Giwining / Flora River Nature Park
The Flora River is stunning with crystal-clear emerald springs and tufa dams.
There is a small boat launching facility and boats with 15hp engines are allowed in 5km of the river.
There are saltwater crocodiles in the river so do not swim and Be Crocwise at all times.
There is excellent fishing and you may be lucky to catch a grunter, bream or barramundi for dinner.
Downstream the river merges with the Katherine River and the Daly River.
These are some of the most sought after barramundi fishing destinations in the Northern Territory (NT).
You will have to drive there as the tufa dams restrict boat access downstream.
The short walks to Kathleen and Djarrung Falls are rewarding and will let you see the park's varied wildlife.
This includes the pig-nosed turtle, which was once believed to only live in Papua New Guinea.
Giwining has a rich cultural history and the traditional owners, the Wardaman people, continue to practice ceremonies at sacred sites throughout the park.
What to see and do
You can do all of the following activities in the park:
- wildlife spotting.
Camping fees apply and are payable on-site.
How to get there
Turn off the Victoria Highway 86km west of Katherine and travel 46km on an unsealed access road.
This road is suitable for high clearance two-wheel drive (2WD) vehicles during the Dry Season only.
Check if this park is open
The park is closed between November and May and regularly closes after heavy rain.
Phone: (08) 8973 8888
Giwining / Flora River Nature Park has all of the following facilities:
- information signs
- 4WD roads
- fire pits
- drinking water
- camping area
- public toilets
- picnic area
- walking tracks.
If you plan to launch a boat in the park you should be aware of the following:
- you cannot take watercraft between Djarrung Falls and Kathleen Falls
- if you are in a vessel downstream of Kathleen Falls you should not get within 200m of the base of the falls
- you can canoe on the river only with a licensed tour operator – though there are currently no scheduled tours
- if you bring a powered vessel it must be no longer than 3.6m, have a maximum of 15 horsepower and you must travel no faster than 5 knots.
You can fish only with lures - bait cannot be used - to avoid accidental capture of turtles.
When visiting the park, remember all of the following:
- there are no bins in the park, so take rubbish with you
- stay on marked roads and tracks
- cultural items and wildlife are protected
- pets are not permitted
- nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
- be careful with fire and only light fires in fireplaces provided
- camp only in marked campsites
- collect firewood before you arrive at your picnic or campsite
- generators are not permitted
- follow fishing laws
- check your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.
You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Giwining / Flora River Nature Park by doing all of the following:
- observe park safety signs
- do not swim as saltwater crocodiles inhabit the waterways and watch for warning signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
- wear suitable clothing and footwear
- carry a first aid kit
- avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day.
Last updated: 30 August 2017