Located on the Katherine River (after which it was named), this city is known as being the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory. It is also the closest major town for the RAAF Base Tindal, located 17km southeast.
The city is very popular amongst travelers, notably those visiting the RAAF base or in the mining industry. It’s also a major stopover point for those travelling through the Territory and is the gateway to many natural attractions.
Many tourists staying at motels in Katherine are most interested in the stunning natural attractions that the region is best known for. The nearby national parks are filled with all sorts of natural wonders and wildlife, from impressive gorges and trails to fishing and crocodiles. The Nitmiluk National Park, in particular, is a popular location to visit – it boasts an amazing 13 gorges!
Another reason that tourists choose accommodation in Katherine is to immerse themselves in the Aboriginal culture, developing a better understanding of the custodians of this ancient land. The region is home to many indigenous cultures and there are plenty of tours to choose from – discover more about food, hunting, dancing, family and history.
If you are looking for budget motels in Katherine, you will have plenty of choice when you choose to book through us. There are plenty of self-contained and standard accommodation options to choose from.
Whether you’re travelling for business or for pleasure, you can rest assured that all our hotels in Katherine will place you within close proximity of everything that you need for the most enjoyable stay possible.
At ARRA, we pride ourselves on offering accommodation that is both comfortable and affordable. Whether you’re travelling with your significant other, children, friends or even alone, we are sure to have the perfect solution.
Katherine is about 3 hours and 20 minutes drive from Darwin – simply jump onto the Stuart Highway and follow it south. The city is located at the juncture of the Stuart and Victoria Highways, so is fairly accessible from all directions.
If you don’t fancy the long road trip, it’s also possible to fly into the city’s regional airport (located in nearby Tindal). Flights departing from Darwin take around 45 minutes, whilst those departing Alice Springs take a little under 3 hours.
Other ways to arrive at accommodation in Katherine include train (the Ghan passes through a few times each week) and coach. Once you’ve arrived in the city, there aren’t really any public transport options, however, it is possible to hire a vehicle or get around via taxi.
When choosing to stay at hotels in Katherine, you can rest assured that you’ll be in close proximity of all the local attractions. Regardless of your age or interest, there is surely something to keep you entertained.
There is an abundance of national parks in the area, including: Barranyi, Elsey, Judbarra/Gregory, Keep River, Limmen and Nitmiluk (also known as Katherine Gorge). Other natural attractions include: walking and hiking (there are plenty of trails), fishing, swimming, kayaking, birdwatching and croc spotting.
If family friendly activities are more your style, we recommend: watching the barramundi feeding at Territory Manor, visiting the local hot springs, and partaking in Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night.
Some of the major events and festivals held in the city each year include: the Merrepen Community Festival, Barunga Festival, Katherine and District Show, Festival of the Dry, Pine Creek Cup, and the Barra Nationals. Campdrafts are also held each year, as are a number of local markets.
Art, culture and heritage are also prolific in the region. Learn more about the local Aboriginal culture, visit one of the nearby museums, wander through the art galleries, and visit some of the region’s most important historical sites.
Whilst most budget motels in Katherine will provide cooking facilities (even just basic ones), there are also plenty of delicious restaurants and cafes throughout the area for you to enjoy if you so choose.