Bitter Springs

National Parks and Reserves

The Bitter Springs are located approximately two kilometres from Mataranka in the Katherine region. Set amongst palms and tropical woodlands in Elsey National Park, these spring-fed thermal pools are an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long drive, or while exploring the national park.

There is a short 500m loop walk available at Bitter Springs.

The Springs are closed during the rainy season because of flooding, please check ahead before visiting during the period November to May.


Carpark Picnic Area Public Toilet


Birdwatching Swimming Walks

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available




From AU$10.00

Park entry fees – Parks Pass applies.
(NT residents exempt).
Camping and extended walk fees apply to all visitors.

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Aerial view of visitors relaxing at the Mataranka Thermal Pool

Mataranka Thermal Pool

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Elsey Homestead Replica

Elsey Homestead Replica

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Aerial view of a girl floating in Bitter Springs

Elsey National Park

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Couple relaxing at Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park

Bitter Springs

Mataranka, Roper Gulf

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