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Bitter Springs Thermal Pool Mataranka

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Bitter Springs Thermal Pool
Martin Road
Mataranka
NT
0852
Tel: 1800 653 142

Where are we going today?

The Rainbow Springs and Thermal Pool sector of Elsey National Park are a major attraction for visitors and a constant source of astonishment for children. The spring water rising from underground at 30.5 million litres per day and at a natural temperature of 34 degrees celcius is then contained in a relaxing swimming pool surrounded by a palm forest. Perfect for a surreal family swim!

Fishing is a popular pastime for many visitors. Traps, nets and spears are prohibited and barramundi fishing regulations apply within the Park. If you're there for the wet not the fish then a boat ramp and canoe launching area is provided at the 12 Mile Yards and Mataranka Homestead. Outboard motor sizes are limited to a maximum of 15hp.

A 1.5km Botanical Walk is located along John Hauser Drive access road. There is also a 4km walk to Mataranka Falls that starts at the 12 Mile Yards. Various day use areas are connected by short riverside walks. A short loop walk is also available at Bitter Springs.

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When can we go?

The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes the R

I'm Hungry!

Picnic areas complete with tables, wood barbecues and toilet facilities are provided at Bitter Springs, 12 Mile Yards, Mulurark and 4 Mile. Camping areas also provided..

Any Top Tips?

Swimming is also possible in some parts of the Roper River. Swim only where recommended and observe warning signs..

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    Absolutely grouse place to stay, with a very pretty helpful English waitress. Lovely resturant and beaut food. Also very cheaply priced. Well recommented.

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    A real sense of the australian outback : peaceful, relaxed and friendly.
    Simple, no frills.
    with the extrtraordinary landmark of the thermal pool close by.
    Spend a day there at least before continuing onto Katherine, spectacular but more touristic.
    (Was there in 83 though, I'm told it has'nt changed all that much)

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