Northern Territory

Popular Walks

Contact details

Natural Resources - http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/


Easy
2.1 km return
1 hr

Cemetery & Trig Hill Loop

This is a hugely historic area and this walk, with its interpretive signs, takes you out to the cemetery and around the immediate area, up Trig Hill and back to the Telegraph Station.

Medium
3.5 km return
90 mins

Chain of Ponds Walk (Trephina Gorge Nature Park)

An easy 15 minute walk to the lookout at the top of this narrow gorge offers spectacular views. However, some difficult climbing and scrambling over rocks is required to continue to the Rockhole, wading or swimming may be required after rains. The alternative option is to return along the same track to the carpark.

Easy
1.6 km return
1 hr

Claypan Walk (Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve)

The Claypan Walk is 1.6 km return and meanders along the edge of the mostly dry claypans that transform into reflective pools for short periods after rain. There are several viewing platforms
along the way that provide the best views of Rainbow Valley.

Easy
1 km return
30 mins

Corroboree Rock Walk (East Macdonell Ranges)

Corroboree Rock is a dark grey column of dolomite an hour's drive east of Alice Springs.
It’s one of many sites in the MacDonnell Ranges that’s of great importance to the Eastern Arrernte people.

Take a short walk around the base of the rock to survey the area and have a closer look at the ancient sedimentary, fine-grained rock. At the base you can see dark grey and light grey streaky blobs of dolostone rock. A ring of low ground surrounding it makes it look like an obelisk.

The real significance of the rocky outcrop to the Eastern Arrernte people is not well known. Corroboree Rock was probably not a corroboree site due to the lack of water in the area, but was probably used as an important storage site for ceremonial objects.

The rock itself is an outcrop of dolomite from the Bitter Springs Formation originally laid down in salty lakes 800 million years ago.

Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve is an easy stopover on your way to other East MacDonnell landmarks such as Trephina Gorge and Arltunga. The reserve is easily reached along the sealed road by two-wheel drive vehicles.

Easy
500 m return
15 mins

Karlu Karlu Walk

Karlu Karlu translates as 'round boulders', or the Devils Marbles, is a living cultural landscape and traditional country of the Warumunga, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. These granite boulders, many of which are precariously balanced on top of one another are scattered across the wide shallow valley that makes up the Reserve.

Easy
1.6 km return
45 mins

Mayijangu & Lookout Walk

Nyanjiki Lookout providing panoramic views of the Reserve and the opportunity to 'rock hop' the marbles. These granite boulders, many of which are precariously balanced on top of one another are scattered across the wide shallow valley that makes up the Reserve.

Easy
1 km return
40 mins

Mushroom Rock (Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve)

A 1 km loop walk allows visitors to view Mushroom Rock, an interesting sandstone formation with many Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) nests attached to the upper walls.

Easy
5.2 km return
90 mins

Nurrku Walk & Yakkula Loop

This walk provides visitors with a longer opportunity to experience the wider Reserve. These granite boulders, many of which are precariously balanced on top of one another are scattered across the wide shallow valley that makes up the Reserve.

Medium
2.5 km return
1 hr

Panorama Walk (Trephina Gorge Nature Park)

This walk offers good views and interesting geological sites. The spectacular folding you can see in the rock faces along this walk were created in the upheaval stage, when the soft bitter springs rock was twisted and folded by powerful earth movements.

Hard
9 km one-way
5 hrs

Ridgetop Walk (Trephina Gorge Nature Park)

You can start this walk at either, John Hayes Rockhole or Trephina Gorge and return along the road or arrange with friends for a vehicle pick-up. This walk offers spectacular views of the rugged East MacDonnell Ranges and a view of Alice Springs is possible from Turner’s Lookout.