Mataranka Thermal Pools

leave the Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park for the town of Katherine to rejoin the Stuart Highway and cross Mataranka, Larrimah, Daly Waters, Newcastle Waters, Tennant Creek, and Devil's Marbles
Long Way is a very interesting road, with a changing landscape, a wide and monotonous road, infinitely straight, with a few little hills and bumps to climb, nothing to compare with cycling in my native mountains in Switzerland and France.

   I leave the Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park for the town of Katherine to rejoin the Stuart Highway and cross Mataranka.

Mataranka is situated at 110km from Katherine.

As at the thermal sources, the water here is at 32, and comes from a natural source situated in the magnificent national park which shelters a rich tropical vegetation, and small rivers discovered by taking the footpaths.
Mataranka is home to a homestead, backpackers motel, caravan park, and several shops, and has a population of 200 inhabitants.

Mataranka Thermal Pools is situated at just a few km and is close to the camp grounds, where two entrances can be found to the pools. Take the footpaths and discover the park.

The footpaths are marked by a blue triangle on a white plaque.
After a long walk, you can go on through the luxuriant vegetation all the way to Mataranka Falls, Elsey National Park by going by the Roper and Waterhouse Rivers.
 If you desire to bath in the rivers, get information from the park rangers first, as certain areas are inhabited by crocodiles.

Parc Elsey - National Park Hey!
Thatís right! There are still marks of my accident
on my leg.

   Although there is no main office, these two
addresses can provide information on the park and
on your next destination: - Ph:(08) 8975 4576.




Mataranka Homestead Resort and Thermal Springs,which offers a variety of accommodation, including a camp site, a backpackers hoste, motel rooms and a restaurant.

The hostel section is quite comfortable and has some single and twin rooms, though the kitchen is small.
It costs $14 with a YHA card.
Ph:(08) 8975 4544 - Fax:(08) 8975 4580.


Larrimah village
make  a  stop  at  Larrimah

A welcoming and charming village of about 100 inhabitants.
Larrimah at one time the railway line from Darwin came as far as Birdum, 8k south of here, but it was abandoned after Cyclone Tracy.

Here you will discover a house with a tin roof serving as a museum, tourist office, police station, post office, book shop, and grocery store. Then have a coffee and check it out, this place is really exceptional.

. Green Park Tourist Complex
. There are three camping grounds - Ph:(08) 8975 9937.