Looking up into the Palm Trees
Nestled beside the Stuart Hwy and right at the headwaters of the Roper River, Mataranka is the home of the famous Thermal Springs in Elsey National Park. The Rainbow Springs thermal Pool at Mataranka Homestead with its lush palms, crystal clear (34degrees) warm waters offers a beautiful relaxing swimming pool that has been an icon for tourists for many years. That's what is states in their brochures. We spent today in the other thermal pool a bit more upmarket than Bitter Springs where we bathed yesterday. It wasn't quite the fountain of youth as I came out more wrinkly than when I first hopped in. Actually more like a prune. Afterwards we had a mango smoothie at the Stockman Gallery.
The path to the Mataranka Thermal Pools
The Thermal Pool if you look closely you may see me.The climate was quite pleasant today lovely cool breezed took the edge of what would have otherwise been quite a warm day. The park we are staying in is quite pleasant nice green grass among the bush.
A natural pool at the Caravan ParkWe will pull out tomorrow and head towards Darwin spending Wednesday night on the road somewhere, probably Haze Creek. We should arrive in Darwin on Thursday or Friday.