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Pan for gold and explore an underground mine in the Battery Hill Mining Center. Visit the telegraph station built in 1872 to link Australia to the outside world. See the huge, precariously balanced boulders known as the Devils Marbles in the plains south of Tennant Creek. You can learn about their cultural significance to the Warumungu people at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Center. Buy Aboriginal art in the tiny township of Ti Tree and visit Australia's UFO capital of Wycliffe Well. Stay on huge cattle stations north of town and in the vast Barkly Tablelands to the east.
Explore the historic pioneering township of Katherine and see ancient Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Sink into the hot springs of the Daly River and fish in the remote waterways of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Spot rare wildlife and wander gorges in Gregory National Park, in which is considered part of the Victoria River region, and relax in Mataranka's sandy-bottomed thermal pool. Katherine's rugged and ancient landscapes—which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border—also invite you to canoe, bushwalk, bird watch, camp and four-wheel drive.
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