Mataranka, Northern Territory
|Population||244 (2011 census)|
|LGA(s)||Roper Gulf Region|
Mataranka is a community of about 400, in the Top End region of Australia's Northern Territory. The town is located about 420 km (260 mi.) southeast of the territorial capital, Darwin, and 107 km (66 mi.) south of Katherine. At the 2011 census, Mataranka had a population of 244.
The town is located near Roper River and Mataranka Hot Springs. This area is the setting for Jeannie Gunn's autobiographical account of the year 1902, We of the Never Never. The homestead, which she shared with her husband, Aeneas Gunn, until his death, has been reconstructed near to the hot springs.
The Mataranka Station is part of the Katherine Rural College of Charles Darwin University.
World War II
The Australian Army set up No. 42 Australian Camp Hospital near Mataranka. The 10th Australian Advanced Ordnance workshops camped in buildings made from paper bark trees and serviced wrecked and damaged vehicles. An ammunition depot was also in the locality. These depots were served by railway sidings off the main line.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Mataranka (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 7 October 2016.