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Jay Creek

Alice Springs Darwin Katherine Ulu r u Kings Canyon

Jay Creek flows into a permanent waterhole in the West MacDonnell Ranges, west of Alice Springs.

Jay Creek is also at the Trailhead for Sections 2 and 3 of the Larapinta Trail, a 223 kilometre trek through the ranges.

The creek flows through a rugged gorge, at the southern end of which is a deep permanent pool known as Fish Hole.
Vehicle access to Jay Creek is by four-wheel drive and camping is permitted for Larapinta Trail walkers only.

The walk to Jay Creek (Section 2) starts in Simpsons Gap and takes you along a high ridgeline with great views of the surrounding ranges. Look out for euros (wallaby) taking shelter in the overhanging boulders. You pass through a large area of mulga woodland before arriving at Jay Creek.

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    Daily, 24 hours.

    Entry cost

    Free entry


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