Redbank Gorge
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Redbank Gorge Car Park

  • End: Redbank Gorge Car Park

  • Location: West MacDonnell Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Alice Springs

  • Distance from CBD: 156km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -23.577457

  • Longitude: 132.518713

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Redbank Gorge is a 2km, grade 3 return hike, located in West MacDonnell Ranges Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Redbank Gorge (Rwetyepme, pronounced 'roo-chip-ma') is a stunning gorge and chasm that is a refuge for many threatened plant and animal species. Located 156km west of Alice Springs in the West MacDonnell Ranges and nestled at the base of Mount Sonder, it is also a popular stop for travellers following the Red Centre Way.

Take the two kilometre, 1.5-hour return walk from the car park along the creek bed to the gorge to swim in the cold, deep water of the near-permanent waterhole.

Basic camping facilities are available at two different locations - the Woodland and the Ridgetop campgrounds. Both have toilets, fire pits and picnic tables, the Woodland Camping area also has free gas barbecues. Spaces are limited and fees apply.

About the region

Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area on foot, swim in a waterhole, or pitch a tent for a longer stay.

Take a dip in the cold waters of one the park's permanent water holes. The larger water holes include Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.

There are numerous marked walking tracks ranging from leisurely to adventurous. The 223 kilometre Larapinta Trail stretches through the park and offers extended and overnight bushwalks for fit, experienced and well prepared walkers.

The park encompasses an ancient landscape sculpted over time by climatic elements. It is also a refuge for rare and threatened plants as well as wildlife, including the uncommon bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon.

Features of the landscape are significant to the Arrernte people, including the Ochre Pits that have long been a quarry for important ochre pigments.

There are plenty of places to camp in the park, with varied access and facilities. Camping fees apply and overnight visitors should bring their own water supplies. Commercial facilities are available at Glen Helen Resort.

Getting there

Access is via the sealed Larapinta and Namatjira drives, 157 kilometres west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. The five kilometre access road is unsealed and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

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2 thoughts on “Redbank Gorge (2km)

  1. The gorge becomes an adventure canyon as you go further in… it can be 40º+ outside, cool in the canyon, cold in the water… It is difficult, longer than expected, and potentially dangerous (I even found a snake making it’s way through). People are for scale

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