Mataranka is nothing without the famous Mataranka Springs. Literally in the middle of nowhere (read never never) these now famous mineral springs exist. Palm trees, exotic plants, birds and  wildlife, plus the fresh water springs make this place a ‘little’ Tourism Mecca. The fact the springs exist is just amazing.

Mataranka is the next real town after Tennant Creek, just a 1000k south as we head north to Darwin. Mataranka is a very small town that now fully relies on the tourism of the springs.

The town is located near Roper River and Mataranka Hot Springs.

This area is the setting for Jeannie Gunn's autobiographical account of the year 1902. And the ‘we of the never never’ story. The homestead, which she shared with her husband, Aeneas Gunn, until his death, has been reconstructed near to the hot springs. A stroll through the cemetery is a deeply moving experience, excenuated if you have read the book. .

The headwaters of the Roper River inside Elsey National Park (where crocodiles are managed) are popular for bushwalking, bird watching, canoeing, swimming and fishing.

Mataranka, the small town that it is does provide most essential services.

The Mataranka Hotel is in the main street.

The War Memorial is located opposite the hotel.

Mataranka Museum is next to the library.

The Mataranka church is multi denominational

The springs are the driver; a night, week or weeks all work at this great place.

Diary notes





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course