Jatbula Trail

The Jatbula Trail, located within Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine, is a four-to-five day adventure walk that showcases the best of Katherine region in the Northern Territory. The trail is only marked in one direction, from Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge to Leliyn / Edith Falls and is 58 kms long. The trail may be closed between October and May. There are checkpoint books to sign along the way, as well as ECDs (Emergency Call Device) and helipads. A three-to-five day bushwalk.

The Jatbula Trail features stunning scenery, waterfalls and Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art. The trail is a four to five day walk that is only marked in one direction, from Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk Visitor Centre) to Leliyn / Edith Falls. The Jatbula Trail is a long and potentially difficult walk, however, adequate preparation will ensure a safe and pleasant trip. There is a ferry service across the Katherine River as part of the walk on the first day.

Walkers must register at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre before departing on the walk and report your arrival to the Kiosk at Leliyn / Edith Falls. A refundable AUD50.00 deposit is required when you register and will be returned when you arrive at Leliyn / Edith Falls. There is also a camping fee of AUD3.30 per person per night and will be collected when you register.

Walkers need to make their own arrangements for transport to the gorge and from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

Starts at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), Katherine. Ph (08) 8972 1886.

Waterfalls on the Jatbula Trail

Leliyn / Edith Falls is located on the western side of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). Swimming is permitted in the paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls most of the year. There is a kiosk and camping facilities at the locality. Walking trails lead to other numerous rock pools and the waterfalls in the area.


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Seventeen Mile Falls is one of the lesser known attractions and waterfalls in the Katherine/Nitmiluk National Park region. A hidden gem, it can only be accessed by trekkers 28km along the Jatbula Trail.

Crystal Falls is 9km further along the Jatbula Trail from Biddlecombe Cascades. The Crystal Falls area is a mass of rockpools and rapids and small waterfalls, falling away into the abyss that is Crystal falls.

Biddlecombe Cascades is a popular spot on the Jatbula Trail for having a dip. A series of shaded pools are linked by cascades descending into the westward-facing gorge, letting you choose your personal pristine jacuzzi with a view. There is a campsite, barbecues and toilets at the falls. 9km away is Crystal Falls. The Crystal Falls area is a mass of rockpools and rapids and small waterfalls, falling away into the abyss that is Crystal falls.

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