Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve

The Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve is one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots you can visit.

Its natural values are due to the impressive southern foothills of the James Range and the presence of a permanent natural spring.

The site is a moist habitat for several relict aquatic plant species and it protects the ruins of the old Illamurta Springs Police Camp, open between 1893 and 1912.

This served as an administration centre and distribution point for rations for Aboriginal people.

Get the Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve fact sheet and map PDF (648.2 KB).


Ranger Station: 08 8956 7401

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve Open   -

All year round, but roads may close after heavy rain.

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

Check road conditions before you leave home.

Illamurta Springs is 192km south-west of Alice Springs.

Take the Stuart Highway and Ernest Giles Road, or Larapinta Drive and the Finke River 4WD Route from Finke Gorge National Park.

Access is for four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles only.

The Ernest Giles Road and access tracks are unsealed, sandy and occasionally closed after heavy rain. Check road conditions before you go.

If you take the Finke River 4WD Route you should have a satellite phone, EPIRB and/or personal locator beacon (PLB), extra water and a well-maintained vehicle with backup equipment.

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

  • walking
  • wildlife spotting and nature appreciation
  • photography
  • picnicking
  • see historical ruins.

Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • 4WD tracks
  • walking tracks.

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • stay on the designated tracks and roads
  • historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve
  • fires are not permitted in the reserve
  • camping is not permitted in the reserve
  • bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are not permitted in the reserve
  • you need a permit to use a drone - you must get it before you arrive.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve 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.

Finke Gorge Ranger Station phone: (08) 8956 7401

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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