Northern Territory Never Never Holidays
This area of the Northern Territory extends from the southern boundaries of Kakadu and Arnhem Land south to the start of the Barkly Tableland. It's an area the size of France but with only around 20, 000 people. The area has a long history as a cattle raising area and in days long gone, some cattle properties were larger than some European countries.
Places Of Interest - The Never Never
Pine Creek - originated as a gold rush town in the 1870's and a few of the old buildings remain. There has been a recent return to gold mining in the area made possible by modern technology. Visit the Mine Lookout, Miners Park and National Park Museum.
Katherine - the junction of the Stuart Highway and the Victoria Highway which heads west into Western Australia. The School of The Air gives an insight into teaching kids in the Northern Territory outback.
Several tours are available from here including the Cutta Cutta Caves and their bat colonies, canoe treks down the river, the recommended Katherine Gorge (see below) and an Aboriginal corroboree at Springvale Homestead.
Katherine Gorge - situated in the Nitmiluk National Park, the gorge is actually a series of 13 gorges with sheer sandstone cliffs dropping to the Katherine River below. This location is the major attraction in the area and boat cruises on the river are popular.
Manyallaluk - 100 km further south from Katherine. Spend a day with Aboriginal people learning about bush medicine, Aboriginal art and participate in lifestyle activities.