Katherine is the third-largest town in the Northern Territory, with a population of around 8,000 and is located 300 kilometres south of Darwin. The town was named by the explorer John McDouall Stuart, after Catherine, the daughter of his benefactor. The region is home to the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Katherine is often described as a place where ‘the outback meets the tropics’ and is well equipped with a range of accommodation and facilities.

Travellers visiting Katherine may like to browse the Katherine Railway Museum, view the fine collection of Aboriginal art at Katherine Art Gallery, relax in the Katherine Hot Springs or gain an insight into the workings of a cattle station with a visit to the historic Springvale Homestead, built in 1878.

Quick Facts

Katherine is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Katherine  in Northern Territory, it is located approximately 270kms from the capital Darwin and extends over an area of 5.02 square kilometres. Katherine has a recorded population of 1488 residents and is within the Australian Central Standard Time zone Australia/Darwin.

If you are planning a visit to Katherine we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Katherine and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.