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.