Camping in the Katherine Gorge National Park

Katherine Gorge Caravan Park & Campground is just near the visitor centre & cafe, at the start of short (& long) walks to the Katherine River & Katherine Gorge.

Camp on grass covered non-powered sites or next to the pool in powered campsites with lots of trees and plenty of shade throughout the entire area.

The large pool in the centre of the caravan park with nice seating and lounge areas at both ends. Just near the pool area is an undercover camp kitchen, picnic tables and an amenity block.

For those that didn’t bring the tent or caravan along, there’s a resort with hotel rooms or safari tent set up with-in the same area, all of witch can be booked at the visitor centre.

Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park
Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park
Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park
Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park

Each of the powered sites or on a flat surface that runs alongside the pool. There’s lots of trees giving a bit of shade. Each caravan or RV will be required to reverse in, and they’re all positioned next to each other in rows.

The non-powered section doesn’t have individual sites. Just pull in and find a suitable place to set up.

It’s a beautiful camp ground with great facilities and amenities, including two outdoor camp kitchens and several shelters.

Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park
Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park
Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park

Campground Facilities

Just beside the pool is an amenities block with clean toilets and showers. Between the males and females is a coin laundry.

Two seperate, basic camp kitchens can be found as well as plenty of other seating areas.

There’s a cafe over at the visitor centre, just a short distance from the caravan park.

Nitmiluk Gorge Caravan Park

Hiking to Katherine Gorge

Hiking out to see part of the Katherine Gorge is easy, and the trails start from over behind the visitor centre.

Although a lot of the amazing parts of Katherine Gorge either require a boat ride or long hiking trail to reach or get a glance of it, it’s less than 1km to get over to a lookout that gives views down into the gorge and back along the Katherine River.

Start by either walking through the visitor centre and following the signs, otherwise find the concrete path coming out the right side of the visitor centre and follow it towards the river (away from the building and camp ground).

Follow the yellow markers.

Once you see the lawn patch alongside the river and a sign for “Boat Tours/Canoe Hire”, follow the walking path that goes slightly up hill, diagonally to the right, coming off the small road.

Katherine Gorge Walking Trail path to Canoe Hire
Katherine Gorge Walking Trail path to the right

The trail will then gradually begin to go up in small, easy sections, then you’ll need to climb up a lot stairs to reach the top of the lookout. You can keep going further, but the lookout is the last part of this return trail.

Stairs on Katherine Gorge Walking Trail
Lots of stairs on Katherine Gorge Walking Trail
Katherine Gorge Lookout
Katherine Gorge Walking Trail Lookout
Katherine River
Cliff at Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge

Head back the way you came from, but on your way back when you’re going down the stairs, follow the stairs all of the way down and if the river is low enough, follow the lawn back to the Boat Hire area and then the concrete path back to the visitor centre.