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N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park

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N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park
A cultural treasure house, N'Dhala Gorge is a site of important cultural significance, with thousands of rock carvings that are the relics of the Eastern Arrernte people.

With over 5,900 individual petroglyphs, several art sites, shelter areas and other sites of cultural significance, the area is home to stories and art of an ancient but still living culture, with some works dating back to 10,000 years.

The Aboriginal custodians for the site, who are living in Saata Teresa, have indicated that some of the designs are connected with a Caterpillar Dreaming story.

There are two styles of petroglyphs to be observed, the 'finely pecked' and 'the pounded'. It is thought that these represent two time periods in which they were created, with most being done about 2,000 years ago, and the others being much older.

The nature park is also an important site for fire sensitive plants including the Hayes Wattle (Acacia undoolyana) and White Cypress Pine (Callitric glaucophylla).

How to get there

The gorge is just 90 km east of Alice Springs, off the Binns Track. To get to the N'Dhala Gorge, follow the sealed road to the Ross River Homestead. The turn-off is about 500 m before the resort, then along 11 km of 4WD track. The track crosses the Ross River several times and becomes impassable after heavy rain.

There is a 1.5 km marked walking track, that has interpretive signage along the route. For those wishing to stay overnight, the park has a small bush camping area, located at the entrance of the park. You should bring all your own supplies, including water. Camping fees applicable.

When to visit
The cooler months (April to September) are the most pleasant times to visit N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park.

Source: NRETA Parks and Wildlife Services: N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park

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