Redbank Gorge

Point Of Interest

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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. 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. Pets are not permitted.

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Lat: -23.565775 Lng: 132.520007

User Reviews



Cannot currently swim in the gorge due to dead fish and green algae



The walk is only 2.4 km return but it's challenging. Very rocky, the path sort of ends half way and from there it's all climbing over rocks. Worth it at the end but be prepared! My 7 yo loved it! Follow our adventures on Insta @spidervan_adventures



The last 300m into Redbank gorge does involve some significant weaving and climbing through a Rock field. Easy if your a Rock Wallaby but those with dodge hips or knees etc should be prepared to turn back if too much. Keeping right on way in through rock field seems best route. Access beyond gorge opening in to the chasm involves getting wet. Do not free swim as they cold water cause cramps which lead to drowning. Better to float throughon a inner tube ring or similar.


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