A place of quiet beauty, the Davenport Ranges National Park
(Iytwellepenty) encompasses 1,120 square kilometres of the Davenport
Range, north east of Alice Springs. The park is bordered by the
pastoral leases of Elkedra, Kurundi, Murray Downs, and Singleton
Stations and the Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust.
Explore via one of the many walking tracks within the park. See the
Amelia Creek crater, an eroded remnant of a former impact crater. Pitch
a tent at one of two camping spots, and have a swim at the Old Police
Station Waterhole. This Waterhole can be reached via Kurundi/ Epenara
(high clearance vehicle required) or alternatively via the Taylor's
Creek track (four-wheel drive vehicle required). Four-wheel drive
enthusiasts can test their skills on some very demanding tracks. Look
for water birds in this important refuge, and discover the ecological
importance of this network of waterholes.
Aboriginal associations with the area are extensive and strong. The
Davenport Ranges mark the boundary between the traditional lands of the
Warumungu, Alyawarre and Kaytetye people. Artefacts relating to earlier
occupancy remain and 'Dreamtime' or creation stories remain strong
among Aboriginal people who retain traditional associations with the
Europeans settled the area in the early 1900s. The area has a
diverse history concerning mineral exploration and mining, pastoral
development, missionary work and the establishment of Government
services such as a police station.