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After touring the Victoria River region we arrived at the town of Katherine which is described as being the crossroads for travellers north, south and west and prides itself on being the ‘adventure’ capital of The Territory. It is situated on the Katherine River in the ‘top end’, 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin.
Katherine boasts ten national parks and six rivers in the region and offers fisherman the opportunity to catch a ‘barra’ in the Daly, Victoria, Roper or Limmen Rivers. It is also ideally located only 30 Kms to Nitmiluk National Park and the magnificent Katherine Gorge, which consists of 13 natural gorges carved through sandstone by the Katherine River.
4. Explore the Cutta Cutta Caves, a limestone formation of stalacites and stalagmites, just 27 Kms south of Katherine.
5. Bathe in the idyllic 32 degree C pools at Katherine Hot Springs just 5 minutes from the centre of town.
6. Cycle on the path along the Katherine River which flows through town from Low Level Nature Reserve to Knotts Crossing.
7. Take a snapshot in front of the Katherine icon, a one and a half life size bronze statue of Sabu Peter Sing, a skilled bushman, horseman and stockman.
8. Visit the Katherine Museum for an insight into the early history of the Katherine Region.
9. Experience early station life at the Springvale Homestead established in 1879, the oldest original homestead in the ‘top end’.
10. Take in the indigenous and non-indigenous art and culture at the contemporary Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre.
Mataranka is known as the ‘Capital of the Never Never’. This area was home to Aeneas and Jeanie Gunn, who wrote the famous book about Elsey Station titled ‘We of the Never Never’.
The Mataranka township, which sounds a bit like a Latin dance, sits on the upper reaches of the Roper River, an hour’s drive south-east of Katherine and is home to the hot spring pools of both Bitter Springs and the Mataranka Thermal Pools.
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I thoroughly enjoyed every adventure-filled minute of our time spent in Katherine and Mataranka. Who would have thought that there would be crystal clear warm thermal pools to dip into, or verdant green rainforests to walk through, or refreshing waterholes at the bottom of waterfalls to swim in, or deep river gorges carved through sandstone to meander down by boat or canoe? I had no idea that there was so much astounding natural beauty and interesting places to see in the ‘top end’ of The Territory.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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JohannaAugust 18, 2014
Thanks for some lovely memories! I visited Katherine and Mataranka in 1983 but I expect it was very different back then. But your photos jogged my memory, and it was wonderful to come along with you on your adventure today. Hot, and thermal sounds good – it’s very cold and stormy here!
KathyAugust 18, 2014
Mmm yes a nice hot thermal wallow sounds good. It is also a little chilly here at the moment. Glad you enjoyed taking a trip back in time :)
Pinky PoinkerAugust 18, 2014
Stunning! Katherine Gorge looks amazing. I wonder if the thermal springs have any therapeutic benefits. Probably an ignorant question but do they smell like sulphur? I know the springs in New Zealand do.
KathyAugust 18, 2014
The Katherine Gorge was a highlight. The thermal springs, believe it or not don’t emit any nasty smells. They were very clean and clear.
Christina Furniture Assembly LondonAugust 19, 2014
Damn, you are so blessed to be able to travel to all those amazing places!
KathyAugust 19, 2014
Yes, I do believe that I am blessed. Australia is such a diverse country with spectacular vistas. You should come visit some day. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
LeanneAugust 19, 2014
Australia is a beautiful country, backpackers have commented to me we Australians are truly very lucky, you have no need to go overseas, we have sold our house and working our way around the country, we have gone around Australia in our camper trailer, which got us to this point, we bought a caravan, yes it was very scary leaving our family, but if we didnt, we would have been left wondering, we couldve, shouldve, wouldve, congratulations on your imformative blog
KathyAugust 19, 2014
Thank you Leanne. I’m so glad you are travelling around this magnificent country of ours. We are very blessed:)
Christina Furniture Assembly LondonAugust 27, 2014
I would love to!