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NT – MATARANKA

6 July, Saturday

sunny 25 °C
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Mataranka is well known for its hot springs. What an amazing place. I know I keep saying that throughout my ramblings but this place was so unique. I have been to hot springs in New Zealand and here and there in Australia but never to anything like Mataranka. And we picked the best campsite ever as it was right at Bitter Springs. A short walk from Swifty and we were swimming in a hot deep river spring. We were told that bringing snorkel gear would be a good idea. We hunted down our snorkel gear and carried it with us even though we all thought it was a silly thing to do. My goodness what a sight we saw when we arrived……..a narrow deep clear river with an assortment of people floating downstream with the current to a bridge. Once at the bridge you hopped out and strolled back to plunge in and do it all again. We put on our masks and snorkels and in we got. It was AMAZING!!!!!!! The water was as clear as bath water with a sandy bottom. Under the water you could see all the fallen logs and rocks and bright green plants. It looked like the ocean actually only with absolutely no fish. I don’t think anything could survive the hot 32 degree temperatures. It was too deep to stand in so the snorkel gear was perfect as you could just float on top of the water and let the current take you down slowly whilst looking at everything under the water along the way. We were the only ones with snorkel gear so we made a few people happy by lending out our gear after we had drifted the current 2 or 3 times. Had fun with Ellen’s underwater camera here. The shot I took of Ellen underwater looks like an ocean shot. When the sun shone down on certain patches through the trees the water was a beautiful turquoise colour.

When we got back to our campsite we relaxed for a bit doing a bit of crocheting, blogging and cooking. And then later as we still had left over firewood from Devil’s Marbles we were able to light a fire and cook damper again. Our damper here was our best one yet. We received a bit of interest from some of our fellow campers, some of whom had never seen or tasted damper before. We happily shared with our neighbours. Actually we had a laugh with the French people as Sherrie said and you thought your croissants were good. Ha ha. They were just about screaming with excitement when we offered a second plate of buttery, golden syrup chunks of hot damper again.

In the morning we jumped in the KIA and went to Mataranka Springs. A big wow from us all around. Very different from the very natural Bitter Springs as it was completely concreted with steps, rails and landscaping. We got in at 8.00 AM and floated on our backs looking up at the canopy of palm trees. We even had small wallabies hopping around to set the scene. Gorgeous.

Posted by buttermenthol 03:34 Archived in Australia

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