Ormiston Gorge - Places to Visit - The West Macs

The alluring gorge has a permanent waterhole, estimated to be up to 14 metres deep at its northern end with prolific fish life within. The water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native fauna and flora, including a number of relict plant species. The recent rediscoveries of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Central Rock-rat in the Ormiston Gorge area demonstrate what an important role the Park plays as a fauna refuge. The area has wide range of walks including the awe-inspiring Pound Walk, one of the premier medium walks in Central Australia.

Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell National Park

Ormiston Gorge offers visitors all the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges.  The rugged scenery of the the Gorge is complemented by a near-permanent water hole.

The water and the shelter of the rocks attract an interesting variety of native fauna and flora, including a number of relict plant species. The recent rediscoveries of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Central Rock Rat in the Ormiston Gorge vicinity demonstrate what an important role the Park plays as a fauna refuge.  Ormiston Gorge is also home to a major ranger station.

There are wonderful opportunities to swim here plus there are full tourist facilities including an information centre.


Key features:

  • Abundant, easily spotted wildlife
  • A wide range of some of the region's best walking trails, camping and swimming including (usually) a sting of waterholes right into the Gorge
  • Extensive photographic opportunities. 
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