Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell Ranges

With imposing red cliffs, a big water hole and a gum-tree lined sandy creek, Ellery Creek Big Hole is a popular picnic spot in the scenic West MacDonnell Ranges. The Ellery Creek Big Hole is a geological site of some significance, and the 3km Dolomite walk enables visitors to observe some of the more interesting geological formations.

Ellery Creek Big Hole is situated about 126km along the Larapinta Trail between Section 6 and Section 7. The Trail starts at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station and passes key attractions of the Ranges including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and ends at Mt Sonder, the highest point of the Trail. The Trail is divided into 12 sections; each section is a one to two day walk.

  • Section Six: Hugh Gorge to Ellery Creek (31.2km)
    This section is only suitable for experienced walkers with good fitness level, used to long distance walking. This section starts in the Chewings Range at Hugh Gorge, and finishes at Ellery Creek Big Hole situated in the Heavitree Range. This is one of the longest sections in the Larapinta Trail.
  • Section Seven: Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge (13.8km)
    This section is suitable for folks with reasonable fitness levels who are used to long walks. This is a narrow rough track with steep climbs and drops. The first part of the Trail has sharp rocks. The most prominent wildlife is the many birds, including the hard to spot Spinifex bird.

Facilities at Ellery Big Hole include free gas barbecues, covered picnic area, toilets and camping. Ellery Creek Big Hole is about 92km west of Alice Springs.



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