Mataranka is located in the Never Never Ward and is 108 kilometres south of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. 


Quick snapshot


384 people reside in Mataranka and the median age of is 46 years old (Census 2021)


Majority of the people of Mataranka speak Kriol and English


Mataranka Council Office: 36 Roper Terrace, Mataranka NT 0852

Phone: (08) 8977 2300

Home of the Never Never. Mataranka is a small town rich in history with a museum, historic cemetery and surrounded by National Parks & Australian wildlife with many walking trails just beckoning to be explored. Renowned for its sandy bottomed thermal springs, with warm crystal blue waters and surrounded by palms, creating a tropical paradise for locals and travellers to enjoy. A true outback experience not to be missed.

Bitter Springs Mataranka
Floating at Bitter Springs. Image: Tourism NT/Backyard Bandits


By road, the trip to Mataranka takes approximately one (1) hour from Katherine on an all-weather road. The double lane Stuart Highway is sealed entirely. Mataranka may also be accessed by chartered light aircraft.


Local Authority

An integral part of the community consultation process in Mataranka occurs through Mataranka Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the Never Never Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Mataranka are invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.

To attend a Mataranka Local Authority Meeting, click here

To view our Local Authority Meeting dates, agendas and minutes, click here



This information is sourced from the Northern Territory Government and is available on BushTel

Service Type Available Details
Regular Transport Service Yes

Katherine Coaches

(08) 8971 0774

Greyhound Bus Australia

1300 473 946

Fuel Yes Opal and Diesel available
Commercial Accommodation Yes

Bitter Springs Cabins and Camping 

(08) 8975 4571

Mataranka Homestead 

(08) 8975 4544

Mataranka Roadhouse 

(08) 8975 4571

Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park

(08) 8975 4571

Community Store Yes

Multiple roadhouses are located in Mataranka as well as a small supermarket 

Airstrip Yes  
Health Centre Yes

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services 

(08) 8975 4547

Alcohol Yes

Alcohol restrictions in effect

Police Station Yes

Mataranka Police Station

(08) 8975 4511

School Yes

Mataranka School

(08) 8975 4543

Council Service Delivery Centre Yes  Council Office located at 36 Roper Terrace, Mataranka NT 0852
Mobile Phone, Internet & Radio Yes There is currently one public telephone in Mataranka and also Telstra 4G telephone and internet coverage. Radio coverage is also available
Post Office Yes Post Office located at Council Service Delivery Centre
Early Childcare Centre Yes  
Aged Care Centre Yes Council operates an Aged Care Centre at Lot