From Red Bank Gorge I decided to return to Temple Bar Caravan Park for a shower and to contemplate my next move. I would highly recommend this park. It has low fees ($12), is situated only 7km from town, is clean and tidy, lots of shade and has scenic surroundings.
On the way I stopped at Finke River Lookout and was surprised to see it had water in it. Apart from having a cool name, it is the largest of the rivers that drain the MacDonnell Ranges, it drains into the Simpson Desert where it disappears again.
This is probably the best of the easily accessible gorges in this part of the MacDonnell Ranges. I was thinking while I was here that often the reality of a place fails to match the expectation. These gorges actually are equal to or better than expectations. The hardness of the desert landscape,
I originally intended to stay at Ellery Creek Big Hole (see photos) but I noticed there was Internet available at the lookout camp just up the road where I can download some Gaia topographic maps of this area. The visit to Ellery Creek answered a lot of questions about the logistics of
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.