Gorge, in the East MacDonnell Ranges, is noted for its
sheer quartzite cliffs and River Red Gum lined watercourses.
Two gorges dissect the range: Trephina, with its wide
views and sandy creekbed, and John Hayes Rock Hole with
steep, narrow rock walls.
There Situated 85km east of Alice Springs, the Park
is accessible to all vehicles. Access is via the sealed
Ross Highway, then a 9km drive into Trephina Gorge,
the last 5km on a gravel road.
The John Hayes Rockhole track within the Park
is recommended for 4WD vehicles only. Infrequent
heavy rains may cause all roads to become impassable.
Trephina Gorge Nature Park lies in the East MacDonnell
Ranges, 85 kilometres east of Alice Springs, and is
notable for its sheer quartzite cliffs, Red River Gums
and sandy creek bed. Trephina Gorge is one of two gorges
that intersect the range.
The other, John Hayes Rock Hole, is an impressive structure.
The waterholes attract a wide variety of unique native
wildlife, including diverse range of bird species.
The 'Valley of the Eagles' behind it where eagles abound
on occassions and Wedge-Tailed Eagles which lend their
name to the Valley of the Eagles. Access to the top
of the valley wall can be gained by steep climbing of
the rock face towards the rear of the valley' the views
are spectacular (see official maps for reference first).
Once a part of the Garden Station, the nature
park has strong historic links with the early settlement
of Central Australia. Access to John Hayes Rockhole
is four-wheel drive only and may be subject to periodic
closure due to weather conditions.
The cooler months, from April to September, are the
most pleasant time to visit Trephina, although the Park
is open all year round.
• Car park
• Camping grounds with pit toilets, picnic tables and
drinking water are provided at Trephina Bluff and Trephina
Gorge. There is no water provided at the John Hayes
• Camping fees are payable at the sites.
• BBQ Facilities
• Address: Ross Highway 85 kilometres
east of Alice Springs, Alice Springs Northern Territory
0870 Australia. Telephone +61 (8) 8951 8250