Redbank Gorge

Point Of Interest

4.5 from 23 users

Description

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

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Jessbh94

Drove out to the gorge after reading the reviews. The road in was a little challenging for our campervan. We hiked to the gorge but sadly we were both tired today so the drive/hike meant we were exhausted by the time we got to the gorge. If you are time poor/ have a non-4WD/ tired would recommend going to ormiston instead and enjoying your time more than trying to see everything.

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Bradrev8

The most beautiful gorge I've ever seen also an amazing swim!

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Truckinrightoff

We were a bit let down with this walk. It is a very beautiful spot. But we didn't swim after the hard walk out due to Alot of dead fish.

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