Outback Towns


Relax in all year round in the crystal clear warm springs

About Mataranka

Mataranka an outback township on the Stuart Hwy  located 423 km south of Darwin.
It is famous for its nearby thermal springs (where you can relax all year round in crystal clear warm springs) and its literary history - Jeannie Gunn’s autobiographical novel, We of the Never Never was written about Elsey Station where she lived.

This fascinating outback Northern Territory town includes the We of The Never Never Museum that explores Mataranka’s pioneering heritage through outdoor displays of railway history, the Overland Telegraph Line, a bush workshop, military history and regional industrial archaeology.

There is also a photo gallery, which chronicles Mataranka`s involvement in World War II, early history and local identities.

The Mataranka Station is part of the Katherine Rural College of Charles Darwin University.

Elsey NP (5 km east) features rainforest pockets, woodlands, waterfalls, walking tracks and thermal pools (Mataranka and Bitter Springs) thought to be therapeutic.

The park surrounds Roper River which is ideal for fishing and canoeing. Mataranka Homestead is a replica of the original Elsey Homestead and popular with tourists. Elsey Cemetery (20 km s-e) contains the remains of Jeannie Gunn’s husband (Aeneas James Gunn) having died in 1902 and many other outback pioneers. Her memorial (1870-1961) is also here.

Mataranka has two hotels, a motel, a resort and 2 caravan parks. Visitor Information Centre: Stockyard Gallery, Stuart Hwy.

We of the Never Never Museum, Stuart Hwy - outdoor displays depicting the area’s pioneer and military history. Stockyard Gallery, Stuart Hwy featuring the work of local artists.

Back to the Never Never Festival (May) and the Bushmans Carnival & Rodeo (Aug)



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