Ellery Creek Big Hole

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a notable waterhole in the outback.

The Ellery Creek cuts through the West MacDonnell Ranges, creating a spectacular gorge.

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Mass floods formed The waterhole over thousands of years, revealing fascinating geology for visitors to admire.

Information on Ellery Creek Big Hole

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a top pick for a beaut spot to camp, stroll, take a dip, or picnic in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park.

This cracking waterhole gets its sparkle from the West MacDonnell Ranges (Tjoritja) and is hugged by towering red cliffs and the sandy banks of Ellery Creek. It's a gateway to bits of the 231-kilometre Larapinta Trail walk, specifically Sections 6 and 7, via the southern route.

It's been shaped over thousands of years by epic floods, making this waterhole not just a sight for sore eyes but also a spot of international geological importance. Chuck on your walking shoes for the 3-kilometre Dolomite walk to check out the formations around.

The local Aranda folks call Ellery Big Hole Udepata. Thanks to its ever-present water, it's been a primo gathering spot along the fish and honey ant dreaming tracks.

You can pitch your tent here, but you must sort your camping fees and bookings online before you rock up.

Getting here's a breeze on a gravel road that's a piece of cake for your average two-wheel drive.


Directions to Ellery Creek

Ellery Big Hole is situated 80km west of Alice Springs and can be reached by car via Namatjira Drive. Visitors need to note that the last 2km of the road is unsealed and may become impassable after heavy rainfall, in which case a 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Ellery Big Creek Hole can be accessed by hikers on the Larapinta Trail, connecting to sections 6 and 7.

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Swim at Ellery Creek

The Ellery Creek Big Hole is located in the red cliffs of Ellery Gorge, where visitors can enjoy relaxing on the sandy banks or swimming through the gorge.

Swimmers should take safety precautions by walking into the water to test its depth and avoid jumping off rocks. It is essential always to keep children in sight while swimming. There are no crocodiles in Central Australian waterholes so visitors can swim safely.

Ellery Creek Walks

There are two walking routes available when visiting Ellery Creek.

Ellery Creek Walk

The walk from the car park to the swimming hole is a short five-minute stroll and is easily accessible, including for those in wheelchairs.

Dolomite Walk

This 3km loop walk allows one to explore the area around the swimming hole. The walk typically takes about 1.5 hours. It is moderately challenging, with some steep inclines. Remember to bring water with you.

Check out Ellery Creek Campground

The Ellery Creek Campground is conveniently located near the visitors' car park and within walking distance of the swimming hole. There is disabled access to the swimming hole from the campground through the Ellery Creek Walk.

Ten designated camping and caravan sites are available for booking online in advance. Ellery Creek is a Category B campground with rates of $4 for adults, $2 for children, and $10 for families. Campsites must be booked online, and payment is no longer accepted onsite.

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Amenities provided at the Ellery Creek campground include:


  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • BBQs
  • A central shelter


Water is provided at the campground. It is recommended to bring shade equipment, as natural shade is limited at the camping site.