Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek Big Hole
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West MacDonnell National Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0872 Australia
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Roadtripping Nanny
Newcastle, Australia518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A lovely drive west of Alice Springs, about 55 minutes, on a sealed road you’ll find a two km unsealed road in good condition, leading to the large car park, and toilets. A two minute walk finds you at one of the most beautiful places you’ll see. You can swim here, or sit and relax or just look at the stunning view. It’s definitely worth seeing !
Written 3 October 2022
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Janine P
Red Deer, Canada3,203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had visited several stops along the West Macdonnell ranges and this one did not disappoint. Just 2 km unsealed road off highway. Free parking and easy walk in on shale path or on the sand. Scenic with some shade from trees and easy walk in to the water. Good family spot, but may want to bring your own shade to be closer to the water.
Written 9 January 2020
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Belinda E
Brisbane, Australia471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Nice, easy walk in to a big, beautiful water hole. There are toilets and a lovely grassy bank which is a wonderful place for a picnic or to read a book. The water is ice cold even when the weather is hot. My family all swam here and thoroughly enjoyed it although it was definitely on the chilly side (even on a 38 degree October day).

It got quite windy swimming up the end in the rock formations. Not sure if that was just the day we visited but that end was best suited for stronger swimmers when we were there.
Written 1 December 2021
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Kimcam13
Maitland, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
What a gorgeous place. Water is very cool & refreshing. You can swim right through to the other side. Very deep - great to take a pool noodle to float on. Also great place for a picnic. We went here twice on our 9 day visit to Alice Springs.
Written 13 November 2020
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
An 88km drive from Alice Springs, is Ellery Creek Big Hole and is the third major attraction heading west along the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Follow Larapinta Drive for 45km and then turn right onto Namatjira Drive towards Glen Helen, which is now classed as the “Red Centre Way.”

Drive another 40km, and you will see the turnoff towards Ellery Creek on the right hand side.

A further 2km of dirt road, (which can be a little rough at times, but still 2WD accessible), will take you to the carpark.

In the past, this area was just a great permanent swimming hole for the locals and some tourists.

It has now become a major attraction, especially due to the expansion over the years with upgrades to toilets, showers and camping facilities.

This is also the only permanent waterhole that I have never known to go stagnant throughout the whole year, except for very rare extreme conditions and occasion's of drought, no matter what you may read in any traveller articles!

A great cool swim, in a sandy bottom gorge, after a long trek through the ranges is definitely worth it.
Beware...it is almost always, cold, even on hotter days.

Fact sheet:
http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/9951/ElleryCreekBigHole_001.pdf
Written 17 July 2015
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EarlGrey
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This was one of our favourite stops on the Red Centre Way from Alice Springs to Uluru. The road to the car park is unsealed and a bit bumpy but manageable with an ordinary saloon car. There is then a short walk down to the creek. What a beautiful and peaceful place for a rest, picnic and swim. When we arrived there was only one other couple there taking a dip. The water was lovely and clear and full of fish which was a surprise. On the downside this was probably the first place where flies started to become a nuisance so take a head net.
Written 4 June 2017
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Ellery Creek Big Hole is located in West MacDonnell Ranges, more or less 90 km far from Alice Springs. Really this attraction is a gorge in the middle of the beautiful and red rock of MacDonnell Ranges, where there is a big hole filled by water. Here there is beautiful clear sand and you can walk in two different walks (a short walk about 5-10 minutes to arrive to the hole and a medium loop walk (the dolomite walk) about 1,5 hours to see a greater perspective of the gorge). Always you can see wonderful strange views of the rocks. In fact, it seems that you are in another planet. Moreover, if you are lucky, you can see wallabies or other fauna of the Australia Outback. It is fantastic, great! A very recommendable excursion! For me, it is the best hole in the zone and one of the best attractions near Alice Springs! (see also Emily and Jessie Gaps and Trephine Gorge in East MacDonnell Ranges, and Flynn Dr. Grave, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge in West MacDonell Ranges)
Written 26 October 2015
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petie241
Weston, Australia76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Absolutely beautiful spot to visit. Well worth the drive. You could easily spend all day here. Only issue I had was the flies were really bad and the back packers took over every where. They were camping where they weren’t meant to be. And not sure they should be walking around topless with young kids around
Written 8 May 2018
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Thanks petie241 for your review. Ellery Creek Big hole is certainly a relaxing way to spend a day. Unfortunately we are not able to do a lot about the flies!! For anyone looking to camp at Ellery Creek Big Hole, please stay within the designated camping areas. Otherwise you risk degrading the surrounding environment if we allow campers to stay where they choose. If there are not enough spaces you will need to move to another campsite nearby. Try Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen or Redbank Gorge. It’s also advisable to remain properly attired in shirts or swim suits. There are no designated nude bathing areas at Ellery Creek.
Written 15 January 2019
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CraigThomas79
Adelaide, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
This place was incredible! It’s only a short walk from the car park along a mostly man made path to the shore. It’s as pretty as a post card!

The water is quite cool. The only thing I didn’t love about this place is the flys. That said, even with annoying flys it’s worth checking out.
Written 11 November 2017
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Carolyn L
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
So many tourists visit central Australia and only see the iconic spots. Less than an hour from Alice Springs , the drive out there is breathtaking with the and with stunning Western McDonnell Ranges flanking either side of the road .This place is not only beautiful with a permanent water hole and a great spot to rest up, have a swim and walk. It's a place of significance for aboriginal people and place for and those that want to get out in nature.Its also a geologists dream and archeologists dream. We went out with a palaeontologist a few years ago and he explained the significance of the the rock formations and this place is both impressive and fascinating. In this country there is a real presence that this is a place of significance for aboriginal people to and that feeling is palpable. Stunning a favourite spot of ours.
Written 7 January 2017
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