Ormiston Gorge

Swim, camp or walk the gorge

Ormiston Gorge is a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge.

Located 135km west of Alice Springs in Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, it is accessible by sealed roads.

There are several walks at Ormiston Gorge.

You can choose from:

  • short accessible walks for all skill levels and abilities
  • half day circuit walks
  • overnight walks.

The area has an interesting range of native plants and animals including a number of relict plant species from Central Australia's tropical past.

Get the Ormiston Gorge fact sheet and map PDF (1.2 MB).

Check if the park is open

Ormiston Gorge

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Ormiston Gorge Open  -
Ormiston Gorge campground Open  -
Ormiston Gorge Kiosk Open -
Ormiston Pound Walk: Ormiston Gorge Open Swimming through cold water required -


Located 500m from the visitor centre, is a permanent swimming waterhole.

It is estimated to be up to 14m deep at its southern end.

You should be aware that most waterholes in the park are extremely cold.

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

Beware of submerged logs and rocks. Don't jump or dive into the water.


Ormiston Gorge is rated as a category C campground and offers more facilities than other sites in Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park.

Gas barbecues, toilets and showers are provided. The drive-in campground is accessible to all vehicle types including caravans.

There are three campgrounds for walkers, school groups and larger groups.

Book and pay

From 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023, you must book and pay online for designated campsites. 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.

Larapinta Trail

This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections.

Each section takes one or two days to complete.

Ormiston Gorge forms part of sections 9 and 10.

Read more about the Larapinta Trail.

Ormiston Gorge is 135km west of Alice Springs
08 8956 7799
  • Coffee
  • Ranger station
  • Disabled access
  • Information signs
  • Public toilets
  • Gas BBQ
  • Caravan
  • Camping
  • Picnic
  • Swimming

Sites nearby

Simpsons Gap

Take one of the many walks and enjoy the magnificent views and rare plants


Redbank Gorge

Remote chasm with swimming hole and campgrounds


Ellery Creek Big Hole

Spectacular waterhole with walking, swimming, picnics and camping


Last updated: 21 October 2022

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