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Late afternoon, Katherine Gorge

Keith Wilson enjoys the calm of winter’s warmth in the Northern Territory before the storm of the wet season transforms this scene of tranquility

In a country of many spectacular sights, Katherine Gorge is one of Australia’s most serene natural wonders. It is the main attraction of the Nitmiluk National Park, located 32 kilometres from Katherine town centre in the Northern Territory. Here, glowing warm sandstone cliffs rise steeply to meet clean blue skies, which are reflected in the mirror calm waters below. Despite the singular name, Katherine Gorge is in fact made up of 13 deep gorges carved into the red sandstone plateau over many millennia by the waters of the Katherine River, a major waterway through the ‘Top End’ of the Northern Territory.

The climate in this region of Australia is tropical, so there are two distinct seasons, the wet and the dry, when river levels run so low that the gorges become separated and visitors touring by canoe or flat-bottomed boat have to get out at one end of a gorge and walk to the shore of the next where another...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 57 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder of both Outdoor Photography and Black + White Photography magazines and former editor of Amateur Photographer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and on-line tutor in travel photography at My Photo School.

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