Ellery Creek - Places to Visit - The West Macs

Whether you're a day tripper or a weary walker on the Larapinta Trail, the Big Hole is the perfect location for a refreshing swim and picnic. Like the name suggests, Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole fed by the mighty Ellery Creek. This powerful tributary of the Finke River cuts through this gorge in the MacDonnell Ranges. Over the millennia, massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some staggering geology.

Ellery Creek Big Hole, West MacDonnell National Park

Like the name suggests, Ellery Creek Big Hole is a spectacular waterhole fed by the mighty Ellery Creek. This dependable tributary of the Finke River cuts through a gorge in the MacDonnell Ranges.  Over the millennia, massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

This spectacular location has been the inspiration for many artists. 

Whether you're a day tripper or a weary walker on the Larapinta Trail, the Big Hole is the perfect location for a refreshing swim, picnic or camp.


Key features:

  • The large, picturesque waterhole for swimming
  • Amazing geological formations throughout the whole area
  • Abundant wildlife, particularly bird-life.

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