Ellery Creek Big Hole

Spectacular waterhole with walking, swimming, picnics and camping

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

It is located 80km west of Alice Springs.

Access is by Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The last 2km is unsealed.

Roads can become impassable for a short period after heavy rain.

Get the Ellery Creek Big Hole fact sheet and map PDF (2.3 MB).

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Ellery Creek Big Hole

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Ellery Creek Big Hole Open

Closed for roadworks from:

  • Friday 21 October 2022 to Monday 19 December 2022, and
  • Monday 9 January 2023 to Monday 30 January 2023.


The permanent waters of Ellery Creek is a 5 minute walk from the carpark.

The waterhole is ideal for swimming, especially in the warmer months.

Swimmers should be aware that most waterholes are extremely cold.

Prolonged exposure, even during summer, can result in hypothermia.

Beware of submerged logs and rocks.

Do not jump, dive or swing into the water.


Camping facilities are available for tents, trailers and caravans.

Gas barbecues and toilets are provided.

Bring your own drinking water if you are planning to camp.

Ellery Creek Big Hole is a category B campsite.

Book and pay online

You must book and pay online for designated campsites and some multi-day walking trails. Do this before you go.

You can't pay at the park.

Find out more about how to use parks booking system.

If you are ready, book now.


There are 2 main walks from Ellery Creek:

  • Ellery Creek
  • Dolomite.

There is also the more challenging 32km Ellery Creek loop walk that joins partly with the Larapinta Trail.

80km west of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives
08 8956 7799
  • Disabled access
  • Information signs
  • Water
  • Public toilets
  • Gas BBQ
  • Caravan
  • Firepit
  • Walking
  • Camping
  • Picnic
  • Swimming

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Last updated: 01 March 2022

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