Elsey National Park is located in Northern Territory, 2-19 km east of Mataranka and 378 km southeast of Darwin. The park was made famous through Geannie Gunn’s popular novel We of the Never-Never, featuring experiences in the Elsey Station as the first white settlers. Elsey features crystal-clear pools open to swimming and long stretches of water with stunning views, along with historical sites. The park is rich in its Aboriginal culture and World War II history. The land Elsey National Park sits on is part of Mangarrayi and Yangman Indigenous people’s traditional lands, and signage of Indigenous plant uses is found throughout the park. Elsey also features World War II Aboriginal Army Camp and the 12 Mile Yards, giving Elsey connection to its unique history. Some other points of interest include the Bitter Springs, an absolute beauty that one must visit. As visitors walk down the Roper River, cabbage palms line the waters. The water flows gently through the dry season, swelling during the wet season. Stop along the Mataranka Thermal Pool, known for pumping warm water for all to enjoy. There is one campground available to visitors in the park, along with several walks for avid hikers. Plan a vacation in Elsey National Park, you will not be disappointed.