Redbank Gorge Day Use Area

Day Use Area

4 from 5 users


150km West Of Alice Springs 5km North Of Namatjira Drive, West Macdonnell NP, Northern Territory

(08) 8956 7799


Located in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park and nestled at the base of Mount Sonder (Rutjupma, pronounced roo-choop-ma), this stunning gorge and chasm is a refuge for many threatened plant and animal species. For visitors travelling on the Red Centre Way, Redbank Gorge also provides a refreshing stop and a chance to stretch your legs on a short walk. Toilets and picnic facilities are available at the car park. Redbank Gorge is located 156 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives, both sealed roads. The 5 km access road from the Redbank Gorge turnoff to Redbank Gorge is unsealed and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. All roads can be impassable for a short period after heavy rain. The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole situated 1 km from the Carpark. Swimmers should be aware that most waterholes are extremely cold. It is recommended that swimmers use a flotation device to assist them in swimming through the Gorge. Prolonged exposure, even during summer, can result in hypothermia. Beware of submerged logs and rocks. Do not jump or dive into the water. A grade 3 - moderate 2 km, 1.5 hour return walk from the carpark alongside the creekbed will lead visitors to Redbank Gorge. The walk is unmarked but starts on a well defined track before dropping into the sandy creek bed. On a warm day walking in the sand is tiring and visitors should take and drink plenty of water. The track is rocky at times and care should be taken when walking. Section 12 of the Larapinta Trail starts and finishes at the Redbank Gorge Carpark. Bins are not provided, please take your rubbish with you. Pets are not permitted. No camping or overnight parking.

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Lat: -23.577576 Lng: 132.518517

User Reviews



By far our pick of the gorges. Track in is slow and steady. Lots of rocks and river beds to get over but definitely worth it if you persevere. About half hour to walk 1.2km. Definitely recommend enclosed shoes. Make sure you walk all the way to the end to get to the gorge swimming area. You could go over 200m into the gorge when we were there. Water temp was perfect, especially after the walk in.



Great spot, easy walk along creek bed (a bit rocky though) Found a camera case - we hang it at the info hut before the walk trail starts


Nick Welch

Lovely location. Short walk (1.2 km)to Redbank Gorge, quite rocky riverbed for the last 400m. Swimming dependant on water flows. Algae and poor water quality (Jun 21) ensures that the towel does NOT get used.


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