Welcome to Mataranka
With soothing, warm thermal springs set in pockets of palms and tropical vegetation, you'd be mad not to pull into Mataranka for at least a few hours to soak off the road dust. The small settlement regularly swells with towel-toting visitors shuffling to the thermal pool. But Mataranka has more calling cards than most roadside outback towns: nearby spring-fed Elsey National Park and a history linked to one of Australia's most enjoyable outback tales, not to mention the welcoming tree-lined road through town, add considerable appeal to a stop here.
Nearly a third of the town's population is Indigenous and the town's name means 'Home of the Snake' in the local Aboriginal language. This is the traditional lands of the Najig and Guyanggan Nganawirdbird peoples.