We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Bitter Springs

Bitter Springs
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Mataranka
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
49 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

You walk through an area strewn with dead trees and branches to get to the springs which was off-putting. The spring is surrounded by more dead bush and needs cleaning up. It reeked of neglect. The water was wonderful though and warm. It's not very big but we enjoyed a swim as it was very hot and humid. We had lunch at the cafe which took a long time to come out. They have two pet kangaroos who hang around you. One of them wouldn't leave me alone and tried to eat my burger! The girl took it away. I had a barramundi burger which was good.There is a huge abundance of barra in the Northern Territory. The toilet block is painted by the local artists and is impressive

Visited March 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank Purpleboo10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

247 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    153
    66
    17
    10
    1
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Gold Coast
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Holiday Road at Bitter Springs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

We have never swam at Bitter Springs before because access is hard in a bus with a trailer. The turn around bit at the end of the road would be impossible to get around when there are other motorhomes and cars already parked there.

Most people hate the smell of sulpher but we didn't mind it.

Everything else we loved about the place.Make sure you take your goggles as it is another world under the crystal clear water. You can see turtles and other creatures swimming around. Our kids had a blast. We did see a freshwater croc crossing the road on the way out so we can't guarantee you wont come across one.
Bitter Springs is a must see and we recommend the caravan park located right next door to it.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
Thank holidayroadoz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gloucester N.S.W.
Level Contributor
33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Hot springs worth a visit. A nice relax after a day on the road. A short walk to them but worth it. definately have to visit while in Mataranka.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank Milliemoo36
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Redruth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Great place to relax, enjoy the warm water and chat to the other visitors in a relaxing atmosphere.
As it is deep in some areas of the pool (I'm 6' and just managed it) I suggest you take a noodle with you. The noodle is perfect to just drift downstream with the current. There were even some turtles there during our visit.
Entry and exit to Springs is via steps which can be difficult for elderly or disabled but not overly so.
The car park is free which is great.
Enjoy your 'swim' in this very social environment.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank oggysouthpark
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darwin
Level Contributor
278 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Small springs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

Small springs, ok to a dip in and float downstream but nothing special. Floaties available ffor hire (or free is you are staying in a cabin) at the nearby camp grounds.

Visited September 2012
Helpful?
Thank VinceDarwin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Bitter Springs also viewed

 

Been to Bitter Springs? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing