Bitter Springs

Enjoy a swim in the warm thermal waters

Bitter Springs is one of two natural thermal pools in Elsey National Park.

Spring water rises from underground at a rate of 30.5million litres per day.

The water is very warm all year round.

Check if the site is open

Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Swimming       Open  -
Loop walk Open  -


Swimming in the crystal clear natural thermal pools is the main attraction at Bitter Springs.

The path is paved from the carpark to the swimming hole.

There is a handrail leading into the water with a few downwards steps.


No camping at Bitter Springs.

You can camp at Jalmurark Campground. To find out more, read about camping in Elsey National Park.


To help you work out if a walk will suit your level of fitness and experience, each walk has been graded to assist you.

The grades are based on the walking track grading system.

Before you walk or hike, you should read about bushwalking and hiking safety.

Bitter Springs walk

Take a walk around the Livistona-lined thermal pool with easy access to the pool.

Length of walk
Distance 500m loop
Time 20 minutes
Grade Grade 1 - easy
  • Suitable for most people.
  • Pram and wheelchair accessible.
Martin Road, Mataranka
08 8975 4560
Safety information

Prepare and stay safe in parks and reserves. Check forecast temperatures before you visit.

  • Information signs
  • Public toilets
  • Walking
  • Picnic
  • Swimming

Sites nearby

Mataranka Thermal Pool

Take a swim in the paperbark, palm fringed thermal pools


Other parks you may be interested in

Last updated: 01 March 2022

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