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Katherine is a town in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is located by the Katherine River, also called the "Top End", 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin. Katherine has the fourth largest settlement in the district and the third largest and the most southerly in the Top End. Katherine is often referred to as the "Crossroads of the Outback" because of its location between the region of Darwin, Kakadu National Park, the region of Barkley and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Katherine is also the nearest large town to the RAAF Base Tindal 17 km South-East. The site provides education, health, local public services and job opportunities for the families of Defense personnel stationed there. Katherine airport is about 15 km to the South of the city centre.

The population of Katherine increases tremendously in the dry season. Each year comes the older people from the colder parts of Australia, with their caravans and enjoying this delicious temperate place.

In the town of Katherine and the surroundings around have a lot of park and garden areas. Dakota Park, Giles Park, Jurassic Cycad Gardens, Jukes Park and O'Shea Park is located in the city. Attractions include the Sunrise area tours national park and the Didgeridoo Didgeridoo Caves nature park, Kintore Caves nature park with its populations of endangered cycads, a low level nature park, Springvale Homestead and Katherine Hot Springs.

Fishing for Barramundi, Tarpon and sooty Grunter, known locally as the "Black Bream", are also popular along the River, Katherine. The river has a number of varied species of fish. Both fresh water crocodiles and salt water crocodiles in the river.

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