Northern Rockhole
  • Length: 9km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Nitmiluk Visitor Centre

  • End: Nitmiluk Visitor Centre

  • Closest Town: Katherine

  • Location: Nitmiluk National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 345km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -14.315494

  • Longitude: 132.420788

Northern Rockhole is a 9km, grade 3 Return hike located in Nitmiluk National Park Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Summary

Northern Rockhole, in Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), is an enjoyable half day walk from the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre at Katherine Gorge. It’s also a lovely lunch spot on the first day of the iconic Jatbula Trail. You’ll climb over dark volcanic rocks to reach the base of the falls, where you can see many layers of sedimentary rocks in the cliff face. A lovely swimming spot, in the early half of the year, is usually a single drop waterfall that you can bathe beneath. As it starts to dry out, the smooth green pool provides unusual ‘must see’ reflections.

You can do the return walk from the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre to Northern Rockhole in a day. Walkers must register at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre and will need to book a short Ferry ride to cross the Katherine River – You can book this at the Visitors Centre.

Getting there

Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Katherine, Northern Territory

About the region

Nitmiluk National Park

You’ll be drawn to the majestic beauty and sheer size of the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge.

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Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, rock art sites dot the park and dreaming stories bring the silent gorge walls to life. You can learn about the Jawoyn people’s association with the land at the Nitmiluk Centre or by taking a boat cruise of the first few gorges. Take sunrise or sunset cruises and see the gorge turn all shades of mauve and red.

There are canoes for hire or you can get a permit to use your own canoe from the Nitmiluk National Park Visitor Centre. You can canoe to the fourth, sixth and ninth gorges and camp overnight, but make sure you book ahead of time by calling Nitmiluk Tours on (08) 8972 1253 or 1300 146 743.

You can use fishing lures in areas of the Katherine River, but fishing is not permitted in Edith Falls. Walkers have plenty of trails to choose from and waterfalls to see, but the ultimate trek is the 62km Jatbula Trail. To fully experience Nitmiluk Gorge, take a helicopter ride and get set down for a swim in one of the harder to reach gorges.

 


For more information on these trails please visit the Do the NT.