Where the outback meets the tropics

Katherine is a worthwhile stop on any trip to the Northern Territory. Discover a region of gorges, waterfalls, thermal springs, and ancient culture.

We're about a three-hour drive from Darwin, where there is an airport. Check the NT Road Report here.

Katherine is a modern thriving regional centre that offers a wide range of services. We have a modern air-conditioned shopping centre, hospital, sportsgrounds, parks and gardens as well as a large number of government services.

The municipality of Katherine covers a region of 7416km2 and is located on the beautiful Katherine River, offering excellent fishing, walking and cycling trails and recreational parks and reserves.

The Katherine region is 326,326km2, larger than the Australian state of Victoria. The total population of the region is just over 21,000 people of which 52% identify as Indigenous.


The climate of Katherine is monsoonal with a short wet season from December to April, and a longer dry season from May to November. Annual temperatures are quite high, the average maximum being 34.2 degrees and average minimum 20.2 degrees.

Katherine Hot Springs

Photo: Shaana McNaught/Tourism NT

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Enjoy relaxing in these natural thermal springs right in the Katherine township. There are multiple pools to choose from, with a boardwalk connecting them. The main pool has a wheelchair access ramp, stainless steel handrails and steps formed out of rock.

While they're called hot springs, don't expect a warm bath. The average temperature of the springs are 25 degrees celsius.

The springs are open daily from 7am to 7pm. Access to the Katherine Hot Springs is usually discouraged during the wet season (October – April) as the springs can flood as the Katherine River, which they connect to, rises.

Swimming at the Katherine Hot Springs is always at your own risk. There is no lifeguard on duty. 

The parkland above the hot springs is a great place to have a picnic, with a grassed area shaded by trees and a children's playground. The Pop Rocket Café operates in the dry season.

Visit Katherine

To learn more about what there is to do in Katherine, check our the Visit Katherine website, and tag them in your social media photos. 




+61 8 8972 2650

Some tourism options the town offers include scenic flights, world class fishing, canoeing, sunset catered river cruises, local art and culture, museums, cafes, restaurants and bars.

To customise your adventure, call or email the Visitor Information Centre in advance so we can plan your experience for you. Or you can simply pop in and chat with one of our friendly staff.