Trephina Gorge Nature Park

East MacDonnell Ranges Natural Attractions

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Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85km east of Alice Springs, the park is a handy distance for a day or a longer trip, and is notable for its variey of walk options, views, and natural beauty.


Trephina Gorge has wide views and a sandy creek bed that can be explored via a network of short walking tracks. It is one of two gorges that intersect the East MacDonnell Ranges. The other is John Hayes Rock Hole. The two are connected via the Trephina Ridge Top Walk, approx. an 8hr loop.

The largest Ghost Gum in Central Australia is set in the park, alone on a saltbush flat.

The area is significant to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and contains sites that are part of the Wallaby dreaming trail. Once a part of the Garden Station, the park has strong historic links with the early settlement of Central Australia.

Access to John Hayes Rockhole is high clearnace 4WD only. Camping is available at three sites and fees apply. Make sure you secure your spot online


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Map & Directions

Ross Highway, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia


Located 85km east of Alice Springs off the Ross Hwy. It is accessed by a dirt track which is suitable for 2WD vehicles. John Hayes Waterhole however, is accessible only to high clearance 4WDs.

Phone 08 8951 8250


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