Jay Creek

National Parks and Reserves

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 231 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. Walker fees and camping fees apply. Multi-day trail use and campsites must be booked online before you arrive.

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

Facilities

Picnic Area

Activities

Birdwatching Camping Hiking Walks

Membership

Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Visitor Information Centre

Accreditation

COVID Safe

Rates

Free Entry

Nearby Things to Do

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Simpsons Gap

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Mulga Camp

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Jay Creek

Jay Creek

White Gums, Alice Springs

Looking up

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Birthday Waterhole

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