7 days in Katherine & Mataranka Itinerary

7 days in Katherine & Mataranka Itinerary

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7 days in Katherine & Mataranka Itinerary

Start: Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
Drive:  4​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
End: Darwin


Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery and Low Level Nature Reserve. There's lots more to do: relax in the rural setting at Katherine Outback Experience, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katherine Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls, and take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Katherine trip planner.

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mataranka.

Things to do in Katherine

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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge


Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Elsey National Park has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park and Elsey Cemetery National Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Mataranka: Larrimah (Larrimah Museum & Gorrie Airfield). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Bitter Springs, identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, and go for a walk through Mataranka Falls.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mataranka trip maker app .

You can drive from Katherine to Mataranka in 1.5 hours. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mataranka

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Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Mataranka Falls ©
Mataranka Falls