in the West MacDonnell (Tyurretye) National Park and
nestled at the base of Mount Sonder (Rwetyepme, pronounced
roo-chip-ma), this stunning gorge and chasm is a refuge
for many threatened plant and animal species. For visitors
travelling on the Red Centre Way, Redbank Gorge also
provides a refreshing stop and a chance to stretch your
legs on a short walk.
Access - Redbank Gorge is located 156 km west
of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira
Drives, both sealed roads.
The 5 km access road from the Redbank Gorge turnoff
to Redbank Gorge is unsealed and a high clearance vehicle
is recommended. All roads can be impassable for a short
period after heavy rain.
When to visit - The Park is accessible all year
round. The cooler months (April to October) are the
What to do Camping - There are basic camping
facilities available at two different locations - The
Woodland Camping Area and the Ridgetop Camping Area.
Both have toilets, firepits and picnic tables, the Woodland
Camping area also has free gas barbecues. Spaces are
limited and operate on a first come, first served basis.
Camping fees apply and are payable onsite.
Swimming - The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole
situated 1km from the Carpark. Swimmers should be aware
that most waterholes are extremely cold. It is recommended
that swimmers use a flotation device to assist them
in swimming through the Gorge. Prolonged exposure, even
during summer, can result in hypothermia. Beware of
submerged logs and rocks. Do not jump, dive or swing
into the water.
Walking - A 2 km, 1.5 hour return walk from
the Carpark alongside the creekbed will lead visitors
to Redbank Gorge. The walk is unmarked but starts on
a well defined track before dropping into the sandy
creek bed. On a warm day walking in the sand is tiring
and visitors should take and drink plenty of water.
The track is rocky at times and care should be taken
about and where is Larapinta Trail
Source courtesy of: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au