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Katherine is a town of under 10,000 inhabitants, making it the third largest town in the Northern Territory in Australia (after Darwin and Alice Springs). Traditionally, gold was the economic life source of the town, but tourism has been increasing as travellers are drawn to the town for its location near Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge.
Katherine has a hot and humid tropical climate. The hottest days are during the built up to the wet season in October and November when temperatures hit 40 °C during the day. Even some nights are around 30 °C during these months. The wet season lasts from November to March. Wintermonths are still warm and humid but with average daytime temperatures around 30 °C this is obviously the best time to visit. It is mostly dry with the occasional shower.
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|Avg Min||24.2 °C||24.1 °C||23.1 °C||20.8 °C||17.1 °C||14.1 °C||13.2 °C||14.5 °C||20.2 °C||23.8 °C||24.7 °C||24.5 °C|
Katherine does have an airport, but no commercial flights fly there. Charter flights can be arranged. Most people get to Katherine by flying to Darwin and driving from there.
The Ghan is an train that runs from Adelaide to Darwin twice a week (and vice versa), stopping at Katherine along the way. Note the Ghan is not cheap: an adult one-way ticket from Adelaide costs at least $710; from Alice Springs, it costs at least $355 one-way.
Katherine is located at the intersection of the Stuart Highway and the Victoria Highway. You can drive south to Katherine from Darwin along the Stuart (4 hours), north from Alice Springs along the Stuart (13.5 hours), or east from Broome along the Victoria Highway (18 hours). Since these are very long distances through desert, make sure you are carrying enough water.
Greyhound has buses towards Darwin and Alice Springs and even buses to Perth (originating in Darwin) are available.
|Palm Court Backpackers||Giles St. & Third St||Hostel||75|
|Knotts Crossing Resort||Corner of Giles Street & Cameron Stree||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most reasonably sizable townssuburbs will have at least one post office. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.55. Internationally, it costs $1.40 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.45 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.10 to anywhere else in the world. . It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail.
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