Bitter Springs, Mataranka, NT – The thermal pools located 3 kms from Mataranka are just what was needed after spending 3 days driving from Lawn Hill National Park. We booked for 2 but ended up staying for 3 after finding how relaxing the Bitter Springs were.
We stayed at the Mataranka Cabins and Camping which is not as popular as the Mataranka Homestead. However, after finding 3 bus loads of people at the homestead when we went there for a swim, we were glad we stayed away from the Mataranka Springs.
Grab a noodle from the park and float down the 100 metres or so creek in the crystal clear water. We used our own noodles and mask / snorkel and found small fish and a few turtles along the way. No crocs thankfully.
The Bitter Springs are about 10 minutes walk from the Park.
Mataranka Cabins and Park is nicely intergrated into the bushland and is a peaceful setting with plenty of shade. The showers were clean and only a few years old.