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Ellery Creek Big Hole

Alice Springs Darwin Katherine Ulu r u Kings Canyon

Enjoy a picnic overlooking the red cliffs, swim in the waterhole and sandy creek of this important geological site.

Ellery Creek Big Hole is one of the most popular and picturesque camping, walking, swimming and picnic spots in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park.

The spectacular waterhole is fed by the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja) and surrounded by high red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek. It is also at the trailhead for Sections 6 and 7 of the 231 kilometre Larapinta Trail walk.

Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this waterhole, which is recognised as an internationally significant geological site. Take the 3 kilometre Dolomite walk to see the surrounding formations.

The Aboriginal name for Ellery Big Hole is Udepata. The permanent water made it a special meeting place for the Aranda people on the fish and honey ant dreaming trails.

Camping is permitted (fees apply). Entry is via a gravel road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles.

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    Opening times

    Daily, 24 hours.

    Entry cost

    Free entry

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
    • Carpark
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet

    Activities

    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Swimming
    • Walk
    • Hiking

    Accessibility

    Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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