Australia, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Redbank Gorge with Kids

Redbank Gorge with Kids

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’s 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 stay for a couple of days!

Redbank Gorge with kids

I visited Redbank Gorge with my husband and young kids on a Central Australian road camping trip.  See the route we followed here: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)

There is a short hike into the gorge and waterhole itself, which 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 we use to cart the kids around.

Redbank Gorge with kids
The walk in along a dry river bed. Isn’t this amazing !

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

If you can brave the cold water, swim up the gorge and then float back down on a tyre tube or floaty.  We didn’t get to do it unfortunately because I forgot the floaty!

Keen hikers will be pleased to know that 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.

Redbank Gorge is FREE to visit.   Camping is available here at one of two campsites for a reasonable fee. There are pit toilets and gas BBQ’s available for use in the camping area.

How To Get There and Where To Stay


Redbank Gorge is located in the West Macdonnell National Park, approximately 157 km from Alice Springs.  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.


You can fly into Alice Springs from most capital cities in Australia, and either hire a vehicle or book a tour from there.

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Nearby accommodation can be found at Glen Helen Ledge.  Alternatively, accommodation in Alice Springs can be found here:

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