Ellery Creek Big Hole

West MacDonnell National Park
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Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Alice Springs, head west out of town on Larapinta Drive/Namatjira Drive (Red Centre Way) towards Glen Helen for 90km before turning right (signposted) and travelling 1.8km on a graded track to the car park.


West MacDonnell National Park

Route/Trail notes:

From the car park, a short, straightforward walk in to the waterhole and back.



Other References/Comments:

The short (3km) Dolomite Walk also starts from this car park.

This is just one of a dozen or more walks that are accessible along the 130km stretch of Larapinta/Namatjira Drive from Alice Springs to Glen Helen. Recommendation is to spend two/three days completing all the walks by taking an overnighter at the Glen Helen pub.


The long (48km) drive up from Standley Chasm was pretty uninspiring; good job the short walk in to the waterhole was well worth it.

F.A.B. on 8 Jun, 2019

Third walk on the first day. Not as impressive as the previous two gorges, but still very good.

Brian on 12 Aug, 2017


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