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Mataranka was one of the hilights of our journey across the top end from Cairns to Darwin after the big 2009 downunder vt meet at Airlie Beach. I loved Mataranka!

The Thermal Pools were wonderful.... barramundi fish feeding fun.... and learning a bit about the history here and visiting the Else Gravesite was interesting.

Oh and you must stay at the Mataranka Homestead!! This place is just the best!!! :o)

The bush setting was lovely, nice easy board walk past the Thermal Pool and to the river. We didn't want to chance a swim in the river as there was a beware of the croc sign there. Crocs are removed from the area regularly ....but we didn't want to take a chance....and why would you when the thermal pool was safe to swim in.

However the bush scenery was just gorgeous! :o)

Hubby is a Horticulturist and was in his element here....pointing out this tree & that bush. I was just happy to take in the lovely scenery. I love tropical plants and this place sure had heaps of lovely palms :o)

The only set back were all the flying foxes!!..... by this I means tons of them!!! ... and their smell wasn't the best!! what stinkers they are!! But it all adds to the experience. :o)

To follow my journey from Cairns to Darwin please click the link below. You can also access the link from my travelogue.

Gorgeous Katherine Gorges

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Natural Thermal Pools. Feeding Barramundi. Rich in Gold Rish history.
  • Cons:Smelly bats.
  • In a nutshell:A definate 'must see' and overnight stay when driving the top end of Australia.
  • Last visit to Mataranka: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 28, 2012
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  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    The thermal pools just look soooooooooooo inviting, especially as it's being rather coolish again here.

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Barramundi feeding sound interesting.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Nice page on one of our beautiful spots in OZ. Agree with you about the Bats, not my favorite!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    The Thermal Pool at the Resort looks soooo relaxing. And yes that is one flashy looking dust pan.


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