Trephina Gorge

Tues – 24th. With all of our bits and pieces fixed or sorted, fuel, water and supplies re stocked we left the park. We stopped at the car wash in town and did a quick wash of the Ute and trailer getting off all the dust, at least for a short time. After lunch we headed off towards Trephina Gorge in the East Mac Donnell Ranges.

We decided to head straight for Trephina Gorge to set up camp and do Emily and Jessie Gaps on the way back in.

Wow wow wow, this is what it’s all about. This is why we put up with the dust, corrugations, flies, vehicle issues, the dry, cold nights and sometimes very harsh conditions. This is why we come out to these remote areas, areas where you can only see these amazing awesome breathtaking scenery.  This is what it is all about and makes it all so worth while, what wonderful memories are made off.

You are not long out of Alice on the Ross Hwy before you are greeted with ochre coloured ranges. Amazing site against the deep blue sky. The drive from the Hwy into Trephina Gorge is nothing short of breathtaking. Deep ochre cliffs that can only be described as WOW.

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About 9kms down the road you come to Bluff Campground that says no trailers or caravans allowed, not sure why yet. It sits at the base of the amazing large deep red cliff. A bit further down is the Gorge Campground, at first it doesn’t seem as nice but has the advantage of only being a short stroll to the gorge. The sites are dusty and are not that big. We put ourselves down one end, which gave us plenty of room and dust.


There are toilets and drinking water at both sites, as well as fire pits and free gas BBQ’s. Price is $3.30 per person. There is also another small camp area at John Hayes Rockhole along a 4×4 track.

We did a short stroll along the gorge that really wet our appetite leaving us wanting more. Tomorrow is another day.

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