The magnificent 12km Nitmiluk Gorge, carved by the Katherine River through the Arnhem Land plateau, is the centrepiece of the Nitmiluk National Park. The river, hemmed in by sheer ochre cliffs, makes for a spectacular cruise or canoeing trip (there are, in fact, thirteen gorges split by sections of rapids). Nitmiluk also welcomes bushwalkers along its eight marked walking trails. Nitmiluk means “place of the cicada dreaming” in the local Jawoyn language, and the Jawoyn people own Nitmiluk Tours, which runs tourist activities in the park.
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