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“Trouble.. But nice”

Katherine Hot Springs
Ranked #6 of 26 things to do in Katherine
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Trouble.. But nice”
Reviewed 4 November 2011

Lots of Drunk Aborigenese about in there. They were fighting. Drunk.. Real mess.. Apart from that it was nice..

Visited November 2011
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“Wonderful Place”
Reviewed 24 October 2011

The natural springs are truly refreshing! Temperature is close to a constant 30-32 C. Several different pools of varying depths. Our kids ages 8 and 6 swam on the upper end where it was not as deep. Also got to watch some of the local kids do mud sliding down some of the banks. Would visit again if in the area.

Visited October 2011
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit to the Hot Spring in Katherine but Bitter Springs is better!”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

This is easily accessed by car and still almost in town - there are numerous steps down to the spring, but may be better access upstream. The bit to swim in is only a few hundred metres long and was pretty crowded when we were there - we had to push a bit to get over the small but crowded weir. That said it was a good refresher on a hot day and with the slight current nice to float down a short distance and walk or swim back...In any event Katherine is well worth using as a base to experience some of the amazing diversity of the NT

(NB. Tourist Info staff in Katherine were as helpful as any I've used anywhere)

BUT the hot springs at BITTER SPRINGS - unfortunate name - is wider and deeper and pretty long if you are feeling adventurous. It's also more tropical looking, and even though there were plenty of people in the water when we were there it still felt spacious and pretty peaceful - Bitter Springs is about 100km sth of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. There are a number of pools and springs thereabouts. To get to Bitter Springs, as you enter Mataranka, turn left at the statue of the Aboriginal man on horseback and follow the signs.

Visited July 2011
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Brisbane Australia
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“A way to spend an afternoon in Katherine”
Reviewed 29 September 2011

having visited many other swimming holes, gorges etc on this trip, the hot springs were a bit of a disappointment. A good way to meet the locals. If you only have one afternoon in Katherine, you would be much better off doing the cruise on the gorge.

Visited August 2011
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Perth, Australia
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“Looks like nothing from the Carpark, but keep going...”
Reviewed 18 August 2011

We were pleasantly surprised. The carpark is dusty and the outlook is not good. But 50m walk away is a lovely little hot spring. There are 4 or 5 pools to swim in plus a small fall. Nice for a lunch stop or just to cool off and relax for an hour. Easy access and really shady.

Visited August 2011
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