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Bitter Springs, Mataranka

Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Surrounded by shady tall palms, Bitter Springs are pools of thermal water which have soothed tired travelers for decades. The pools are located inside the Elsey National Park, where you can bushwalk, birdwatch, canoe, swim, and fish. Drop by the pools to rest your muscles in the calm waters, which are constantly at 32 C (89.6 F). Bring your snorkeling gear to discover an underwater world of small fish and turtles, or simply glide downstream with the current to enjoy the lush surrounding vegetation and spot a variety of birds living in the trees. Facilities include public toilets, sheltered picnic areas, and plenty of parking. Using our custom trip planner, Mataranka attractions like Bitter Springs can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We came here at the end of a long day of driving and found a place to relax in lukewarm water. In my eyes, it was a perfect way to end the day and it was quiet and a good location to just enjoy life (...  read more »
  • Lovely authentic thermal stream. We stopped by for a swim and it was lovely. The springs are more natural than the one's up at Mataranka Homestead so they do have a strong smell and a bit of moss but ...  read more »
  • On our way to Alice Springs, we decided to have a day or two at Mataranka (given lots of people raved about it) and this one was our very first stop. Honestly I had pictured something different in my ...  read more »
  • A relaxing and beautiful spring around pure nature. I first swam here at night and the lack of people was very relaxing, however it is recommended to not go alone at night and bring a flash light. At day, it is also very nice as then you see the nature properly. Definitely recommended as a stop over when travelling from Alice Springs to Katherine.
  • This is one of those typically Australian gems in the middle of no where. It's a long way away from where I live (about 10,000 km round trip), but I still keep returning every couple of years. Bring a floatie of some sort, a waterproof camera and goggles.
  • Secluded and great spot for a dip.
  • Fantastic
  • Awesome swimming