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Flora River Katherine NT

The most magical river in the Katherine Region (when seen via canoe)
Spring water they should bottle.

Not suitable for swimming in as in April 2005, a rather large saltwater crocodile was removed just down a bit from the campground. It is a real pity.

falls from the viewing area downstream of the campground

Located 125km from Katherine, 90 km along the Victoria Highway to the turn off with the last 35 km access on a formed dirt road. It may not be suitable for caravans until the grader has been through (May/June).

Viewing the river can be disappointing from the bank, as there is alot of vegetation along the riverbank. You can still capture the beauty of the river, however the best way is to get out onto the river in a canoe and have a look from the middle. There is a nice little walk from the campground through the vegetation to a viewing point that looks out over several of the many waterfalls along the Flora River.


The Flora River is made up of Tufa Dams (like asian rice paddys on a hillside). These Tufa dams are caused by Lime build up from the spring water forming a lip or dam across the path of the river , building up over the years and redirecting the water flow into many dozens of waterfalls all the way down the river.

When we canoed the Flora a few years back


Pandanus & palm lined river

Getting around the 20 or so flora river waterfalls

The Flora River would have to be the prettiest River in the Katherine Region. Created from massive amounts of Spring water bubbling from the depths of the Earth , it cuts its way through the Northern Territory bush encouraging unique growth along its banks that you do not see along the usual seasonal rivers.

Kathleen falls at Flora River Campground
Kathleen Falls at the Flora River campground

The campground is also a gem, nice showers & toilets, not being heavily frequented by tourist traffic, so if you are lucky when you visit, you may share the beauty of the Flora with only a few.

If you are interested in reading about our Canoe trip down the Flora & Daly Rivers and seeing a lot more photos click here for now. We had big Crocs running off the banks into the water as we paddled along.