Ormiston Gorge - Alice Springs, NT

Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge showcases the
spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell
Ranges. Ormiston is probably the most colourful of all Australian gorges. The orange and red quartzite walls have been wildly fractured. The floor of the gorge is strewen with fallen boulders and rocks of every colour and pattern imaginable. The Gorge has a near permanent waterhole, estimated to be up to 14 metres deep at its southern end.

The area contains an interesting variety of native fauna and flora including a number of relict plant species remaining from a tropical past.

Ormiston Gorge is located 135 km west of Alice Springs.
Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The visitor Centre is approximately 8kms from
the Ormiston Gorge turn-off on Namatjira Drive. Sealed roads provide access by conventional vehicles. All roads can be impassable for a short period after heavy rain.

The Park is accessible all year round. The cooler months (April to October) are the most pleasant.

Features

Facilities
Camping
facilities are available for
tents. Spaces are limited and
operate on a first come, first
served basis. There is a separate camp ground for school groups. Gas barbecues, toilets and showers are provided. Camping fees are payable at the site and
camping is only permitted in designated areas.

Commercial facilities are available at Glen Helen Resort.
Activities
The water hole is ideal for swimming, especially in the warmer months.

A number of walks in the area allow you to choose your way to best explore the gorge. The seven kilometre Ormiston Pound Walk leads you on a circuit from the visitor centre, across the slopes, onto the flat floor of the pound. It returns along the gorge by the main waterhole.

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Location

Alice Springs, NT, 870