Anna's Reservoir Conservation Reserve
Explorer John McDouall Stuart discovered, named and described Anna Reservoir in April 1860.
Stuart named the rockhole after the youngest daughter of one of his sponsors, Mr James Chambers, and visited it on each of his three attempts to reach the northern coast of Australia.
Early travellers and the Overland Telegraph construction team also relied on the reservoir for water.
In the 1880s Billy Benstead chose this site to set up a homestead in what was to be a 51,800km² station operated by the Barrow Creek Pastoral Company.
You can visit the homestead ruins or even camp there under the stars in the bush campsites.
The reserve also offers bushwalking, photography opportunities and it is an important site of European settler history.
The waterhole is sacred and camping and driving in this area is not permitted.
- short walks
- nature appreciation
- information signs
- 4WD roads for access to the site
- camping - away from the waterhole and historic ruins
- historical ruins.
- stay on designated roads and tracks
- historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
- fires are not permitted
- bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
- pets are not permitted in this reserve
- generators are not permitted
- you need a permit to use a drone - you must get it before you arrive.
- observe park safety signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
- avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
- think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.
Last updated: 05 June 2020
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