Woohoo, we made it to Katherine. We were so happy to be arriving in a big town! Our food supplies were running low and we wanted to do a big food shop. Lucky for us Katherine has a Woolworths store. This is the only big-chain supermarket in between Alice Springs and Darwin so it is always filled with travellers. We found we needed to get there early as the shelves get cleared pretty much every day.
We stayed in Katherine for a week, accommodation isn’t cheap and we found pretty quickly that we were not going to get a powered site for less than $50 a night. So we headed to the caravan park with the best pool and parked up for the week.
Travelling is never a lonely experience because you will always run into people that you have met along the way. Which is what happened to us. We parked next to a family that we had met in Mataranka, so beers were cracked, the kids were jumping with joy and us Mumma’s headed to the pool area with wine.
What To Do In Katherine
Katherine Gorge is one stop to add to your list of places to visit when in Katherine. It is a 10-kilometre drive from the town and has a short but steep climb to the viewing point that overlooks the river. At the bottom, you can hire canoes or even take a tour boat along the river. Booking in advance is required as during the busy season it gets booked fast.
Katherine Hot Springs
Katherine is hot! But you can cool down at the hot springs which are located just a 5-minute drive out of town. These are a must when passing through. Take a pool noodle and float around in the pool or float downstream and listen to the water run over the rocks.
After your relaxing swim, you can enjoy breakfast at the cafe above the springs.
If you have a few hours to spare you can go for a fish, a swim or head across the river with your 4 wheel drive at Knotts Crossing. This picturesque place is great for the kids to explore and find rocks. As always in the Northern Territory keep an eye out for those crocs!
Cutta Cutta Caves
The last time we went into some underground limestone caves was in Margaret River in Western Australia. So we thought it was time to check some out here in the top end. The caves are home to rare ghost and horseshoe bats and the guide is a great guy who loves to have a chat.
Now Edith Falls isn’t in Katherine but it is only a 50-minute drive from Katherine and is well worth the day trip. Edith Falls is open between the months of May- October and has plenty of walking trails to suit all fitness levels. When it gets hot you can have a dip in one of the plunge pools there.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Katherine and if you have anything to add to the list of places to see please drop them in the comments below.
Safe and happy travels.
Kylie and Dan