Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park

Heat warning

Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March.

It can exceed 40 degrees celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.

Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.

The Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park overlays a rich living cultural landscape of the Alyawarr, Wakaya, Kaytete and Warumungu traditional owners.

It is also a wonderfully remote visitor experience for adventurous four-wheel drivers wanting to see the real Territory.

Separated from other river systems, the park also provides an important refuge for waterbirds found in desert country and seven species of fish.

The park has European heritage sites, including relics from early mining and pastoral enterprises that occurred in the area.

A great place for swimming is Old Police Station Waterhole.

It is best to swim in during summer as the water becomes very cold during winter months.

Be careful of submerged logs and rocks. Do not jump or dive into the water.

This ecologically significant area marks the northern-most range of some southern wildlife species and the southern-most range of several northern species.

Get the Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park fact sheet and map PDF (703.0 KB).

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Ranger Station phone: 08 8962 4499

Park sitesAccessComments Forecast opening
Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park Open   -
Old Police Station Waterhole’ Open   -
Whistleduck Campground Open   -

All year round, but roads may be closed after rain.

The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

Check road conditions with the Ali Curung Police Station: 08 8964 1959.

Located south-east of Tennant Creek, the park can be accessed via the Stuart Highway and the Kurundi / Epenarra Road from the Bonney Well turnoff.

Or the Murray Downs / Hatches Creek Road and Taylor Creek turnoff (this is a slower route but far more scenic).

Experienced four-wheel drive (4WD) travellers can take the Frew River Loop 4WD track off the Murray Downs / Hatches Creek Road for 17km of challenging driving.

You must have a high clearance 4WD for this track.

Check road conditions before you go.

You can do all of the following activities in the park:

  • four wheel driving
  • wildlife spotting
  • nature appreciation
  • camping.

Camping fees apply and are payable on-site.

Iytwelepenty / Davenport Ranges National Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • 4WD roads
  • fire pits
  • public toilets
  • picnic areas
  • camping in designated camping areas
  • swimming
  • wildlife.

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • beware of submerged logs and rocks when swimming - do not jump or dive into the water
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the park
  • fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are not permitted in the park
  • you need permission from the relevant landowner before driving off the public road
  • generators and drones are not permitted.

You can can have a safe and comfortable trip to the park by doing all of the following:

  • 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
  • the area floods regularly during the hotter months from December to March.

Tennant Creek Ranger Station phone: 08 8962 4499

You can contact the Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs office for more tourist information.

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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