Redbank Gorge

Located in the West MacDonnell (Tyurretye) National Park and nestled at the base of Mount Sonder (Rwetyepme, pronounced ‘roo-chip-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.

Location: 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 turn- off to Redbank Gorge is unsealed and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. All roads can be impassable for a short period after heavy rain.

One of the most photographed gorges in Central Australia, it has a near-permanent waterhole situated 1km 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.


A 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. It’s well worth the walk, tall red cliffs follow the creek bed coming together at the end to form an amazing chasm.

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Section 12 of the Larapinta Trail starts and finishes at the Redbank Gorge Carkpark. Walkers also have the option to start or finish Section 11 of the Trail from this point. Both of these Sections are graded ‘hard’ and should only be attempted by fit people with previous bushwalking experience. Careful planning and preparation is required. Notify a reliable person of your intended walk plans. Ensure they know to contact police if you do not return by the arranged date. Walkers should carry a satellite phone or personal locator beacon.


There are basic camping facilities available at two different locations - The Woodland Camping Area and the Ridgetop Camping Area. Both have toilets, firepits and picnic tables, the Woodland Camping area also has free gas barbecues. Spaces are limited and operate on a first come, first served basis. Camping fees apply and are payable onsite.

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