Australia, Camping, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Redbank Gorge with Kids (Central Australia)

Redbank Gorge with Kids (Central Australia)

Lots of sand, cool water and floating on an inner tube.  Sounds like a nice day at the beach right ? The waterholes in Central Australia have a LOT more to offer than you may realise !

Redbank Gorge was by far, my favourite outback swimming hole in Central Australia.  As an added bonus, it is also a fantastic place to take the kids.  There is heaps of sand, lots of rocks for the kids to scramble over, and lots of untouched nature to explore. I really want to come back to this area and camp for a couple of days!

redbank gorge with kids

Redbank Gorge is free to visit.  It is located in the West Macdonnell National Park, approximately 157 km from Alice Springs.. You follow Larapinta Drive west out of Alice Springs and turn right onto Namatjira Drive when you get to the intersection.  Follow this road until you see the turn off signs for Redbank Gorge.




I visited Redbank Gorge on a self drive camping trip with my husband and kids.  We travelled from Alice Springs to Uluru via the ‘alternative’ way. See the route we followed on this post: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)

There is a short hike into the gorge and waterhole itself, it took us around 30 minutes with the kids. If your kids are little, you will need to carry them or help them over the last bit.  I used the Ergo baby carrier to carry little Miss 18 months in and Mr nearly 4 hitched a ride on Jason’s shoulders when he was tired.  See my baby and toddler carriers for travelling section for what I use regularly to cart the kids around.

Redbank Gorge with kids
The walk in along a dry river bed. Isn’t this amazing !
Redbank Gorge with kids
Beautiful scenery on the walk into the swimming spot.  We only saw one other family the whole time we were here !

There is some really cool things to do in this area and the scenery is just beautiful!

If you can brave the cold water, you can actually swim up the gorge and then float back down on a tyre tube or floaty.  We didn’t get to do it unfortunately!  I didn’t know about it until we arrived, and didn’t bring any floaties for the kids unfortunately.

Redbank Gorge with kids
The kids were more than happy to play in the sand and splash in the freezing cold water at Redbank Gorge!

If you are a keen hiker, Redbank Gorge is one of the junctions on the world-famous Larapinta Trail.  You can also do a 16 km return hike up to Mount Sonder from the Redbank Gorge carpark.  Camping is available here at one of two campsites for a small fee.  There are pit toilets and gas BBQ’s available for use in the camping area.


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