There are numerous ways to get up close and personal with the impressive scenery and wildlife in Nitmiluk National Park. On this mid-May morning, I’m doing it via a boat cruise on two of the gorges in Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.
At the southern tip of Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk (pronounced Nit-me-look) a Jawoyn word meaning cicada place, is 224 kilometres southeast of Darwin and 29 kilometres northeast from the town of Katherine.
Arguably Nitmiluk’s main attraction, the Gorge is a series of 13 steep-walled sandstone water-filled chasms, some with depths up to 100 metres. During the wet season (November – April) the waterways flood and flow for 12 kilometres before opening out further upstream. During the dry season (May – October) when the water level drops, sometimes by two metres, the gorges become separate entities, divided by exposed rocks.
The greeting by one of the locals – a cute agile wallaby – as we entered the carpark was pretty cool too!