Elsey Homestead Replica in Elsey National Park off the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Elsey National Park


Elsey Homestead

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Elsey National Park - Mataranka Thermal Pools - Elsey Homestead Replica

Elsey Homestead Replica - We of the Never Never in Elsey National Park

Elsey National Park, eight kilometers from Mataranka, is another of the region’s natural attractions. The massive Roper River slices through this 140 square-kilometre expanse, flowing through large waterholes then tumbling over rocks and tufa dams. Canoeing and fishing are popular activities and swimming is great at Bitter Springs and the Thermal Pool. Scenic riverside walking tracks to Mataranka Falls are a great way to explore the Park overland.

The Rainbow Springs and Thermal Pool sector of the Park are a major attraction for visitors. The spring water rising from underground at 30.5 million litres per day and at a temperature of 34 Degrees Celsius is then contained in a relaxing swimming pool surrounded by a palm forest.

How to get there
The Park has three access points. To access the main Thermal Pool (Mataranka Hot Springs), take the Homestead Road turnoff (1.5km south of Mataranka on the Stuart Highway) and follow it for around 7km. To access the facilities along John Hauser Drive, turn off the Homestead Road around 4km from the Highway. The Bitter Springs access is via a sealed road leading directly from the Mataranka township.

Old Elsey Cemetery
The Old Elsey Cemetery, 21 kilometers from Mataranka, has graves dating back to 1926. It’s a significant part of Australia's heritage and is the final resting place of many local characters written about in the famous 1908 novel 'We of the Never Never' by Jeannie Gunn.

Elsey Homestead Replica

Elsey Homestead - We of the Never Never

The area was made famous by Jeannie Gunn’s 1908 novel 'We of the Never Never' – a book she wrote about nearby Elsey Station that is now part of Australian folklore. The Elsey Cemetery, 21 kilometers south of the township, marks the final resting place of many of the book’s characters. Attractions around town include the Stockyard Gallery that exhibits local Aboriginal art, barramundi hand-feeding tours and the Never Never Museum that displays the local Aboriginal history. Elsey National Park, eight kilometers from Mataranka, is another of the region’s natural attractions.

Elsey Homestead Replica
Elsey Station

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