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Bitter Springs

Bitter Springs Rd | Elsey National Park, Mataranka, Northern Territory 0852, Australia
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Drifting with the flow

Hired a noodle from the bitter springs caravan park. Slipped the thongs over the ends of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Busselton, Australia
Would've been Bitter-sweet

We went to Mataranka for the weekend and went to see Bittersprings for a bit of a swim before... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Darwin, Australia
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Bitter Springs Rd | Elsey National Park, Mataranka, Northern Territory 0852, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

Hired a noodle from the bitter springs caravan park. Slipped the thongs over the ends of the noodle for the walk back then drifted with the flow in the warm thermal water. Repeat and repeat as many times as you want. Free entry.

Thank busgeo
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to Mataranka for the weekend and went to see Bittersprings for a bit of a swim before heading back to Darwin. However, when I saw the water's condition; slimy-looking water, it discouraged me right away so me and my partner just explored the...More

Thank jhellesarmiento
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed floating in the warm water as the current pulled you along. Floated down with my thongs which I used when returning to the start again. Great natural peaceful surroundings and well worth the drive from Katherine.

Thank Peter_Clare_50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a tranquil and laid back feel this quant little caravan park has. Short walk to the wonderful Bitter Springs hot pool where you leisurely float down the warm stream. Goggles or dive mask introduce you to the beautiful underwater gardens. A very relaxing 2...More

Thank Jean W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a picturesque location, but I found the water a bit too warm and not really refreshing. Lots of people enjoying a swim so not a bad place to visit.

Thank scarps
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 with a noodle. As I said it...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 have visited. Toilets are nice...More

1  Thank larisse79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 the water. A pool noodle is...More

1  Thank Mumjudy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Super warm, crystal clear water. Very serene (when not busy) Bring a pool noodle and let the beautiful warm water drift you down stream (probably about 20/30m) There is entry and exit ladders as well as one about half way. Super warm and super relaxing....More

1  Thank Blythe W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are traveling through and don't have a noodle, (floating device) drop into the petrol station to purchase one before heading into the springs. If you are camping then the caravan park at the end on the road is walking distance to the springs...More

1  Thank Lpapas13
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Would two days be too long in Mataranka?
28 June 2016|
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Response from larisse79 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think two days would be enough as there is not much to do. Depends on yourself if you just like to relax
Laura T
Please can anyone advise if the car park has enough room to drive in with our caravan ? Or is it cars only ? We intend to stop for a rest here while passing through . Thanks , Laura
27 June 2016|
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Response from Graeme B | Reviewed this property |
For memory the car park was quite small but the Mataranka thermal pool had a much bigger car park which would fit caravans there is plenty of room there. That is any abou 7klms down the road.
Hi all has anyone ever seen crocodiles in the bitter springs ?
5 June 2016|
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Response from _bcathcart61 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I'm aware, the water exit, where the warm water comes out of the ground is too small