An outback kayak, Katherine River, Top End, Northern Territory, number #97 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Sue Gough Henly, travel journalist.

“Shimmering water fringed with pandanus and paperbark trees heaving with exotic, prolific birdlife, nighttime camp oven roasts beneath a crystalline sheet of navy; “the Katherine River is incredibly bucolic,” sighs Sue Gough Henly.

“I took my husband and three kids on this trip, and for three days it was just us and our guide. We didn’t see a soul.” The trip is a regular offering by local operator, Gecko Canoeing and Trekking.

“It’s just fabulous,” she says. “There are these stunning beaches right beside the river, where you sleep in swags each night. Your guide carries all the gear and food in their canoe so you just worry about kayaking.

“There’s a real sense of removal from the modern world; it’s a great way to connect with each other.”


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