Elsey National Park
This 13,800 hectare park was made famous in Jeannie Gunn's popular novel 'We of the Never Never'.
There is Aboriginal and World War II history, fishing and boating.
You could easily stay a few days and find it hard to leave the natural beauty of Bitter Springs, which is in the northern end of the park.
A 500m waterway is fed by an underground spring that gently flows down a watercourse lined with cabbage palms.
Mataranka Thermal Pool is another favourite and known for its warm springs, which are around 30°C and pump out 30.5 megalitres of water each day.
Get the Elsey National Park fact sheet and map .
Phone: (08) 8975 4560
|Park sites||Access||Comments||Forecast opening|
|Elsey National Park||Open|
|Martins Road - Elsey National Park||Open|
|John Hauser Drive||Open|
|Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)|
|Swimming||Open||Only swim in permitted areas|
|Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool (via Homestead Road)|
|Swimming in Mataranka Thermal Pool||Open|
Only swim in permitted areas
|Riverside walk to Stevie's Hole||Open|
|Stevie's Hole (via Thermal Pool)|
|Botanic Walk (via John Hauser Drive)|
|4 Mile (via John Hauser Drive)|
|Riverside walk to 4 Mile||Open|
|Wabalarr (via John Hauser Drive)|
|Riverside walk 4 Mile to Wabalarr||Open|
|Mulurark (via John Hauser Drive)|
|Riverside walk Wabalarr to Mulurark||Open||Riverside walk open.|
|Jalmurark (via John Hauser Drive)/12 Mile|
|Campground||Closed||Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.||Anticipated opening March 2019. dependent on weather conditions|
|Riverside walk Mulurark to Jalmurark/ 12 Mile||Closed||Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.||Anticipated opening March 2019, dependent on weather conditions|
|Korowan–Mataranka Falls (via John Hauser Drive)|
|Riverside walk to Mataranka Falls||Closed||Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.||Anticipated opening March 2019, dependent on weather conditions|
All year round, but roads may close during the Wet Season due to flooding.
Elsey National Park is at Mataranka, 106km south of Katherine.
From the Stuart Highway take Martin Road to go to Bitter Springs, Homestead Road to visit the Mataranka Thermal Pools or John Hauser Drive, off Homestead Road, for all other sites in the park.
What to see and do
- view historical sites.
Elsey National Park has all of the following facilities:
- public toilets
- information signs
- ranger station
- fire pits
- drinking water
- picnic area
- walking tracks
- scenic lookout
- historical ruins.
When visiting the park, remember all of the following:
- put your rubbish in the bin or take it with you
- stay on designated tracks and roads
- cultural items and wildlife are protected
- pets are not permitted
- nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
- be careful with fire and light fires on in fireplaces provided
- camp only in camping areas
- collect firewood before you arrive at your picnic or campground
- generators are not permitted in the campground
- follow all fishing laws
- check your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds.
You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Elsey National Park by doing all of the following:
- observe park safety signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, suitable clothing and footwear, sunscreen and insect repellent
- carry a first aid kit
- avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day.
Phone: 08 8975 4560
Last updated: 06 December 2018