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Bitter Springs, Mataranka

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#7 of 20 in Nature in Top End
Hot Spring Nature / Park
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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  • These Springs are visibly picturesque but that's where it ends. The water in the springs is fairly cool, and there is a lot of green slime on the edges of the stream. You can float down the stream wit...  more »
  • After a long hot drive it was so nice to be at the Springs again. So relaxing and especially if you have a noodle. Revitalises you for the rest of the day driving. Never changes in all the years we ha...  more »
  • One of our favourite travel stops. The water is thermally warmed and you can float with the current to two hop out sets of steps. Turtles and small fish can be spotted if not too many people are in th...  more »