Katherine Charter Flights in the Northern Territory of Australia. Situated on the Katherine River below the “Top End”, 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Territory and is known as the place where “The outback meets the tropics”.
Beginning as an outpost established with the Australian Overland Telegraph Line on the North-South transport route between Darwin and Adelaide, Katherine has grown with the development of transport and local industries including mining – particularly gold mining; a strategic military function with RAAF Base Tindal; also as a tourism gateway to the attractions of nearby Nitmiluk National Park, particularly Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and its many ancient rock paintings. The region is known to experience heavy flooding during the wet season.
Katherine town and surrounds provide plenty of park and garden areas. Dakota Park, Giles Park, Styles Park Jurassic Cycad Gardens, Jukes Park and O’Shea Park are in the town. Tourist attractions include Nitmiluk National Park and Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, Kintore Caves Nature Park with its populations of endangered Cycads, Low Level Nature Park, Springvale Homestead and Katherine Hot Springs. Other significant parks of the region include Elsey National Park, Gregory National Park and Giwining/Flora River Nature Park.
Along Riverbank Drive on the Katherine River, Katherine Hot Springs provide swimming, shaded picnic tables and barbecue facilities set amongst monsoon forest and tall paperpark trees and ghost gums, with an abundant array of birds and wildlife. A paved pathway loops around and along the Katherine River and mountain bike trails weave on and off a paved pathway down to the river. A cafe and bike hire are situated at the Hot Springs Carpark in the dry season (May to October).
Boab tree along the Katherine River Fishing for Barramundi, Tarpon (Ox-eye Herring) and Sooty Grunter, locally known as “Black Bream”, is also popular along the Katherine River. The river hosts a diverse variety of fish species. The low level Nature Reserve the hot springs and Nitmiluk National Park are regularly checked for crocodiles and are regarded reasonably safe for swimming during the dry season months.
Popular fishing spots:
Donkey Camp, the Old King River Crossing, Knott’s Crossing and Edith River are good fishing spots. The Flora River 90 minutes southwest of town also offers excellent barramundi fishing either by casting from the bank or by small boat. The Flora is inhabited by saltwater crocodiles year-round and swimming is not permitted.
Both freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) and saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) inhabit river systems in the Katherine Region.
Katherine Airport is 15 kilometres south of the town centre on the Stuart Highway.
This small airport services charter flights only. Its passenger terminal houses public toilets and telephones but is without retail or food outlets so make sure you pack everything you need to take on board. There are no car-hire counters at the passenger terminal, and while there is a taxi rank, it’s advisable to arrange transport to and from the airport in advance.
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