Ellery Creek Big Hole

West MacDonnell Ranges Camping

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


The spectacular waterhole is fed by the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tyurretye) and surrounded by high red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek. It is also at the trailhead for sections 6 and 7 of the 223 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 Arrernte 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. Make sure you secure your spot online.


  • Barbeque

Map & Directions

Namatjira Drive, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia


88km West of Alice Springs of Namatjira Drive. There is 1km gravel road access suitable for 2WD drive vehicles.

Phone 08 8951 8250


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