Travel company Discountmyflights Group has named Katherine as the only NT winner in its contest to name Australia’s best 50 small towns.
The “small town” status afforded to Katherine is no slight as Ballarat, Victoria’s third largest provincial city, was also named as a small town winner.
The group said Katherine’s best features were its natural beauty.
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Town’s best features:
Katherine, located on the Katherine River in the Northern Territory, is a scenic town with natural beauty everywhere you turn. Visitors can get on the water and the Katherine River by boat, rent a canoe at Nitmiluk National Park, fish all day long, explore waterfalls, venture into nearby caves and spend practically every moment of every day in the outdoors.
Why should people visit Katherine?
People visit Katherine to immerse themselves in nature and forget about the stresses of daily life. It’s tough not to relax when you’re soaking in a spring-fed lake or lounging in the Mataranka Thermal Pools south of town. Katherine is a gateway to natural and manmade attractions to the north, south, east and west, but the quaint and quirky town is also a destination in itself.
Katherine Fun Fact
A major flood devastated the town of Katherine on Australia Day of 1998. During the flood, the Katherine River peaked at 20.4 metres.
Where’s the best place to stay when folks visit your town?
Katherine is no stranger to guests, so the town is loaded with bed and breakfasts, hostels, hotels, luxury cabins, caravan parks and camping areas.
What’s the one place that every traveller should check out for eating?
Check out Marksie’s Stockmans Camp Tucker, where you can eat beside a campfire and under the stars for the ultimate Australian bush experience. A meal of traditional roasts and stews made from local meats is served, and the entire experience is fun for kids and adults.
What’s an attraction in your town that every visitor must see/do?
Explore the famous Nitmiluk National Park.