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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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  • We visited Bitter Springs in our way back from Darwin as it was closed on the way up because of rain & flooding It was very dirty from the rain & the pool was very slimy 
  • We had a fantastic experience visiting and bathing in the hot springs. We saw small wallabies jumping around, while we were floating downwards the stream. And we also saw a turtle family, with two adu...  more »
  • The map on entry is somewhat confusing (see attached) . From this car park you can only access Bitter Springs. Go back on the road to access the next series. Spring itself is nice. Short work around i...  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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