Katherine is the only significant city, situated between Alice Springs and Darwin, and has everything necessary for a small city to be independent. The city is located to the South from the Kakadu National Park and has its own small airport.
In Katherine art of aborigines is widely represented. A lot of didgeridoos and other pieces of art that are sold in Alice Springs or Darwin are made here.
For a long time Katherine was the most important resting point. The river, after which the city was named and on the banks of which it was built, was the only fresh water supply to the North of Alice Springs.
However, citizens of Katherine had to experience the flip side of the coin too, because the river supplied the city not only with fresh water, but also inflicted serious damage to houses, when overflowing its banks during hard rains.
A flying school is located in Katherine, but it is less attractive for tourists then the Katherine Outback Heritage Museum. This museum, as its name says, displays treasures of outback culture. The museum is located in the old airport terminal about three kilometers north-eastward from the city centre.
For those who want to stay overnight in Katherine, there is a choice between the Kookaburra Backpackers Lodge Motel and the Caravan Park. The Caravan Park is located only five kilometers out of city and has to offer, among other things, a refreshing swim in a separate pool. Here it is necessary to stress that the camping site is well equipped for handicapped and especially for people in wheelchairs. A bistro and a small store make it a perfect place to have a rest.