Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85 kilometres east of Alice Springs, the park is a handy distance for a day or a longer trip, and is notable for its short walks, views, and natural beauty.
Trephina Gorge has wide views across a sandy creek bed and can be explored via a network of short walking tracks. It’s one of two gorges that intersect the East MacDonnell Ranges. The other is John Hayes Rock Hole. The two are connected via the Trephina Ridgetop Walk.
As well as a good place for a cool dip, waterholes in this area attract abundant animals and birds.
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 four-wheel drive only. Camping is available at three sites, fees apply.
ActivitiesBirdwatching Camping Four Wheel Driving Hiking Swimming Walks
Indigenous CultureIndigenous experiences and/or cultural immersion Indigenous themes and/or interpretation