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Visit Mataranka, the home of Elsey National Park and the region that inspired the popular novel "We of the Never Never" by Jeannie Gunn. The town is not far from Katherine, via the Stuart Highway, and offers an unforgettable holiday experience. Visitors can see an exact replica of the Gunn family house, listen to ancient Mangarayi and Yungman tribe stories, relax on crystal clear natural pools, pass through the palm and paperbark forest, see a red flying fox and watch the tiny turtles at Bitter Springs.
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Mataranka Cabins and Camping is located at 4705 Martin Road in Mataranka. The venue is just along the banks of the Little Roper River and not too far from the centre of Mataranka. Spotting wildlife, bird watching, camping, canoeing and fishing are some of the activities on offer at the park. Its campsite facilities include a barbecue area, camp kitchen, car parking spaces, communal kitchen, communal refrigerator, vehicle wash facilities, kiosk and laundry. The accommodations that it offers are unpowered sites, camping sites, powered sites and cabins.
Territory Manor Motel and Caravan Park is situated at 51 Martin Road, Mataranka. The motel and caravan park was the original site of the PJ Wildlife Park and has history dating back to 1983. The area is rich in flora and fauna and guests can enjoy activities like spotting wildlife, bird watching and bushwalking. Its campsite facilities include a bar, barbecue, camp kitchen, communal kitchen, communal refrigerator, communal shower, car parking spaces, cots, high chair, ice, iron, kiosk, laundry, spa, public telephone, restaurant and outdoor swimming pool. The accommodations that it offers are unpowered caravan sites, powered caravan sites, ensuite caravan sites and standard motel rooms.
Bitter Springs can be reached via Martin Road, Mataranka. The springs were only discovered during the late 19th century. The site forms part the Elsey National Park and serves as an ideal venue to relax with its spring-fed thermal pools, short loop walk, palms and tropical woodlands. Visitors are welcome to swim, relax and leisure walk.
Elsey Homestead Replica lies within the Mataranka Homestead Tourist Park. The homestead was an exact replica of what was described and made for the novel turned film "We of the Never Never" by Jeannie Gunn. Upon arrival to the site, guests can see how every detail of the Elsey Homestead Replica was carefully made.
Elsey National Park is situated at Homestead Road, Mataranka. The park's highlights include its Roper River, historic sites, natural pools, the Korowan/Mataranka Falls, the tufa dams, Stevie's Hole, paperbark forest, palm forest and magnificent fishing spots. Visitors could get to enjoy various activities within the venue such as barbecuing, camping, canoeing, fishing, swimming, walking, picnicking and engaging in a history/heritage tour.
Mataranka Thermal Pool can be found via taking the Homestead Road in Mataranka. The warm and crystal clear water of the natural pool is believed to lessen or cure several body pains making it very popular for many local and foreign vehicle drivers who have spent a lot of time driving. Palm and paperbark forest surround the spring and its water has temperature that's up to 34 degrees.
The Stockyard Gallery is located at 9 Roper Terrace. It features wonderful Aboriginal artifacts, local paintings, territory books, sculptures and gifts and souvenirs. The gallery also has a cafe that offers great tasting smoothies, Devonshire teas and a light snack for its guests.