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Living in Katherine

Hiker watching the sunset at Katherine Gorge

Where the outback meets the tropics, now you’re in adventure territory.

Katherine’s history of flooding is evident in the suburban landscape of the town which typified by stilt houses. Homes are built for big families offering big yards and pools.

This small community offers modern facilities for residents including shopping, cinemas, hotels and cafes.

Katherine is a central base for major government providers and surrounding pastoral properties, as well as the nearby RAAF Tindal defence base. This results in modern hospital facilities and air medical services, a large high school and primary school options, sporting grounds and community swimming pool. Katherine is also home to the world’s largest school room – Katherine School of the Air.

For information on the real estate market in the Northern Territory read the REINT’s real estate local market publication. Check your favourite online real estate website for accommodation options.

Hiker in KatherineCouple hiking in KatherineFriends at Katherine Gorge

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The Weather

Katherine experiences a sub-tropical climate. It’s similar to its larger Top End neighbours in that has only two distinct seasons, The Wet and The Dry; however, the temperature can creep a little higher during those wetter months and a little lower over The Dry.

Katherine’s Dry Season is characterised by low humidity and cool nights, often dropping as low as 10C over June and July. This makes for beautiful sunny days perfect for outdoor adventures. At this time of year Katherine sees an influx of family and friends out exploring the pristine swimming spots and national parks.

Katherine’s Wet Season occurs from October through March and brings with it high humidity and high temperatures, frequently reaching over 40C. The aptly named ‘Wet’ also beckons dramatic monsoonal rains and electrical storms. These conditions bring a usually quite dry landscape to life with lush greenery and wildlife.

Katherine Gorge at dusk

The Culture

The Katherine region has a population just over 24,000, 60% of which identify as Aboriginal. It holds great historical significance to local Aborigines as the point where the traditional lands of the Dagoman, Jawoyn and Wardaman people meet and has consequently been an important meeting place for thousands of years. This has led to Katherine having rich cultural traditions and a deep awareness of its cultural heritage.

Grey Nomads

Katherine’s population grows significantly during the Dry Season as Grey Nomads flock from the colder parts of Australia in search of the warmth and sunshine of the Northern Territory.

Outdoor Living

Situated amongst some of the most remarkable natural landscape in the world, Katherine locals know how to make the most of the outdoors. Nature-based recreation activities are a huge part of the Katherine adventure and residents spend their days camping, fishing, canoeing, bush-walking, hunting, swimming and all-round EXPLORING the magnificent Outback.

Katherine man painting

Working in Katherine

Located 314km south of Darwin and 1142km north of Alice Springs, Katherine is often referred to as the ‘crossroads’. The town is a critical centre for servicing the many remote communities in the surrounds and offers enormous employment potential for individuals excited about a chance to grow both professionally and personally. Opportunities exist in a variety of fields from education and administration through to health and social work.

To learn more about what opportunity looks like in Katherine explore some of our first-hand accounts from those who have made the leap and experienced career advancement.

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