The Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, just 27km south of Katherine and easily accessible from the Stuart Highway, is a place of wonder - an underground series of limestone caves, 15 metres below the earth, which was created millions of years ago with the unique formations still growing today
You’ll discover scintillating crystals, mysterious lakes and helicites, which defy gravity. The caves are also home to small, blind, albino micro beasts (a variety of shrimp) but they’re deep inside and you’ll require special permission to venture that far inside the Cutta Cutta.
You’ll Never, Never Know…
Consider this: Katherine is just a few hours’ drive away from the small pastoral town of Mataranka with its sandy bottomed thermal pool, local art and true bush hospitality. The area was made famous by Jeannie Gunn’s 1908 novel We Of The Never Never, written about nearby Elsey Station.
That has long gone but Mataranka now boasts a replica of the Elsey Homestead, so that visitors may understand what it may have been look like to live in such an isolated part of the world. This reproduction of the original homestead was built for the 1980s’ film adaptation of We of the Never Never.
The Never Never museum also has much information about about the traditional owners of the land - the Mangarayi and Yangman people.
The essence of being in the Northern Territory is to learn more about its ancient history and to spend with indigenous guides and artists who are always ready to engage you.
It’s also about the living creatures who share this land. You may feel awed as you watch enormous barramundi being plucked from a billabong on the twice daily tours of Territory Manor and discover the majesty of these fish.
The Never Never was also one of the locations for Crocodile Dundee . Never Never Safari Tours will take you to the spot where it was filmed with your guide pointing out indigenous rock art along the way.
Journey from Mataranka to learn more about indigenous culture with a full day tour at Djilpin Arts and the spectacular Beswick Falls, Malkgulumbu, which is home to the world-famous Walking With Spirits festival.
Beswick Falls is only accessible with a local guide and you will spend the afternoon walking, swimming or fishing, soaking up the ancient stories of this mystical place.
For a complete change of pace, at the Djilpin Art Centre, you may explore the Blanasi Collection, a showcase of culturally significant art works in the West Arnhem painting style and curated by late elder and dijeridu master, David Blanasi. The tour organiser is Djilpin Arts.
During your holiday in Katherine, you will have no doubt tested your limits by canoeing, swimming, hurling yourself under waterfalls, trekking between the gorges and even climbing into a chopper to take it all in again. Your limbs may feel a little tender now but you will be buzzing about everything that you have done and the extraordinary people you have met along the way. Your legendary status is now complete.