More than 20km of shared walking and mountain bike trails are now open at Nitmiluk National Park, 30 kilometres north-east of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Nitmiluk National Park, previously called Katherine Gorge National Park, covers a vast area, including 13 impressive gorges carved from the ancient sandstone.
The new trails in the park provide options for riders of all ages and abilities, including the Bamjon (River Link) Trail which offers spectacular views of the first gorge, and an opportunity to bike and then swim in the second gorge; as well as cruising and kayaking.
The Waleka Trail takes visitors to Pat's Lookout and Jedda's Rock in a circuit trail before joining the Yambi Trail.
For those who would like to enjoy the scenery at a steady pace, most trails will also suit walkers.
The trails have been designed by Ground Creations Pty Ltd and constructed collaboratively with Jawoyn traditional owners who also participated in the building of the jetty and Baruwei Lookout.
The project is part of a $5.4million tourism investment boost from the NT government, which has also seen the development of the new Baruwei Lookout with improved stair access, signage and viewing platform; and interpretive signage and the commissioning of sculptures adjacent to the lookout which will showcase the ancient stories of the Jawoyn people.
NT's minister for parks and rangers, Selena Uibo, said: "Nitmiluk National Park is the jewel in the crown of the Katherine Region, usually attracting around 270,000 visitors a year.
"Investing in our Parks will help visitors have the best experience possible, and encourage them to stay longer, spend more and recommend Territory parks as a must-visit to friends and family.
"Mountain biking and adventure tourism are growing in popularity, and improvements to trails in the Territory will help put us on the map for people looking for such experiences."
The network of tracks starts near the Nitmiluk Centre with a climb onto the rocky escarpment.
Choose a walk that suits your level of fitness and be prepared. Sections of the trails are shared with mountain bikes, walk with care.
Don't start the Southern Walks unless properly equipped and make sure you are on the right track.
You should always let someone responsible know where you are going and when you will be back.
Remember, temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March. Check forecast temperatures before you visit.
For details of the walking trails in Nitmiluk National Park click HERE.