Trephina Gorge Nature Park,located 85 Kms east of Alice Springs, is part of the East MacDonnell Ranges. It is adorned by quartzite cliffs and watercourses and commended by many as an excellent camping spot.
There are a number of trail options for bushwalking in the Trephina Gorge Nature Park, such as the easy, 500-metre “Gorge Stroll” to the area’s semi-permanent waterhole, or the challenging 3.5 Km loop “Chain of Ponds Walk”, which features a lookout providing an impressive view of the Gorge.
Accessible by 4-wheel drives is the John Hayes Rockhole, which is often frequented by wildlife such as wallabies and an assortment of bird species.
The rockhole is a popular swimming spot, but please keep in mind that the water is usually very cold, even in summer.
The Park is home to the largest ghost gum tree in Australia — around 300 years old and 27 metres tall.
A number of camping and picnic facilities are available in the park. Camping fees are payable on-site. Pets are not allowed.
The Nature Park is open all year, but it is best to visit during the cooler months from April to September.
Please make sure that you drink plenty of water, take precautions to avoid sunburns, and obey the park rules.