The small town of Mataranka, south of Katherine and close to the Elsey National Park is a welcomed stop for visitors. Browse the Stockyard Gallery's exhibit of Aboriginal art from the Mataranka and Roper River areas or pick up a didgeridoo, postcard, whip or spear and enjoy a homemade iced coffee and a scone in the cafe.

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The small town of Mataranka, south of Katherine, is renowned for its sandy-bottomed thermal pool, pastoral history and as a welcomed stop with tourers. The area was made famous by the novel We of the Never Never – a book written about nearby Elsey Station by Jeannie Gunn.

Spend some time looking around the Mataranka township. Browse the Stockyard Gallery's exhibit of local Aboriginal art from the Mataranka and Roper River areas. Pick up a didgeridoo, postcard, whip or spear and enjoy a homemade iced coffee and a scone in the cafe's garden. See the fish being fed, witness the spectacle of enormous barramundi being plucked from a billabong, and learn how the fish live, change sex and breed on the twice-daily tours at Territory Manor.

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