Mataranka Thermal Springs, Australian Tours

swimming at Mataranka Thermal Springs

What are Mataranka Thermal Springs?

Mataranka Thermal Springs are in the Elsey National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.  There are numerous springs that feed the Roper River which in the dry season from April to September gently fills large waterholes and flows over rocks and dams.

Mataranka is located between Alice Springs and Darwin off the main highway 100 kilometres south of Katherine.

There are various springs and pools with Rainbow Springs and the Thermal Pool sector of the park being the most popular.  The spring water rises at 30.5 million litres per day and the temparature is 34 degrees celsius.  It is an amazing place to swim and relax at surrounded by palm forests.

If you would like to swim laps try Bitter Springs instead of the main thermal pool, but be aware Bitter Springs is not well suited for children under 8 years of age.

The Mataranke Thermal Pool is the largest draw card in the region ad for this reaon often the pool is crowded so if you are after a quieter spot then head to the other pools and the river instead.

In the National Park, there are Botanic walks and other swimming holes so get out there and explore.  Dont forget to look out for the Mataranka falls - a 4km walk from 12 mile hole campgrounds.

Mataranka is visited on our Australian tours Alice Springs to Darwin.