Nitmiluk National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 244 km southeast of Darwin, around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls. Previously named Katherine Gorge National Park, its northern edge borders Kakadu National Park. The gorges and the surrounding landscape have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park. In Jawoyn, Nitmiluk means "place of the cicada dreaming".
Katherine Gorge, a deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River, is the central attraction of the park. Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, and follow the Katherine River, which begins in Kakadu. During the Dry Season, roughly from April to October, the Katherine Gorge waters are placid in most spots and ideal for swimming and canoeing.
There may be freshwater crocodiles in most parts of the river, as they nest along the banks, but they are harmless to humans. Saltwater crocodiles regularly enter the river during the wet season, when the water levels are very high, and are subsequently removed and returned to the lower levels at the onset of the dry season. Thus, swimming in the Wet Season is prohibited, as crocodiles don't respond to swimmers' questioning them if they are fresh or saltwater ones. Cruises of various lengths go as far as the fifth gorge.
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Oh my, but it is really lovely! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Indeed it IS gorgeous! Lovely series of photos.ReplyDelete
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Wow. We've not done NT, but you're making me think we should!!ReplyDelete
This post is perfectly named...it certainly is a gorgeous gorge.ReplyDelete
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Love the red hues in the rocks. Thanks for linking to Ruby Tuesday Too!ReplyDelete
So beautiful! I'd love to visit there…ReplyDelete
Wow! What great sights to see. And such a lot of gorges under one name.ReplyDelete