Ormiston Gorge


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Ormiston Gorge Access, Mount Zeil, Northern Territory



Massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell National Park, 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Within the gorge is a permanent waterhole, estimated to be at least 14 metres deep, which provides a refreshing finale to a day's exploring. Ormiston Gorge is located 135 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The Visitor Centre is approximately 8kms from the Ormiston Gorge turn-off on Namatjira Drive. Sealed roads provide access by conventional vehicles. All roads can be impassable for a short period after heavy rain. Camping facilities are available. Spaces are limited and operate on a first come, first served basis. Gas barbecues, toilets and showers are provided. Camping fees are payable at the site and camping is only permitted in designated areas. There is a limited supply of drinking water at Ormiston Gorge. People planning to stay should carry their drinking water requirements with them. Facilities BBQ Facilities Car park Coach Parking Picnic Area Public Toilet Shaded Area Sheltered Area Pets are not permitted.

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Lat: -23.633091 Lng: 132.727094

User Reviews



Found this spot by luck after having no service to pay for Glen Helen camps & not wanting to fork out for the cv park. We got there around 5pm and got a spot. We paid for 3 nights the next day. There was available sites every day we were there. There is a camp kitchen in the middle with USB plugs for phone chargers. There's sinks for dishes behind the toilet block. We loved it here. The pound walk was beautiful, the gorge water was freezing cold to walk through & were glad that we could have a hot shower straight after our walk. There's no service but definitely recommend staying here. We felt safe & the scenery is amazing especially at sunset


Simon Smiggle

Small camp ground, some spaces only as big as a small car park, all are next to each other and a bit tight. Some sites like 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 & maybe 16 or 17 should be big enough for a van or larger motor home, but be prepared to level out on every site. Hot showers is the only positive on the toilet block. The lights stay on for 30secs take a torch. Bbq area needs more table or bench space. Clean your bbq after use, some people are disgusting & didn't clean them at all after use. We thought it was expensive for what it was. Can't book, you just turn up & try your luck for a site & pay fees at the kiosk(pay PP not per site). Get in early. Ranger is next to campsite. No phone reception Beautiful gorge & good spot to base yourself for the gores in the area.



Stayed about 3 weeks back. One of the few first come first serve camps but still room mid afternoon. Sites quite small and some quite sloped. Pay at the cafe. Good shower. Great walks.


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