Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
INCLUDED IN FARE
There is a tangible connection you will feel to the dramatic, ancient scenery unfolding as you wind your way down the Katherine River on a relaxing cruise.
Making this experience even more memorable is the commentary that explains the significance of Nitmiluk to the Indigenous Jawoyn people and the many stories that celebrate their spiritual connection to the gorge.
You’ll hear the characteristic shrill of the cicadas reverberating off the cliff faces as your expert guide navigates you through the swirling waters of the First and Second Gorges. Keep a keen eye out for the many species of wildlife and unique plants that have adapted to this unique environment – your guide will point out what you need to look for.
Recommended Fitness Level: Moderate – Guests to board and disembark boats unassisted. Approx. 2km of walking over natural paths and rocky terrain.
Katherine Outback Experience
INCLUDED IN FARE (May - Oct)
The Katherine Outback Experience lets you into the lives of those who call the outback home, with a fascinating day of discovery, showing what it’s like to live and work on a huge cattle station.
You’ll hear rollicking stories, join interactive experiences, see cattle dog demonstrations and hear live music performances. You’ll also meet the many dedicated people and animals it requires to keep a station functioning.
Head to the Stockyards where an entertaining exhibition of outback life includes a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking and the intimate connection between man and horse. Enjoy a demonstration by the Riverboyne Dog Team as the work cattle, goats or even ducks into orderly submission.
You’ll also get to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie anthems and originals often performed from horseback.
Recommended Fitness Level: Low – Recommended for guests with mobility requirements. Katherine Outback Experience show is conducted in an undercover arena with full seating available.
Cutta Cutta Caves
INCLUDED IN FARE (APR - OCT)
Formed millions of years ago and still growing today, the Cutta Cutta Caves are found 15 metres below the surface. The cave system is home to a variety of native wildlife and is rich in Indigenous culture and modern European history.
The park covers 1499 hectares of limestone landscape. Inside the caves, you may see sparkling limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave system is home to five species of bats, including the rare Ghost and Horseshoe bats. Around 170 species of birds have been recorded within the park, including the Hooded Parrot and the endangered Gouldian Finch. It is also possible that you will see a harmless brown tree snake coiled on a cave ledge. Cutta Cutta is a Jawoyn word meaning “many stars”, as they believe that caves are where the stars rest during the day.
Cutta Cutta Caves are associated with Barrac Barrac, or Diver Duck dreaming creation stories by the local “Jawoyn” Indigenous people.
Recommended Fitness Level: High – Guests must be able to navigate steep stairs, walking in low light and comfortable being underground.
NITMILUK GORGE HELICOPTER FLIGHT
OPTIONAL UPGRADE - $250 per person (limited availability)
While science suggests that this stunning landscape was carved over the millennia by the elements, the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people, believe that the Gorge system was created by Bula. The most important figure in Jawoyn dreaming stories, Bula and his two wives hunted across this land and in doing so he transformed the landscape through his actions.
Take a helicopter flight to fully appreciate the sheer enormity of the river. As you fly over all 13 gorges, see if you can follow the path of Bula as you move through the region as he did. A view from the air is the best way to appreciate the complexity of the system that makes up Nitmiluk Gorge.
As this experience is an optional upgrade, a cost of $250 per person will be payable direct to your Hospitality Attendant. If you choose this experience, you will not be able to participate in the included Off Train Experiences.
Recommended Fitness Level: Low – Guests required to board and disembark helicopter unassisted.
PLEASE NOTE: Weight restrictions of 130kg per person do apply.