Mataranka Overview

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Mataranka is 420 km (260 miles) south east of Darwin, close to the junction of the Stuart and Roper Highways.

It is a transitional region between the dryness of the 'Red Centre' and the tropical lushness of 'The Top End'.

Mataranka is best known for the thermal pool located within the Elsey National Park.

Thermal Pool

Elsey National Park is to the east of Mataranka and its water cascades, thermal spring pools and lush rainforest setting is a marked contrast to the dryness of the 'Red Centre' further south.

Mataranka Thermal Pool Nature Park is within Elsey Park and is an idyllic 'oasis like' turquoise coloured lagoon surrounded by a fringe of palm trees.

Needless to say, it is very pleasurable to wallow in the 30 degree C water surrounded by the tropical beauty of the Katherine region.

Colourful Bird Life

The monsoonal climate of the Top End is perfect for exotic bird species.

You may see all kinds of colourful parrots, finches, kingfishers, honeyeaters, galahs, the Apostle bird (so called because there are always in a group of 8-14).

Vast Distances

Throughout the Northern Territory, distances between townships or settlements can be great and there are vast tracts of largely un populated land which may require permission from Aboriginal Land Authorities to access.

Travel through the Northern Territory should be treated with the utmost respect.

Careful preparation must be made if you are thinking of venturing out alone as people have been known to succumb to the conditions in just a few hours.

In addition, during the monsoon season, some roads throughout the 'Top End are often made unpassable by flooding.

Darwin accommodation

Darwin is a popular tourist destination

A selection of Hotels in Darwin is shown below.

For a full list please visit our Darwin Accommodation page.

Accommodation options include:

Skycity Darwin (5 Star)

Darwin Central Hotel (4.5 Star)

Darwin Airport Resort (4 Star)

Holiday Inn Darwin (4 Star)

Value Inn Darwin (3 Star)

Peppers Seven Spirit Bay (5 Star)


Mataranka has a Latitude of 14.92°S and a Longitude of 133.06° E.

Travelling To Darwin

Some Approx Driving Time/Distance

45Hrs From Sydney (4000Km)

40Hrs From Melbourne (3800Km)

29Hrs From Brisbane (2600Km)

16Hrs From Alice-Springs(1500Km)


Driving through the Outback and remote or isolated areas of Australia is not recommended for the un prepared or in experienced.

See Route and Distance Calculator for more driving times and routes.

Flying To Darwin

Darwin Airport International Airport is around 15km (9 miles) north east of the city.

By car, the journey into the city should take approximately 20-30 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Taxis, hire cars are available. As a guide, the approximate flying time from Darwin to Perth is 4 hours, to Sydney 4.25 hours, to Melbourne 4.1 hours, to Brisbane 3.75 hours and Cairns 3.75 hours.

Times do not include travel time to and from airports and adequate time prior to check in etc.

Mataranka Climate

Wet Season: November - April

Dry Season: May - October


Max Average Temperature

Deg C/ Deg F

Winter(June-Aug):30 / 87

Spring(Sep-Nov):37 / 98

Summer(Dec-Feb):35/ 96

Autumn(Mar-May):34 / 92


Average Monthly Rainfall - mm

Winter(June-Aug): 3

Spring(Sep-Nov): 40

Summer(Dec-Feb): 212

Autumn(Mar-May): 68



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