Bitter Springs is home to the bluest water I have ever seen, and that my friends, is not an over-exaggeration. Bitter Springs is located in the Northern Territory in Elsey National Park, 120km south of Katherine. Bitter Springs are close to Mataranka and although this is a long way from everything, it’s worth it.
The water is a balmy 34 degrees all year round making it a very comfortable temperature to spend a lot of time in.
The water flows steadily downstream, meaning you can hop in at one end, float along to the other end, and hop out. There is often a lot of crew doing laps on pool noodles and others with snorkels checking out the resident turtles.
For the hiking and walking nerds out there like myself, it is worth noting that there is a little loop trail at the springs also. It's only 500m or so in length but worth checking out to see the springs from all angles.
When we visited Bitter Springs we stayed at Bitter Springs Camping and Cabins. Upon last check, it was $30 for an unpowered site and $35 for power. The campground is a 500m walk from the springs and has everything you need, including frozen mango for purchase, this is a bloody delightful treat on a hot day.
As always read the signage and check the NT Parks website before diving in as the swimming holes are closed seasonally due to crocodile management. Yes, that's right, I said crocodile management.
Check if the springs are open here
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