Iytwelepenty-Davenport Range National Park
The network of permanent waterholes in Iytwelepenty/Davenport Range National Park has provided a refuge for animals and birds and Aboriginal people for thousands of years and is vitally important for the survival of many ﬂora and fauna species in this otherwise arid area of the Barkly Tableland. Despite being bordered by Elkedra, Kurundi, Murray Downs and Singleton cattle stations (and the Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust), the area reﬂects a quiet beauty which, although a little off the beaten track, is well worth the effort to visit. At present, visitors may only go to Whistleduck Creek and the Old Police Station Waterhole.
Camping facilities are basic so be well prepared; there are picnic benches, pit toilets and ﬁreplaces. Campsites by the Old Police Station Waterhole are widely spaced and the area is an ideal place to throw a swag down beside a campﬁre, particularly in the cooler winter months.
Aboriginal association with the area is strong and traditional owners who live nearby often visit the park to carry out customary obligations. The Davenport Ranges mark the boundary between the traditional lands of the Warumungu, Alyawarre and Kaytetye people. Europeans settled the area in the early 1900s searching for minerals such as tin and gold and missionaries and pastoralists followed. The stone ruins of an old police station remain on the western side of the waterhole. There are easy walks at Whistleduck Creek and the Old Police Station Waterhole, where it is possible to swim when the water level is high. At least seven species of ﬁsh are present in the park’s waterholes, which are isolated from any other river system.
Campsites with basic facilities
Location and access
360 km north of Alice Springs via Stuart Hwy then 175 km east via Ali-Curung gravel road; 95 km south of Tennant Creek then east via Bonney Well, Whistleduck Creek and Epenarra
- PWCNT Alice Springs (08) 8951 8250
- PWCNT Tennant Creek (08) 8962 4599
- Road conditions 1800 246 199
1120 sq km
Alice Springs (08) 8952 5800
- Davenport Range National Park, Eco-friendly activity
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