Napwerte / Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve

Napwerte / Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve has one of the highest concentrations of petroglyphs, or rock carvings, in the Northern Territory (NT).

You'll see galleries of ancient Arrernte engravings within the six hectare park.

It's not known exactly how old the petroglyphs are - or their meaning - as this knowledge is kept between senior Arrernte men.

This is a men's site and Arrernte women are not allowed here.

The best time to visit the reserve is during the morning and late afternoon.

Stay on the marked trails and do not photograph or touch the engravings.

Get the Napwerte / Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve fact sheet and map PDF (888.9 KB).


Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Napwerte / Ewaninga Rock Carvings Conservation Reserve Open  -

All year round, but roads may close after heavy rain. The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

The reserve is 35km south of Alice Springs on Old South Road.

Check road conditions before you go.

You can see and do all of the following in the reserve:

  • short walks
  • wildlife spotting
  • Aboriginal rock art site.

Camping is not permitted in the reserve.

Ewaninga has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • public toilets
  • picnic tables
  • walking tracks.

When visiting the reserve remember all of the following:

  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are not permitted in the reserve
  • Traditional Owners ask that you do not photograph the rock art
  • drones are not permitted.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to this 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.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Ranger Station phone: 08 8952 1013

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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