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Ormiston Gorge and Pound

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Another excellant gorge to visit in the West Macdonnell ranges. We did the walks up to the lookout, where you get excellant views and back down through the gorge. The water holes are amazing to see when you realize how dry the area can be...More

Thank ANDY F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss. It is very close to Glen Helen Resort and only takes a few minutes to drive. Go to lookout and the waterhole.

Thank Fleur61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly, helpful staff, the food was good but the coffee was great and well worth the visit. Then there is the view. Can't do it all in one day, make a weekend of it.

Thank Nifa9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food homemade, good walk, can have à swim, friendly staff. You should go there. Camping fees 10 $ night.

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights on a family holiday. Great spot to explore the West Mac Ranges and then come back for a swim in the gorge on the beautiful sandy banks. The facilities were also good (warm shower) and there's a kiosk that sells...More

Thank Jls8_adl
Reviewed 17 May 2017

A short walk from the car park & you come to this amazing place. The river gums, the rock formations, the water. You could spend half a day here.Absolutely worth the drive!

Thank paulg19688
Reviewed 11 May 2017

A short (ca 500 meter) walk from the parking area brings you to this popular water hole - while the water is cold, the sun is nice and warm, and the place is peaceful and enchanting - a must while visiting West MacDonnell ranges.

Thank Adele H
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We stayed overnight at Ormiston Gorge recently in early March and found we were the only campers which made our stay even more special. Camp fees were reasonable ($10 per person per night) and the amenities were very adequate with toilets and hot showers. Camp...More

1  Thank Annieco1
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Just a wonderful place. Can walk on an easy track or a more difficult one. Picnic facilities and a lot of information about the area is well posted

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Just over an hour on bitumen from Alice, lies this amazing place. A peaceful waterhole surrounded by sand dunes with stunning vistas in all directions. You could laze around for hours and even the flies politely leave you alone. And when you done, you can...More

Thank TieTraveller
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Hi, we are planning a 3,5 day visit to the Red Centre mid August. We would like to spend the first night camping on 1 of the (bush)campsites between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon. However our flight arrives thursday 12.30, after that we have to pick up the campervan (4WD) and do some groceries. I read we have to be early to get a spot as the campsites have limited availability, so I wonder if this is a good idea. I assume there are no possibilities to make reservations. Or would it be better to stay at the campsite at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge? Would it be possible to be there before dark, and also visit some of the scenic sites & gorges along the way?
30 May 2016|
Response from Stephen F | Reviewed this property |
sorry this reply is so late....need to check these more often. If you are not already here, I'd advise stopping overnight in Alice Springs then head out the following day....you don't want to be on these roads from dusk or... More
Are roads to gorges sealed cheers
21 May 2016|
Response from JohMarianne |
Yes the roads are all sealed
Are the roads all sealed to the gorges as I don't have an off road van cheers neil
19 May 2016|
Response from Kate A | Reviewed this property |
Do you mean all the gorges in the national park? You can actually walk to most of the gorges and park the car at the parking. Ormiston gorge has a big parking. Many people also came with 2wd car, so no worries :)