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Mataranka (Australia)

Practical information on Mataranka

  • Countryside
  • Desert
  • Waterfall
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Four hours away from Darwin by car
When to go
During the dry season from April to November
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Mataranka

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
271 written opinions

About a hundred kilometres south of Katherine, Mataranka is a tiny village of just 200 but it's also a natural reserve, which has hot water springs.

My suggestion:
Come during the dry season (April to November) to really make the most of the place's comfortable atmosphere.
My review

Hot water springs are definitely nicer during an Icelandic winter than during a heatwave in Australia's Northern Territory. Nevertheless, the Mataranka area makes for a very pleasant and unexpected visit, in a region where one is more used to the vastness of the desert than a turquoise water spring! I would therefore strongly recommend this area whilst staying in the region.

In fact, I have been quite surprised by the lush vegetation, with huge palm trees and lianas that give the impression that you have suddenly been plunged into the middle of the jungle. It's also worth mentioning that there are freshwater crocodiles in the springs, but they are harmless... It could be a tactic to scare off tourists and to keep this idyllic refuge just for the locals!

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