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Bitter Springs

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Address: Bitter Springs Rd | Elsey National Park, Mataranka, Northern Territory 0852, Australia

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Fantastic and beautiful experience

We had a fantastic experience visiting and bathing in the hot springs. We saw small wallabies jumping around, while we were floating downwards the stream. And we also saw a turtle... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 December 2016
Skanderborg, Denmark
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We visited Bitter Springs in our way back from Darwin as it was closed on the way up because of rain & flooding It was very dirty from the rain & the pool was very slimy

Thank Tanya H
Skanderborg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic experience visiting and bathing in the hot springs. We saw small wallabies jumping around, while we were floating downwards the stream. And we also saw a turtle family, with two adults and two young ones, it was really magical. Only downside was the mosquitoes.

Thank Hartdk
Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The map on entry is somewhat confusing (see attached) . From this car park you can only access Bitter Springs. Go back on the road to access the next series. Spring itself is nice. Short work around it is tropical and short and it's nice and easy. Not much else to say ...average really.

2 Thank StephenCr0ss
Kiama, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

DOES BITTER SPRINGS STEP UP A RUNG OVER THE EXCELLENT AND NEARBY MATARANKA THERMAL POOL? I was camping at MATARANKA HOMESTEAD RESORT adjacent the wonderful THERMAL POOL. Affable and helpful resort mananger STEVE suggested I should check out the district’s BITTER SPRINGS while in the area. Only trouble is it was 11km away and I didn’t have a car (I... More 

4 Thank blackeldo
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I was the only person there - which felt a bit strange - until I walked past the main pools and sure enough there were some more people. The water in the pools is incredibly clean and the colour amazing. Just so relaxing.

Thank 61Shaz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Must be lovely after the rains cos right now the springs have a lot of algae on both sides of the creek and need a good flush out. Connect your shoes to your noodles so you have something for the walk back.

Thank Robyn C
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The water is around 30degrees. It is so natural and sparkling clean. Hire a noodle from the local camp site and drift gently down the stream to the get out steps. Even had a wallaby grazing on the bank. Outstanding and all free. Barrie & Judy NZ

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We were looking for an other place and found this gem! Just a short drive from the highway and you get a great dip in lukewarm water set in tropical scenery. A swim down the creek to the bridge is a must, the current gets you there, no effort required!! Also good for a few good tropical photo shots. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Really nice place for a dip and soak. Water temperature is 34degrees but still nice on a 39 degree day. Suggest getting a pool noodle or other floatation device to enjoy it. Nice to look at the beautiful water but even better with goggles or mask. Look to the sides for turtles.

Thank Greg B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We came here at the end of a long day of driving and found a place to relax in lukewarm water. In my eyes, it was a perfect way to end the day and it was quiet and a good location to just enjoy life (with or without a BYO drink). We only stayed in the beginning of the springs,... More 

Thank Christine E

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