N’Dhala Gorge is a cultural treasure with 6,000 individual petroglyphs, or rock carvings, found in 438 engraved sites along the main gorge and 240 engraved sites in the side gorge. It is suggested that engraving occurred over two time periods. The first was around 10,000 years ago and the second started about 3,000 years ago. Anyone with an interest in Aboriginal art should visit the park. The traditional owners, the local Arrernte people, ask that you respect the park and its artefacts.
There is a 1.5km, about a one hour return, walk through the gorge where you can see rare plants such as the Hayes wattle (Acacia undoolyana).
A small, simple bush camping area is located at the entrance to the Park. No water is provided and you should bring your own supplies. Camping fees are payable at the site.
The Gorge is situated 90 km east of Alice Springs, off the Binns Track. The first part of the drive is along a sealed road to Ross River Resort. The turn-off to N’Dhala Gorge is 500 m before the Resort. After the homestead there is 11 km of 4WD track. The 4WD track crosses the Ross River several times and becomes impassable after heavy rain.
It is open all year round. It is best to visit during the cooler months between April to September.
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