From Tennant Creek: 567 km | 7 hrs
From Katherine: 108 km | 1 h 15 m
From Darwin: 421 km | 4.5 hr
The Mataranka Thermal Pools and Bitter Springs are both located in the Elsey National Park. It is safe to swim here and the springs are a perfect 34 degrees Celsius year ‘round. The rest of the National Park waterways are crocodile habitat, so no swimming. There are some great places to stay here for the night so you can wake up and enjoy the springs again or explore some of the walks.
The early days of Mataranka were captured in the Australian novel We of the Never Never.
1. Jalmurark Campground in Elsey National Park has grassed sites, toilets,
hot showers, BBQs and picnic tables. You’ll hear wild donkeys calling in the
morning and evening.
RATES: $6.60 per adult. $3.30 per child.
Julmurark Camping. Photo: outbackjoe.com via IG
2. Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping – a spacious campground on
the banks of Little Roper River in a natural bush setting and right next door
to Bitter Springs Thermal Pool. You can choose your own spot. Fires are
allowed. Facilities include bore water from taps, toilets, showers, camp
kitchen and laundry.
Rates: Unpowered sites $30 for two. Additional adults $10. Kids $5.
Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping
King River Rest Area is 58 km (45 min) north west of Mataranka on Highway 1. There are a few shady trees. Facilities include fire pits, sheltered picnic tables, toilets and tap water (not for drinking unless boiled) and a dump site.
This is part of the Savannah Way road trip across the top end of Australia which is mapped below. Zoom in to locate the highlights and camping of Mataranka Hot Springs.
Heart of Reef Shuttles, 48-50 Carlo Drive, Cannonvale, Queensland 4802 Phone: 1800 216 223
40 French Street, Eagle Farm, Queensland 4009
Phone: 1800 216 223
440 Sheridan Street, Cairns,
Queensland 4870 Phone: 1800 216 223
2/11 Northview St, Mermaid Waters QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 216 223
273 Elizabeth Street, Coburg,
Victoria 3058 Phone: 1800 216 223
23-25 Erskine Rd, Caringbah,
Sydney, NSW 2229 Phone: 1800 216 223
167 Mount Low Parkway, Townsville,
Queensland 4814 Phone: 1800 216 223