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“Serenity”
Review of Bitter Springs

Bitter Springs
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Mataranka
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Do not miss this place if you're on the highway between Darwin and Alice Springs. Very relaxing, beautiful and pleasant place with the sounds of nature. Come before noon to have the pool to yourself.
Note: as there is current in the springs you enter at one spot and exit at another. I did leave all my valuables, such as passport and cash at the entrance - nothing happened to it. But, perhaps, you'd want to leave your stuff (except for shoes) in your car.

2  Thank Anna B
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

On a long haul drive from Darwin to Alice springs our driver diverted into the Matranka bitter springs. I was unexcited at this unheard of place but was pleasently surprised.

The story behind the digging of the hot spring pools is entertaining but what was exciting was entering the jungle like forest with wallabies and other wildlife only metres from the path and stumbling on the pools. The pool has been walled up to make it deeper and easy to get in and out of. it was pleasant to dangle my feet while others that were staying the night relaxed in the thermo pools as the sun began to set.

It was a nice stop and a place i would not hesitate to stop at again in the future. With accommodation on site as well as having a bar and food available it was quite pleasant.

2  Thank Dajesta9
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

My previous experience of the overcrowded Mataranka thermal pool by bats and people did not exactly encourage me to visit these pools. However friends finally won and how pleased was I that they did. The pool is a natural pool, colour absolutely beautiful. Moss and algae on the edges of the pool however a steady current prevents the natural foliage in the centre of the pool. The water wasn't over warm just pleasant. The pool is approx 150 metres in length. Easy access at the beginning with 2 seperate sections of steps. One can either swim or allow the current to take you downstream to the end where another set of steps or a ladder to the bridge which gives you access to the pebbley/stoney road back to the beginning again.
People used foam noodles with their thongs attached on each end of the noodle to float down the pool. Then for the walk back they had their thongs.
There is another set of steps mid section if you want to get out or just sit and watch everyone floating past.
We spent hours here on multiple occasions as we camped for over a week at Elsey National Park.
The pool was not crowded at all ...in fact on some occasions they would have ony been about 20 people in total. We were lucky enough to have the local idigenous kids come and join us and show our kids how to do back flips and somersaults into the water off a tree stumpa t the waters edge.
It is a natural pool so there are logs in the water , the occasional green alage that has broken off floating down. There are spider webs and waterlillies with dragonflies abundant. There are turtles and a water monitor that we spotted.
There is a slight sulphur smell but once again it is due to the natural process and is not offensive at all. No bats at this spot at all!

2  Thank sam63
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Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

A really well done access to the hot springs. So much nicer than the Matarinka springs. Less people, especially if you get there early. Bring your dive mask or swim goggles to view the crystal clear creek.

2  Thank keith m
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Bitter springs was a great way to spend a few hours after driving all day. The area is natural with minimal man made structures. Once you get past the algae on the edges and spiders hanging above you in the pandanus it is not a problem. Read the signs and all is explained about the condition of the water. Take goggles, a snorkel and a floating noodle. You won't regret this.

3  Thank Shannon628
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