Elsey National Park

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

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.


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


Camping Fishing Swimming Walks

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available




From AU$10.00

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

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War memorial within Stan Martin Park

Mataranka War Memorial

Mataranka, Roper Gulf

Aerial view of visitors relaxing at the Mataranka Thermal Pool

Mataranka Thermal Pool

Mataranka, Roper Gulf

Aerial view of a girl floating in Bitter Springs

Elsey National Park

Mataranka, Roper Gulf

Couple relaxing at Bitter Springs in Elsey National Park

Bitter Springs

Mataranka, Roper Gulf

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