Bitter Springs, Mataranka

4.2
#8 of 20 in Nature in Top End
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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  • August 15, 2017
    Absolutely amazing place but very disappointed in the public toilets the smell was absolutely disgusting, so bad I was dry reaching and couldn't use them.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We stayed an extra day here just so we could go back to the springs the next day-we loved it. We stayed at the caravan park which (for $1) you can borrow a float noodle to help you drift down the stre...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A lovely laid back van park where u can pick ur own site, ur not cramped in like sardines and is a short walk to the springs... The Bitter Springs experience is a must do and we will definitely be bac...  more »

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