When the Jawoyn people first won back Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) in 1989, many people feared they would close the gorge to tourism.

But this was far from our minds. We have always been happy to share our country and show people how much it means to us.

Our elders set out a vision to oversee Nitmiluk and manage all tourist operations in the park. From this vision, Nitmiluk Tours was born.

Nitmiluk Tours is 100 per cent Jawoyn owned. It runs the visitor information centre, boat and canoe operations, the campground and the high-end, eco-resort Cicada on the banks of the gorge’s Katherine River. It also runs operations at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Through Nitmiluk Tours, we put money back into the Jawoyn Association to fund important services and programs, and support employment and training in tourism and land management.

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We offer companies the opportunity to offset their carbon liabilities through their involvement in the Jawoyn Fire Project.

The project is Australian government-approved and offers carbon credits for reducing wildfires through strategic, controlled savanna burning.

The carbon project’s benefits reach far and wide. The project reduces harmful emissions, protects important wildlife and delivers significant social, cultural and economic benefits to Indigenous Australians.

For more information go to Fire Management section or click the image on the right.

Jawoyn Fire Project

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Banatjarl Women’s Group The vision of a strong group of Jawoyn women saw the Banatjarl Women’s Group form in 2003 to promote family wellbeing, healing and sharing. Banatjarl, also known as King Valley, approximately 40km south of Katherine, is an area of great cultural significance to Jawoyn women.

The group have had a long term vision to set up a family resource and healing centre - a place where knowledge and skills can be shared and passed on to younger generations through camps, events and women’s “talkfests”.

In 2012, the group began growing a Bush Medicine Bush Tucker Garden to bring together many traditional plants in one place to make bush products and educate young people about bush tucker and bush medicine.

Sharing with guests from different communities from Australia and overseas, and with non-Indigenous women, through special open days and events, are also part of the Banatjarl Group’s vision. The Jawoyn Association is supporting the group to reinvigorate their vision