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Victoria River

To the west of Katherine lays the Victoria River Region. Diverse and awe-inspiring in landforms, history, heritage, abundant wildlife, climate and economic pursuits, the region is a hotspot for fishing, boating and camping.

The Victoria rises in low sand hills north of Hooker Creek, flowing north and northwest across a region of hills and basins to enter the Timor Sea. Fed by its major tributaries — the West Baines, Wickham, Gordon, Armstrong, and Camfield rivers — the river drains a basin of 70,090 square kilometres.

The surrounding escarpment country is beautiful and in the wet season, waterfalls flow straight off the escarpment. The Victoria is a mecca for fishing and produces some of the Territory’s best and biggest Barramundi. Barra can be caught all year round but the best time is on a neap tide, between the months of March to late May – coinciding with the end of the run-off monsoon season. Estuarine saltwater crocodiles inhabit the area in large numbers.

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