National Parks / Natural World
Bitter Springs Thermal Pool Mataranka
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.
When can we go?
The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes the R
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..
What people are saying?
by David Barns
Absolutely grouse place to stay, with a very pretty helpful English waitress. Lovely resturant and beaut food. Also very cheaply priced. Well recommented.
by A Google User
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)
by MARYANNE SKITT