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“Relatively undeveloped so uncrowded and peaceful”
Review of Bitter Springs

Bitter Springs
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Mataranka
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is one of my favourite places on the trip between Tennant Creek and Darwin. There is just enough infrastructure to make it accessible but not enough to draw the crowds like at Rainbow Springs. The crystal clear, warm water makes a swimming tour of the stream a must-do. I'd recommend using a pair of goggles to really appreciate the beauty of the underwater scenery. Swimming downstream is easy as you drift along in the current. Beware of tiring if you swim upstream instead of walking back, as there is nowhere to rest along the way and the current is strong.
A boardwalk with interpretive signs is there for the post-swim stroll or the non-swimmer.
It's not set up as a lunch or picnic stop, but that's not why we go to Bitter Springs. Of you prefer to enjoy unspoiled beauty without having to battle crowds of people, this is a spot to include on your itinerary.

Thank Jiarna
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed at Mataranka Homestead and experienced the springs there. Having been told the Bitter Springs were different but just as good we decided to travel to them. About 25min by car. It was well worth it. The spring is crystal clear with a minor odour of water that has come out of the earth. It was warmer than we had hoped on a hot day but nonetheless refreshing. We waded into the spring and floated downstream about 200m where we were able to get out before the vegetation became too much.
Read the other appraisals they all include something worthwhile.

Thank fartandbelch
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

When you first see Bitter Springs, the clarity of the water stuns you but you don't realise how deep it is. The best way to experience it is to hire a couple of "noodles" (long foam strips) from one of the caravan parks and then don goggles just as you enter into the 33o water from one of the stepping off points provided. The current will take you downstream whether you swim or not so don't rush - just float and dip your face into the warm water to enjoy what is provided for free ... you will feel totally relaxed as you reach the final ladder. The short walk back is a bit rough so try to stick your thongs (jandals) onto the ends of your noodle and you won't even notice it. After two or three of these floating sessions, the world will a much better place to be in!

Thank nera0414
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Mataranka Srings are located off the Stuart Highway.You just pull off and there are a few springs to choose from.The 1st one we went to,sorry the name escapes me is found along a walking track.The springs are very organic-greenish colour but lovely and warm to swim in.The next one is at a resort that has camping and accommodation available.You walk through the complex and out to the springs.
They have been improvised with a concrete ledge surround.The springs were very popular,warm and gorgeous to swim in.There's vegetation all around and as we entered the springs there were hundreds of bats in the palm trees-magnificent sight!!
The springs are well sign posted on the highway-definitely worth a visit:)

Thank hazyviewlover
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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

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