Where is it? Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park, NT

The classic novel We of the Never Never by Jeannie Gunn, was written in the early 1900s. Set on a cattle station at Mataranka, it was the first glimpse many city-dwelling schoolkids had of the untouched, predominantly Indigenous Outback.

“If you can get an Indigenous Aussie to take you around you’ll never forget the experience.” Catriona Rowntree

North of Mataranka is Nitmiluk National Park’s sandstone country, where a cruise down the Katherine River see walls of rock stretch up hundreds of metres on either side of you. Hire a canoe and paddle downriver on a self-guided camping tour with a small-group operator, or hike the 66km Jatbula Trail and swim in its waterholes.

But for real insight, hook up with an Indigenous tour operator. Nitmiluk Tours is owned and run by the Jawoyn community, the traditional owners of Katherine Gorge.

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