We had a day spare before getting the car to Katherine so stopped at Mataranka to visit the springs. A number of families had recommended staying at Roper Stock Camp when there due to the relaxed community feel and being so family friendly. The place was busy and quite dusty but had loads of animals and a very relaxed community feel. They have a large community fire pit and in the mornings make Jonny cakes – a cross between doughnuts and scones which they sell for $1 each. They also make fresh bread and rolls you can order the night before so they are baked fresh and warm in the morning.
The bonus for the kids was they have children’s pythons you can hold of a morning and a number of bikes you can ride around the space.
We decided to hang out at Bitter Springs for the day floating down the river and playing in the shade. It had been about 13 years since I had been here. The infrastructure is a bit more built up to deal with a greater number of people but the springs are still beautiful and were a great place to relax for the day. Izzy described the warm water as being soft and was amazed at how silky her hair was after soaking in the springs for a few hours.