Mount Sonder itself, also holds significance to the local Aboriginal People. The
shape of the mountain is said to look like the profile of a pregnant women lying
on her back, although the meaning and significance of the story is not revealed.
The colours on the face of Mount Sonder vary throughout the day, from a
spectacular fiery red at sunrise to a deep purple in the early afternoon. These
luminescent colours were captured and made famous by the Arrernte watercolourist
Albert Namatjira during the 1940s and 1950s.
Polished quartzite walls close over your head to block out
the sky creating an atmosphere of cathedral calm. Entry to the gorge usually
blocked by a deep, cold (even in summer) waterhole which can be crossed using an
Redbank is the start of the 8 hour return walk to the summit of Mount Sonder.
You pass two very pleasant bush camping areas along the Redbank Gorge access
Source: NT Parks and Wildlife Service park signage
For additional attractions, tours and accommodation in the region, check out
Alice Springs and
Central Australia. For more information contact the
local tourism visitor centres.