Mataranka is the setting for the book by Mrs Aeneas Gunn (Jennie Gunn) of 'We of The Never Never'. Mataranka is known for the many hot springs in the area, and as the weather was starting to heat up the further North we travelled, we had no intention of dipping into the pools; it was all far too hot for us! The small town of Mataranka, is like many country towns in the outback, I wonder how they survive; it is truly a hard life in this big brown land.
A trip on a cruise boat in the Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), visiting the old Cemetery of the now non-existent Elsey Station, (from We of the Never, Never fame), and a visit to the caves at Cutti Cutti were the main items on our agenda.
Our stay in Mataranka was for 4 nights, before we left for Cooinda in the Kakadu National Park.
Ref: Elsey Station