A group of friends swimming and splashing in Ellery Creek Big Hole
Two friends sitting on the banks of the waterhole with towering red escarpments in the background
Aerial view of Ellery Creek Big Hole

Ellery Creek Big Hole

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 tall red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek. The site offers access to Sections 6 and 7 of the 231 kilometre Larapinta Trail walk via the southern alignment.

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. Camping fees apply and camping must be booked online before you arrive.

Entry is via a gravel road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles.

  • Information

    Entry cost

    Free entry

    Facilities

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

    Activities

    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Swimming
    • Walks
    • Hiking

    Accessibility

    Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

    Accreditation

    • COVID Safe
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