Relax in warm, clear natural springpools, explore historic sites and go fishing in the country of We of the Never Never.

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Elsey National Park is a haven for those wanting to relax in warm, crystal clear pools, explore historic sites, and enjoy river fishing and canoeing. The serene Roper River meanders through this picturesque national park, with boat ramp access at 4 Mile and 12 Mile, and fishing being popular at several sites along John Hauser Drive. The park also has a rich heritage and was the setting for the Jeannie Gunn's 'We of the Never Never'.

From John Hauser Drive, investigate historical sites such as the Old Sheep Dip, part of the Territory's rich pastoral history, World War II Aboriginal Army Camp and 12 Mile Yards. Take the Botanic Walk, an easy 1.5 kilometre loop and marvel at the park's diverse plant species, or take the eight kilometre return walk to Korowan / Mataranka Falls.

The thermal pools are well-known feature of the park. Rainbow Spring rises from underground at 300 litres per second at a temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, which is then contained in a swimming pool. Bitter Springs is also close by, and Stevie's Hole, a waterhole not warmed by the springs, is a little further along.

May be inaccessible between November and April due to flooding.

Opening times:
Daily, 24 hours.
Entry cost:
Free entry
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Self-Guided
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet