15 days in Katherine, Timber Creek & Mataranka Itinerary

15 days in Katherine, Timber Creek & Mataranka Itinerary

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15 days in Katherine, Timber Creek & Mataranka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  9​h 45​min
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
Timber Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Sydney


Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Change things up with a short trip to Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of life in the country at Katherine Outback Experience, walk around Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nitmiluk National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine day trip tool .

Sydney to Katherine is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect nights in Katherine to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Timber Creek.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kakadu National Park, Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge
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Katherine Outback Experience ©
Katherine Outback Experience
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge

Timber Creek

Timber Creek ©
Timber Creek is an isolated small town on the banks of the Victoria River in the Northern Territory of Australia. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Judbarra / Gregory National Park and then see the interesting displays at Timber Creek Police Station and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Nackeroo Lookout and then explore the striking landscape at Jasper Gorge.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Timber Creek online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Katherine to Timber Creek in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mataranka.

Things to do in Timber Creek

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Victoria River
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Judbarra / Gregory National Park ©
Judbarra / Gregory National Park
Nackeroo Lookout ©
Nackeroo Lookout


Mataranka ©
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. Change things up with these side-trips from Mataranka: Larrimah (Gorrie Airfield & Larrimah Museum). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Bitter Springs, explore the striking landscape at Mataranka Thermal Pool, Elsey National Park, identify plant and animal life at Botanic Walk, and walk around Elsey National Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mataranka online vacation planner .

Drive from Timber Creek to Mataranka in 5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mataranka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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Bitter Springs ©
Bitter Springs
Elsey National Park ©
Elsey National Park
Gorrie Airfield ©
Gorrie Airfield