Katherine is an easy-going town located approximately 300 kilometres south of Darwin. The Katherine River flows through the township and it is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory with a population of over 10 766*.
Its young population and friendly environment make it a great place for families. It’s the kind of place where everyone takes the time to say hello.
Many people move to Katherine for work - and enjoy the place so much they decide to make it home. There’s plenty to do in and around Katherine. Nitmiluk National Park is the area’s main tourist attraction. The stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge has ancient rock art and is a great place to spend a day with the family, relaxing or getting active with bush walks and canoeing.
The Katherine Hot Springs and Mataranka Thermal Springs are both popular locations for taking a relaxing soak. Edith Falls, part of Nitmiluk National Park, is a great place for picnics, barbecues, swimming and hiking.
Katherine people love a party, so they plan several each year: the annual Katherine Festival is held in August, the Katherine Country Music Muster is held in May and the Katherine Show draws people from throughout the region each July.
There is also an annual debutante ball and many more minor events that keep townspeople entertained and in June 2011 the town held its first Fringe Festival.
Sport is a popular pastime in Katherine and there are a number of facilities, including the air-conditioned multi-purpose Henry Scott Recreation Centre, several ovals, a BMX track, swimming pool, skate park and tennis centre. Facilities are also located at the showgrounds and at club venues such as the Katherine Motor Sports Club and the Katherine Country Golf Club, which hosts golf, lawn bowls and netball.
Health services in Katherine are provided by the modern Katherine District Hospital and Katherine Health Centre. There are seven schools in Katherine, including the Katherine School of the Air and the NT Rural College.
* Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Quick Stats, 2011 Census.
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