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Nitmiluk Gorge Dawn Tour



Experience the stunning beauty of Nitmiluk Gorge in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory on this two hour dawn cruise. Embrace the peaceful morning air, and nestle yourself in the glorious morning glow of the escarpment walls – a photographer’s dream!

Your knowledgeable guide will accompany you through the first gorge, before allowing you to stretch your legs en-route to the second gorge. The walk will be approx. 400m (each way) to the second gorge, where you will re-board a boat to travel through the second gorge. Along the way, you will be enlightened with cultural stories, history of the Nitmiluk region, information of flora and fauna and much more!

Insights into your experience

The colours of the early morning awaken as you emerge into the first gorge. See the mist rising above the smooth water’s surface, hear the wildlife stirring from the night before and breathe in the crisp clean air. This cruise allows passengers to discover the unspoiled beauty of the morning - a truly memorable start to the day. 

Prior to departing on this two gorge cruise a light snack is served.  Depending on the time of year it may still be dark prior to boarding, which adds to the anticipation of what lies ahead. The cruise requires guests to walk between the first and second gorge prior to boarding another boat that takes you into the second largest gorge in the gorge system.

The view between the two gorges is spectacular at this time of day. The awakening sun coming through the cliffs highlights the large rock faces on both sides, and it’s a beautiful contrast to the calm waters. 

It’s a really magical time of the day and the incredibly soft lighting is a photographer’s dream. What an amazing way to bring in the start of the day, you are the only boat on the water and you have the beautiful gorge to yourself.

For our guides, a trip along the river means so much more than just a tour. We are very fortunate to have guides who are incredibly passionate, experienced and professional, with an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Katherine River’s year cycle and wildlife. The Nitmiluk Guides will provide you with in-depth, memorable experiences and factual information to enhance your visit beyond your expectations.



You should bring

Walking shoes

Things to know

This is a two hour cruise that departs at 7am daily from May to October. 

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  • Two gorge experience
  • Tea & coffee and a snack prior to departure

Things to bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Protective clothing
  • Insect repellent

On Board the Vessel: 

  • Drinking water
  • Toilet facilities

This tour is subject to weather and river conditions and will operate with a minimum of 12 passengers
Children: 5yrs (inclusive) and under = FOC / 6 – 15yrs (inclusive) = child rate / 16yrs (inclusive) and over = adult rate
There are steps and walks (uneven natural and/or man made paths) of approx 400m each way, please wear appropriate footwear and be always aware of your surroundings. Those with mobility issues are welcome to stay at the crossover; otherwise we do not recommend participating on this tour.

Meeting point

The Nitmiluk Boat Ramp, Nitmiluk Tours. Please arrive 15 mins prior to departure time


Gorge Road, Nitmiluk National Park. Located 30km from the township of Katherine, allow 30 minutes driving time.

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