John Hayes Rockhole Campground - Trephina Gorge Nature Park

National Park - Northern Territory


Turn off the highway at GPS -23.5698, 134.3845 and follow the unsealed road until you reach GPS -23.5413, 134.3792 when you turn left, then follow the 4WD only track until you reach the campground.  

The John Hayes Rockhole track within the Park is recommended for high clearance vehicles only.  

Trephina Gorge, in the East MacDonnell Ranges, is noted for its sheer quartzite cliffs and River Red Gum lined watercourses. Two gorges dissect the range: Trephina, with its wide views and sandy creekbed, and John Hayes Rock Hole with steep, narrow rock walls. The camping grounds have pit toilets, picnic tables, drinking water, communal firepits and gas BBQ's.  Generators and dogs are not permitted here. John Hayes Rockhole is a popular swimming location during warmer months.  However during prolonged dry periods the waterholes at Trephina Gorge and John Hayes Rockhole can evaporate, leaving only a sandy creekbed.


Great little spot for a visit or overnighter. Very rough but quite passable road in the last 4 kilometres; definitely 4WD. Long drop toilet but no fresh water. Lovely walks, waterholes and small caves for the kids to explore.

I didn't camp but rode a bicycle up the road (it is slightly up hill all the way). In a couple of places the track would be fun even in my 4x4 sprinter probably just passable but the height difference of the left and right of the track may have made getting past trees a challenge. There was water in the water hole and this is the end of the longer 9 hour walk. With a caravan I would park it in one of the other camp sites and use your 4x4 to go up for the day or drop off those who want to walk back via the ridge.
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