Wednesday, 23 March 2016


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.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. wonderful scenery, would love to walk and climb there.... and shooting photo's ofcourseeee

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

  2. Great place and wonderful photos. I like

  3. Great snapshots of the gorge but I really would not like
    to swim alongside the crocs though!

    ABCW team.

  4. Hi,
    Awesome shots! It's kind of like the Grand Canyon
    in the U.S. Have a great day!

  5. Are you sure that the crocs don't give a snappy response to swimmers. Love sandstone, such a beautiful colour.

  6. Wonderful series. Such character in these mountains.
    Thanks for sharing at

  7. This is a very interesting place to have a trip and admire those stone formations of the gorge. Amazing zone, with that croc...!!

  8. love that copper-colored facade!