Where the outback meets the tropics, offering a mix of recent history and a story rich in culture.

Katherine has a fascinating history. Ancient Aboriginal culture blends with more recent European settlement, combining to make this town and surrounding region the special place that it is today. Situated on the Katherine River, 320kms southeast of Darwin, Katherine is known as the place 

“where the outback meets the tropics” 

and is the central hub of the Savannah Way, which stretches from Cairns in Queensland, right across to Broome, W.A. The traditional lands of the Jawoyn, Dagoman & Wardaman Aboriginal peoples converge here, a meeting place for the indigenous people for thousands of years, where ancient art and sacred sites abound.

With historic towns such as Pine Creek & Mataranka only an hour’s drive north and south, you can easily self drive your way through history, with the whole region being full of interesting points that highlight the importance of the region during World War II and our pioneering past.

This is a wonderful region to base yourself in, to spend some time and appreciate this ancient land, the culture of the indigenous and the stories that have been passed down through millions of years and generations.

The Explore the Katherine Region – Mataranka – Pine Creek guide offers visitors the means to help maximise time in the region, with suggested itineraries, history, culture and so much more.

Come and explore!