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Katherine is a town in Norther Territory, Australia. It is situated on the Katherine River (after which it is named) in the 'Top End', 320 kilometres (200 miles) southeast of Darwin. It is the fourth largest settlement in the Territory and the third largest and southernmost major settlement in the Top End. Katherine had an urban population of 5,849 on the 2006 Census night. Katherine is also the closest major town to RAAF Base Tindal,located 17 km southeast and provides education, health, local government services and employment opportunities for the families of Defence personnel stationed there. At the 2006 Census, the base had a residential population of 677, with 24.5% of the workforce engaged in employment outside of defence, the majority commuting to work in Katherine.

Beginning as an outpost established with the Australian Overland Telegraph Line on the North-South transport route between Darwin and Adelaide, Katherine has grown with the development of transport and local industries including mining - particularly gold mining: a strategic military function with RAAF Base Tindal; also as a tourism gateway to the attractions of nearby Nitmiluk National Park, particularly Katherine Gorge and its many ancient rock paintings. The region is known to experience heavy flooding during "the wet season".

From the North
To the South
Katherine River

Main Street
Main Street

Main Street
Nitmiluk, Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk, Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk, Katherine Gorge
Katherine Show
Wet Season
The Past

Katherine's population swells immensely during the Dry Season. Each year elderly people (termed 'Grey Nomads'), from the colder parts of Australia, pack caravans and head north to Katherine.


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