Jatbula Trail - Nitmiluk National Park

Posted: 16 March 2020

Love to hike? Check out the 62km (one way) Jatbula Trail

Jatbula Trail Itinerary

Starting at Nitmiluk Gorge and finishing at Leliyn, also known as Edith Falls, the Jatbula Trail is a 62km one way hike.

The trail can be completed in five day and four nights or six days and five nights, each overnight camp site is set up near a cascade or spring.  

Following the western edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment the walk takes a trail over sandstone plateau and through woodlands, open forest, monsoon forest and riverine landscapes.

The trail is named after Jawoyn Traditional Owner, Peter Jatbula, who was instrumental in securing land rights for the Jawoyn people.

When to Hike

The best time of year to do the Jatbula Trail is June to September. From June to August walkers will generally experience cooler temperatures ranging from 30 degrees during the day and down around 10 degrees at night.


Jatbula Trail has a limit of 15 walkers leaving each day so it’s imperative to book ahead. You can check the availability and book here.


The trail is one way only beginning at Nitmiluk George, Nitmiluk George is 27kms from Katherine (transfers are available). Once you arrive at Nitmiluk George the start of the trail near 17 Mile Creek is accessible by ferry.


A camping fee of $3.30 per adult / $1.65 per child, per night is applicable.

Ferry cost is $9 per person

Transfers from Katherine to Nitmiluk George and return from Leliyn Falls to Katherine are available, see 'How to Book your Transport'


Book your pre or post hike accommodation staying at The Beagle Motor Inn and enjoy a central location in the township of Katherine, with a choice of accommodation including double, twin and family rooms.   At Beagle Motor Inn you can also enjoy access to our outdoor pool and spa, complimentary WiFi* and onsite tour booking service.