Life in Katherine

Katherine offers a relaxed yet active lifestyle. This is why people come for a visit and stay to make it their home.

The area has a sub-tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. The area is a major tourist destination, with premier tourist attraction Katherine Gorge National park (Nitmiluk), along with Gregory, Mataranka and Elsey National Park, Edith Falls and Cutta Cutta caves.

Katherine is a hub for tourists exploring the region primarily in the peak dry season and boasts a modern shopping complex, tourist information centre, a cinema, modern motels, hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Its friendly environment makes Katherine a great place for families. There are seven schools in Katherine, including Katherine School of the Air and Kintyre Special School for disabled children as well as university campuses. 

There are plenty of sporting opportunities with local facilities including the air-conditioned Henry Scott Recreation Centre, numerous ovals, public swimming pools, tennis centre and BMX, motocross and speedway tracks and much more.

Katherine offers an active arts and cultural scene and annual large community events offer something for everyone. Events include the Katherine Festival, Katherine Country Music Muster, Katherine Horse Races and Katherine Agricultural Show.

There are modern health services available at the Katherine District Hospital and private medical and allied health services offer a diversity of health care.