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Aerial view of a girl floating in Bitter Springs

Elsey National Park

Elsey National Park is a haven for those wanting to relax in warm, crystal clear pools, explore historic sites or enjoy some river fishing.

The serene Roper River meanders through this picturesque national park, with boat ramp access at 4 Mile and 12 Mile. The park also has a rich heritage and was the setting for Jeannie Gunn's 'We of the Never Never'.

Take the Botanic Walk, an easy 1.5 kilometre loop and marvel at the park's diverse plant species, or enjoy the eight kilometre Riverside Walk to Korowan / Mataranka Falls.

Swimming is only recommended at the thermal pools. Mataranka Thermal Pool is a 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. Also within the park, Bitter Springs is surrounded by ancient rainforest - the famous 'float down' is not to be missed.

A large campground is located at Jalmurark - bookings are essential and must be made online before you visit.

Elsey National Park may be inaccessible between November and April due to flooding.

  • Information

    Entry cost

    • Indicative Prices tickets from $10.00 to $60.00
      Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt). Camping fees apply to all visitors.
    • Child tickets from $5.00 to $30.00
      Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt). Camping fees apply to all visitors.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Boating Facilities
    • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
    • Carpark
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet

    Activities

    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Walks

    Accessibility

    Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

    Accreditation

    • COVID Safe
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