Starting from the car park at the end of Redbank Gorge Road, Mount Zeil, this walk takes you to the Redbank Gorge and back via the same-titled track, visiting the permanent waterhole along Davenport Creek midway. Named ‘Yarretyeke’ by the Arrernte people, this lovely gorge is located at the base of Mount Sonder (Rwetyepme) and serves as a refuge for the endangered fauna and flora. You can expect to see rock-wallabies, frogs and multiple bird species such as the Grey Honeyeater. The water is surprisingly cold even in summer, considering how hot the weather can get outside the gorge. Enjoy the refreshing waters of Davenport Creek and have a little picnic after the swim if you’d like. Just keep an eye out for snakes. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Larapinta Drive, 6 and drive for another 880 m
At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Larapinta Drive, 6 and drive for another 44.3 km
Turn right onto Namatjira Drive, 2 and drive for another 104.9 km
Turn right and drive for another 3.6 km
Turn left and drive for another 1.1 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the sheltered picnic tables at the end of the road, pass through the bollard and head towards the brown “Redbank Gorge” sign along the dirt path. Pass by the said sign and through the sheltered informational signposts to join a singular dirt trail. 75 metres in, keep/veer left at the fork following the signage for “Redbank Gorge” to continue along the Redbank Gorge Walk.....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 11 to 12.
Redbank Gorge (about 20 m back from the start).
There is a picnic table (about 15 m back from the start).
Larapinta Trail Information (about 8 m back from the start).
Find the toilet at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Redbank Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12) continue straight, to head along Redbank Gorge Walk.
After another 85 m pass the "Larapinta Trail Water" (60 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to the "Larapinta Trail Camping" (60 m on your right).
(Redbank Gorge) Continue another 1.1 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.3 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Redbank Gorge Walk
1 h to 2 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)