- Swimming Pool
Disabled access available, contact operator for details.
- COVID Safe
Can Mataranka be done as a day trip?
Do I need any passes or permits to visit Mataranka?
Mataranka and Bitter Springs are free to enter and do not require any permits.
How do I get around Mataranka?
Mataranka township itself is small, but if you want to see the surrounding attractions, a car will make the trip to the water more comfortable. If you're walking from the township, Bitter Springs is 30 minutes (2.9 kilometres) away and the Mataranka Thermal Pool is around two hours' (9 kilometres) walk.
How do I get to Mataranka?
Mataranka and Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park are just over an hour's drive southeast of Katherine. An easy way to get there is to drive, although there are tours that set off from Darwin. If you're in the adventurous spirit, the Explorers Way self-driving route will take you all the way from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin, via Mataranka. You can drive the route in a regular car, but give yourself around a fortnight if you truly want to enjoy the experience.
How far is Mataranka from Katherine?
Mataranka is 108km from Katherine, or just over an hour by car.
What are the major attractions at Mataranka?
What should I bring with me to Mataranka?
Bring swimwear, a towel, underwater camera (if you have one), goggles, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a water bottle, and you're set.
When is the best time to visit Mataranka?
If you want warm, dry days and cool nights, your best bet is to explore Mataranka from May to October. This is the most popular time to visit, however the pools are open for swimming year round.