Serpentine Gorge, which is a massive gorge giving onto a valley, is
one of the lesser visited but equally beautiful gorges in the West
MacDonnells. Initialy a narrow gorge in the first of two sections, it
contains a small waterhole at its base - swimming is not allowed here
as the area is of spiritual importance to its Aboriginal owners, they
believe a fierce serpent lives in the pool of water and would never
approach it. Unfortunately this does not stop some tourists from taking
a swim anyway.
In dry times the waterholes in the surrounding area dry up, leaving
Serpentine Gorge waterhole the only remaining waterhole in a large
area. Birds will move in from the surrounding countryside and can
easily be observed by sitting quietly by the edge of the waterhole.
The area provides the opportunity for long or short walks through
lovely River Red Gums and alongside idyllic semi-permanent water
holes. There are lookouts and well marked trails offering some
fantastic views of the types of landscape and geology that are so
evocative of Central Australia.