Elsey National Park

Outback Northern Territory

This national park adjoins Mataranka's thermal-pool reserve and offers peaceful camping, fishing and walking along the Waterhouse and Roper Rivers. Bitter Springs is a serene palm-fringed thermal pool within the national park, 3km from Mataranka along the sealed Martin Rd. The almost unnatural blue-green colour of the 34°C water is due to dissolved limestone particles.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Outback Northern Territory attractions

1. Never Never Museum

1.71 MILES

In town, the Never Never Museum has displays on the northern railway, WWII and local history. You pay admission fees at the post office.

2. Elsey Station Homestead

2.96 MILES

Outside the entrance to the Mataranka Homestead Resort is a replica of the Elsey Station Homestead, constructed for the filming of We of the Never Never,…

3. Elsey Cemetery

11.71 MILES

This lonely cemetery under the eucalyptuses is a poignant footnote to We of the Never Never, with so many of the larger-than-life characters from the book…

4. Ghunmarn Culture Centre

24.63 MILES

The Ghunmarn Culture Centre, opened in 2007, displays local artworks, carvings, weavings and didgeridoos from western Arnhem Land. The centre also…