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Bitter Springs, Mataranka
(4.4/5 based on 240 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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  • I was the only person there - which felt a bit strange - until I walked past the main pools and sure enough there were some more people. The water in the pools is incredibly clean and the colour amazi...  more »
  • Must be lovely after the rains cos right now the springs have a lot of algae on both sides of the creek and need a good flush out. Connect your shoes to your noodles so you have something for the walk...  more »
  • The water is around 30degrees. It is so natural and sparkling clean. Hire a noodle from the local camp site and drift gently down the stream to the get out steps. Even had a wallaby grazing on the ban...  more »
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  • 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.
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  • Fairly good .it's u put into it .make it work for u

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