Mataranka Bitter Springs & Thermal Pools

Posted: 10 April 2019

Elsey National Park

Just over an hour drive from The Beagle Motor Inn and you’ll find Elsey National Park, the 13,800 hectare park is home to the Bitter Springs - located in the northern end of the park. 

A 500m waterway is fed by an underground spring and is lined with cabbages palms

Mataranka Thermal Pool, known for it’s warm springs of around 30 degrees, pumps out 30.5 megaliths of water each day.

Elsey National Park is also a great spot for bushwalking, fishing, boating and Aboriginal and World War II history.   

The area was made famous by Jeannie Gunn’s popular novel ‘We of the Never Never’. The cinematic adaptation of the book was filmed in nearby Mataranka.

The park is open year round but roads may be closed during the Wet Season. Recommended months to visit are May - September.

Elsey National Park has facilities including public toilets, picnic area, cafes, scenic lookout, walking tracks, cafe and more. 

For more information see Elsey National Park.

Book Katherine NT accommodation staying at The Beagle Motor Inn  offering a choice of accommodation options including double, twin and family rooms.   
At Beagle Motor Inn you can also enjoy access to our outdoor pool and spa, complimentary WiFi*, onsite restaurant ’Stormy’s Bar & Bistro’ and our tour booking service.