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Attractions - Katherine Region

Overland Telegraph Pylons

Just 1km upstream from Knott's Crossing is one of the original Overland Telegraph pylons, a second pylon is located on the opposite side of the river. The Repeater Station has long since disappeared however the pylons are a reminder of the significant role played by the Overland Telegraph in communications in the north during the early days.


Railway Museum

The station was built between 1924 - 26 and is open to visitors weekdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm during the months of May - September.

Katherine Barra Farm

Located on the way to Katherine Gorge is this small farm set up for those wishing to catch that elusive barramundi. Fishing equipment and lessons are available on site as well as barbeques and an ablution block. Fees apply. See the Katherine Visitor Information Centre for opening times.

Katherine Museum

The Museum is located at the original Katherine Aerodrome nearby Knott's Crossing. The Museum displays are housed in the original terminal buildings and provide an insight into the early history of the Katherine Region. Displays include information about early pastoral activities, World War II and communication. The main exhibit features the original De Havilland Gypsy Moth flown by the first 'flying doctor', Dr. Clive Fenton, which he used in providing medical assistance to remote stations.

NT Rare Rocks

This gallery is located 5 minutes from town and houses a collection of gemstones and unusual rocks from around the Territory. There are some carved into ornaments and pieces of jewellery both on display and for sale.

Katherine School of The Air

Open Monday to Friday Mid March to Mid December
Tour times: 9,10,11.00am 1, 2.00pm
Entry Fee applies
The School of the Air is the World's largest classroom. Students are taught via radio and distance education material. Learn about education in remote areas of the Northern Territory and beyond.

Springvale Homestead

Just 8kms south of Katherine, Springvale Homestead the oldest original homestead in the Territory was established in 1878 and managed by Alfred Giles the ex-Overland Telegraph linesman. Giles brought sheep and cattle up from Adelaide to stock the station and built the homestead in 1879. Near the homestead you will see four huge Indian raintrees of which it is said that Giles' wife planted one for each of their children. The homestead is open to visitors and features displays on the early history. The area around the house is home to many birds and wallabies. During the peak season (May - September) a free tour of the homestead is conducted daily at 3.00pm.