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Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Canoe Adventure Tours

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    What to Expect
    Make your own way to the boat jetty in Nitmiluk National Park to start any of the following self-guided canoe tours. Please arrive at the boat jetty 30 minutes prior to departure.

    All tour options begin with a scenic boat journey through the first gorge before continuing to explore the second gorge and beyond by canoe. For your self-guided canoe tour, you must be able to carry the canoes if you plan to go further than the second gorge. 

    All of the gorges are separated by barriers of natural rock, therefore to access the next gorge, manual portage of canoes is required. This can be quite strenuous in some sections. 

    Choose from the following tours:

    Malappar Traveller – Second and Third Gorge Experience

    Canoe the second gorge to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Jawoyn Country. Wade in shallow pools between the first and second gorge, or head to Golden Falls to see ancient Jawoyn rock art in the third gorge. Moderate to high fitness level is required for this route.

    Kuluyampi Explorer – Journey Beyond (Third Gorge Plus)

    Visit the vortex holes drilled into the rocks at the top of the third gorge, explore the walking tracks, or relax on the beaches of Smitt Rock between the fourth and fifth gorge. Moderate to high fitness level is required.

    Barrak Barrak – 2-day adventure

    Take two days to journey further on the ultimate canoe adventure through the Nitmiluk Gorge river system. Camp out under the Jawoyn night sky in the serenity of the gorge. Only limited numbers of people are allowed on the water for this tour. High fitness level is required.

    Please note: A permit is required to camp within the gorge system. This can be obtained from Parks and Wildlife after a confirmed Nitmiluk reservation has been made. Permits attract a nightly fee, not inclusive in the hire amount. Permits must be paid in cash (correct change). There are no cash/card facilities for Permits.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Nitmiluk National Park, Boat Jetty
    • Paddles (double ended)
    • Life Jackets
    • Entry/Admission - Katherine Gorge
    • Personal Items
    • Camping Equipment
    • Food and drinks
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Please meet 30 minutes prior to departure time at Nitmiluk Boat Jetty.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure that you are sun smart and wear a shirt, hat and sunscreen, and wear mosquito repellent to protect yourself. Take along plenty of water and keep personal belongings to a minimum.
    • SEASONAL: During the months of approximately December – May, canoe hire does not operate for safety reasons, due to poor weather and perilous river conditions. The canoeing season will recommence once Parks and Wildlife have completed their annual safety and crocodile survey.
    • AGE RESTRICTIONS: Children under the age of 5 years (inclusive) are not permitted to canoe due to safety regulations. Children aged between the ages of 6 – 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
    • BEFORE YOU GO: Refundable Cash or Pre-Authorisations are required prior to commencing Canoe Adventure Tours. For day use, the amount will be $50.00 per canoe; the 2 day hire will attract $60.00 per canoe.
    • MANUAL PORTAGE: Manual Portage between all gorges in requires should you wish to explore past the second gorge. Portages vary in difficulty and length.
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Fantastic morning beginning with a boat cruise through the first gorge with our guide Harley who explained do's and Don'ts together with interesting facts. We then collected our life vests and paddles and boarded our double canoe. Time to explore the next two gorges, swim...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Julie S
    Reviewed 11 August 2019 via mobile

    Recommend also with teenagers. We did half day canoeing in gorges. Spotted crocs , birds and other wildlife. We reached end of 3. gorge. Friendly and helpful crew, pointing out and stopped the boat to have a closer look at the freshwater crocs on the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank PerN503
    Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

    Beautiful way to explore the canyon, but I would not recommend going further than the 3rd gorge, since you have to carry your canoe to the next gorge by yourself which is already a very hard job for only 5 minutes, the way to the...More

    Thank 1970saskiak
    Reviewed 2 August 2019 via mobile

    Today we made the canoe tour 4,5 h (half day tour). We were picked up with a boat at 8.00 am which bring us to the first gorge (30 mins less canoe time). We arrived there and had a short walk to the nose-piece. There...More

    1  Thank juliako1994
    Reviewed 15 July 2019

    My wife and I booked the day trip but had to give up after we got to the end of the 3rd. gorge. No way could we get the canoe over the long stretch of rocks into the 4th gorge. We aborted and lazily got...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank 189PJL
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    28 July 2019|
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    Response from Murphy777 | Reviewed this property |
    No but the scenery is amazing
    Debbie M
    1 November 2018|
    Response from Sam H | Reviewed this property |
    Check out their website for frequently asked questions. Your answers will be there. My hubby and I had a double canoe but felt with hauling a double over rocks between us, we could have managed better with singles.
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