Mataranka Thermal Springs off the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Mataranka Thermal Pools


Mataranka Bitter Springs

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Mataranka Bitter Springs

Bitter Springs at Mataranka

Bitter Springs Mataranka NT When travelling through Mataranka and you are looking for a nice relaxing place to have a dip and actually stretch out and do some laps, try Bitter Springs Thermal pool instead of the well frequented Mataranka Thermal pools.

The springs here actually branch off into a stream which you can follow down 100 metres to a bridge & ladder to climb out of then go for a walk around the springs. Consistently deeper than the Mataranka thermal pools, Bitter Springs wasn't suited for very young children (under 8's). But much quieter.

Take a floaty with you to paddle down to the 2 exit points along the stream.
NT Govt. site: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/

Bitter Springs is part of Elsey National Park and is Mataranka's newest thermal pool. It has a day use area with barbecues, tables and eco-friendly toilets. A walking path loops around the area, winding under fan palms (Livistona rigida), past the swimming pools and through the pristine riparian ecology of the Roper River. To the right the fan palms can be seen from a fish's point of view, up through the clear waters of Bitter Springs Thermal Pools. If you are not the adventurous type then there is stairway entrance to the main pool where you can just loll about soaking up the effects of the luxuriant 32 degrees Celsius spring water. There is another way to experience Bitter Springs. Wade into the warm waters of the Spring and drift with the flow down along the stream that connects the two swimming areas and on to the exit ladder at the pedestrian bridge on the walkway that circles the Spring area.

This Aquatrail (a typical underwater view on right) drifts a couple of hundred metres down through the Springs. The water is incredibly clear, with an underwater mask, freshwater turtles are often seen swimming amongst the reed beds. At the end of the gentle drift, a ladder lets the adventurer climb out onto the Bitter Springs walking path and return to the main pool for another go round. Swimming back up against the current is not recommended.

 

Suggest looking at this site: http://www.ourterritory.com/katherine_region/mataranka.htm

Mataranka Springs

Before any walk ask at
Bitter Springs Cabins or Campground
http://www.bitterspringscabins.com.au/
and
http://www.bitterspringscabins.com.au/caravan-park-campground.html

Botanic Walk
In Elsey National Park there are many great walking trails . By far the easier ones are around the Mataranka Thermal Pool (for those short on time), and the other one is the Botanic Walk a few kilometers away along the Roper River. A great walking trail with informative displays and a few seats & a table along the way. All very shady for those worried about the temperature. At the turn around point is the Roper River (in picture), from here you can walk along the Roper River to 12 Mile Yards (maybe 8 km further) The road & the track run along the river with several other points of interest & entry/exit points at smaller loop walks. So it is very easy to be dropped off and walk for the day/morning back to camp and only be less 1 km from the main road. A great little swimming spot for kids is at the 4 mile hole, where an offshoot of the main river sweeps around creating a shady alleyway, that is segmented and shallow. For the adventurous, get dropped off at the Botanic walk and walk the 3.5 km to the 4 mile hole and meet with others there (boat ramp). You get to see different parts of the Waterhouse & Roper river .

Mataranka Falls
A pleasant 4 km walk along the Roper River and through the bush from 12 Mile Hole (campgrounds). The tranquility of the river turns to the roar of the water pouring over the tufa dams (they act like your own spa pool). The falls have changed dramatically over the years with much of the established foliage ripped from the falls during the wet season & more pandanus taking hold.

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Mataranka Thermal Springs

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