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Katherine is a town situated 320 km southeast of Darwin in the "Top End" of the
Northern Territory, Australia.
It is the third largest settlement in the territory after the capital Darwin and Alice Springs.
At the 2001 census, Katherine had a population of 6,488.
Set in promising grazing and future agricultural country, the town's main economic source has
often been gold, but this has lessened after the closing of the mine at Mt Todd.
There is increasing tourism and the RAAF Base Tindal 17 km southeast of town is also contributing
to the economy. The town has several churches, sporting clubs, parks, a well kept golf course, and a showground.
The well known and spectacular Katherine Gorge in the Nitmiluk National Park near the town has many
ancient rock paintings. These often become flooded during "the wet season" as the river can rise 18 m
in the narrow passage. In a particularly wet season, the paintings higher up can become flooded,
damaging these ancient treasures.
The Park features many activities such as camping, swimming, fishing (lures only), sightseeing,
canoeing, boat cruises and bush walk trails. Butterfly Gorge, within a 6km walk across the escarpment
from the visitor centre, features a large valley filled with lush tropical rainforest/jungle that extends down to the river.
The town was given its name after the daughter of one of the sponsors of John McDouall Stuart who
first saw the area in 1862.
The original inhabitants of the area belong to the Jawoyn, Dagoman and Wardaman language groups.
read full wikipedia reference about Katherine, Northern Territory
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