Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Situated in the scenic eastern MacDonnell Ranges, Trephina Gorge Nature Park is close to Alice Springs and combines excellent walking trails, a great swimming hole and magnificent views. Trephina Gorge is noted for its sheer, quartzite cliffs and a watercourse lined with river red gums – at the end of the day the rock glows a deep blood-red, making it a spectacular sight. It is a haven for wildlife and is significant to the local Arrernte people because it is part of the Wallaby Dreaming Trail.
The sandy watercourse at Trephina Creek is shady and a perfect place to picnic, particularly in the dry summer months. Nearby John Hayes Rockhole provides year-round swimming but watch for submerged logs and rocks and note that the water is so cold it can cause hypothermia with prolonged exposure. The best way to explore the gorge is on foot by one of the walking trails, ranging in duration from 1 to 1½ hours. For fit and experienced walkers, Trephina Ridge Top Walk (4–5 hours one way) through to John Hayes Rockhole offers panoramic views of the surrounding ranges but take plenty of water. Those planning extended walks are advised to notify rangers or a reliable person about intended routes. Shorter walks depart from the Gorge, Bluff and Rockhole campgrounds. Water is available at Trephina Bluff and Trephina Gorge. Park rangers conduct nightly campfire talks during the peak tourist season (June to September).
Close to the park entrance is one of the largest ghost gums in central Australia, which was lucky to survive logging in the 1950s when trees were cut down to provide wooden sleepers for the Ghan railway line.
Several campsites throughout the gorge
85 kilometres east of Alice Springs via Ross Hwy
- PWCNT Alice Springs (08) 8951 8250
- PWCNT Trephina Gorge (08) 8956 9765
Alice Springs (08) 8952 5800
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