Elsey National Park

Overview
The Roper River begins within the boundaries of the 13,840 hectare Elsey National Park. Numerous springs within the Park feed the Roper River which, in the Dry Season from April to September, flows gently through large waterholes and then tumbles over rocks and tufa dams. During the Wet Season, flood waters cause the river to swell and rage on its journey to the sea.

 

How to get there
The Park has three access points. To access the main Thermal Pool, take the Homestead Road turnoff (1.5km south of Mataranka on the Stuart Highway) and follow it for around 7km. To access the facilities along John Hauser Drive, turn off the Homestead Road around 4km from the Highway. The Bitter Springs access is via a sealed road leading directly from the Mataranka township.

 

When to visit
The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes the Roper River to flood, which may restrict access to some facilities in the Park.

 

What to see & do
The Rainbow Springs and Thermal Pool sector of the Park are a major attraction for visitors. The spring water rising from underground at 30.5 million litres per day and at a temperature of 34 degrees celcius is then contained in a relaxing swimming pool surrounded by a palm forest.

 

Visitor facilties
Picnic areas complete with tables, wood barbecues and toilet facilities are provided at Bitter Springs, 12 Mile Yards, Mulurark and 4 Mile.

 

There are also camping areas provided.

 

Please remember
>>Avoid using soaps and detergent in or near the waterways.
>>Camp only in designated areas, and collect firewood before arriving at your campsite.
>>Generators are not permitted in this park.
>>Observe all fishing regulations.
>>Pets are not permitted in this Park.
>>Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted.

 

Recreational activities

 

>>Accommodation
Alternative accommodation and camping facilities are available from commercial establishments in the area.
>>Boat Ramp
A boat ramp and canoe launching area is provided at the 12 Mile Yards and Mataranka Homestead. Outboard motor sizes are limited to a maximum of 15hp.
>>Camping Permitted
An established campground, suitable for tents and caravans, is located at the 12 Mile Yards. The campground offers grassed areas, hot water, ablution facilities but NOT powered sites. Generators are not permitted.
>>Canoeing
A canoe launching area is provided at the 12 Mile Yards and Mataranka Homestead.
>>Caravans Permitted
An established campground, suitable for tents and caravans, is located at the 12 Mile Yards. The campground offers grassed areas, hot water, ablution facilities but NOT powered sites. Generators are not permitted.
>>Fishing
Fishing is a popular pastime for many visitors. Traps, nets and spears are prohibited and barramundi fishing regulations apply within the Park.
>>Kiosk
>>Swimming
The springs in the Park provide excellent swimming. Facilities are provided at Bitter Springs and the Thermal Pool. Swimming is also possible in some parts of the Roper River. Swim only where recommended and observe warning signs.
>>Walking Tracks
A 1.5km Botanical Walk is located along John Hauser Drive access road. There is also a 4km walk to Mataranka Falls that starts at the 12 Mile Yards. Various day use areas are connected by short riverside walks. A short loop walk is also available at Bitter Springs.

Ranger guided activities

 

Campfire Talk
When: Thursdays from 18 May to 17 August, 2006.
Time: 7.30pm
Meet: Jalmurark Campground (12 mile).
Discover the values of Elsey,Land of the Never Never, with a Ranger. Bring your questions, something to sit on and a cup for billy tea.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Parks and Wildlife Service NT

 

 

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