The caves’ sublime subterranean mineral formations are a must-see for visitors to the NT. Pic: Shaana McNaught/

The infamous Cutta Cutta Caves are one of the NT’s top tier attractions. Well worth a visit whether you’re a born and bred Darwinian or an interstate blow-in.

The subterranean wonderland is protected by the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, and is located just 30km out of the regional centre of Katherine.

The park protects a 1500-hectare stretch of spectacular rocky wilderness, home to some of the Territory’s most spectacular limestone formations and the renowned cave network.

The caves are a must-see for visitors venturing out of Darwin to check out the Katherine region, and the park is open year round except when flooding and unpredictable weather necessitate wet season closures.

As with anywhere this far north, the most comfortable time for a visit is during the dry season between May and August.


4WDING is not a major feature of the park, although unsealed roads throughout necessitate an AWD vehicle at a minimum.

THE CUTTACUTTA CAVES are the prime reason for a visit, and private tours are run every day of the year unless the park is subjected to flooding. Bookings are not necessary and tours depart every hour on the hour.

BUSH WALKING is a great way to check out the park’s unique scenery, with the 625m Woodland Walk presenting a fairly gentle option suitable for most visitors. This gentle hike can be completed in around 20 minutes.


LOCATION: Cutta Cutta Nature Park is located 30km south of Katherine, and 340km southeast of Darwin. Access is via the Stuart Highway.

CAMPING is not available within the park, as access is only allowed between 8:30am and 4:30pm daily. Katherine is a great base from which to explore the area, with many accommodation options open to visitors.

FUEL is available in Katherine.

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