We have a great selection of wildlife in our park including three feral donkeys, horses, dogs, frogs, wallabies, barramundi and a long neck turtle. Our flying residents include Parrots, Kingfishers, Honey Eaters, Butcher Birds, a duck, and seven peacocks, Whistling Kites, Guinea Fowl and Black Cockatoos.
We offer accommodation to suit everyone’s needs. The 26 motel rooms feature Air Con, a fridge, a TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a private ensuite. The motel is of a unique construction with ant hilled coloured, rammed-earth walls and timber frame, which pleasantly blends with the natural environment. With views of the pool and grounds from the veranda, you can even park your car right outside the motel for easy access. Have a look at our rates.
We also have a variety of shady and grassy sites for all caravans and campers during the day and get closer to nature at night sleeping under the stars in our camping ground. Our 50 Powered caravanning/camping sites start from $24 a night. During peak season we have shared ensuites available for our powered camping guests arranged in a star formation around each block (available at the manager’s discretion). Or perhaps you’re interested in our unlimited unpowered caravanning/camping sites starting from $13 a night
FREE Barramundi Fish Feeding Show twice daily at 9.30am and 1pm at our billabong. Come and learn about these fascinating fish and watch them get hand fed in a spectacular fashion. Their cousins are served up in the licensed bistro (Battered $20 or Grilled $28) with chips and salad, the best barramundi on the track. Also dine on a variety of delicious home-style cooked meals in our open air licensed fanned restaurant whilst watching the sunset through the trees overlooking the barramundi pond in a non-smoking environment. Why not try our homemade Apple Strudel or scrumptious scones with a real coffee?
The Thermal Pools are the main attractions in Mataranka, with two different ones to choose from they are both situated in the Elsey National Park and surrounded by Pandanus and Cabbage Palms. They have lovely clear water and are about 34 degrees celsius.
* 1k from the fascinating attractions that the ‘Never, Never’ has to offer.
* 2k on the same road as the beautiful natural Bitter Springs which you can enjoy and swim safely in, surrounded by native vegetation. It has stairs and ladders for easy access, and a great walk right around it. If you have snorkel and mask take them along you may see turtles and fish. The stream goes for about 60metres and its nice to float down then swim back against the current for some exercise, though the lazier can just climb out at the end and walk back to the beginning!
* 9k away is the manmade Rainbow/Thermal springs at the Homestead. More like a swimming pool with the edges concreted, and paving, steps and ladders to access the water. You can wander the boardwalk down to the Waterhouse River, where you might be lucky enough to see a fresh water crocodile, turtles and fish.
* Remember if you Never Never Go you will Never Never know.