Ellery Creek Tjoritja National Park NT
A suggested travel guide from Alice Springs to Ellery Creek!
Ellery Creek is located about 80 km west of Alice Springs, and it's a popular destination for swimming, hiking, and camping. Here's how to get there:
By campervan or 4wd camper rental: The easiest way to get to Ellery Creek is by car. From Alice Springs, head west on Larapinta Drive (also known as Namatjira Drive). The drive takes about an hour and a half, depending on traffic and road conditions. Along the way, you'll see some beautiful scenery, including the West MacDonnell Ranges.
By tour: If you prefer not to drive yourself, there are several tour companies that offer day trips to Ellery Creek. These tours typically include transportation, a guide, and sometimes lunch or snacks.
Once you arrive at Ellery Creek, there are several things to see and do:
Swimming: The creek is a popular spot for swimming, especially during the warmer months (October to April). The water is usually quite cold, but refreshing on a hot day.
Hiking: There are several hiking trails in the area, ranging from short walks to longer, more challenging hikes. One popular trail is the 2.4 km (1.5 mile) Ellery Creek Big Hole walk, which takes you to a beautiful swimming spot.
Camping: If you want to spend more time in the area, there is a campground at Ellery Creek with basic facilities (toilets, fire pits, picnic tables). The campground is first-come, first-served, and there is a small fee to stay overnight. (check National Parks NT ahead before you go)
Some things to keep in mind:
The area can get very hot in the summer months (December to February), so be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat.
The water in the creek can be quite cold, even in the warmer months, so be prepared if you plan to swim.
If you're camping, be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles and pack out everything you bring in.
Respect the local culture and be mindful of any sacred sites in the area.
I hope this helps you plan your trip to Ellery Creek!
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