Stop at Elsey National Park near Mataranka on your tour of the Stuart Highway. You can relax and unwind in the famous thermal springs, explore heritage sites and discover local literary history. For a cooler dip, head a little further along the Waterhouse River to Stevie's Hole, a waterhole not warmed by the springs.

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Make a stop at Elsey National Park near Mataranka on your tour of the Stuart Highway. Relax in its famous thermal springs, explore heritage sites, and discover local literary history. Explore the series of thermal pools and springs that are dotted around the park.

Lounge in the shade of pandanus, paperbarks and palm forest at the famous Mataranka Thermal Pool, spring-fed and comfortable year-round at a constant 34°C. Walk in for a soothing dip at nearby Bitter Springs, set among palms and tropical woodlands. Look out for the native wildlife and birds are attracted to the permanent water source and natural forest. At Rainbow Springs the water is a relaxing 33°C in this large swimming hole. For a cooler dip, head a little further along the Waterhouse River to Stevie's Hole, a waterhole not warmed by the springs.

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