Ellery Creek is part of the Finke River system, with Ellery Creek Big Hole
being one of the largest permanent waterholes in the
West MacDonnell National
Park, offering a important source of water for the local wildlife. Known
locally as the ‘Alice Springs Beach’, it provides a popular refreshing stop for many locals and travellers.
The Aboriginal name for Ellery
Bighole is ‘Udepata’. This permanent water made it a special meeting place for the
Arrernte people on the fish and honey ant dreaming trails.
Located about an hour’s drives west of Alice Springs, along Namatjira Drive,
the waterhole is a great place to swim or just relax on a hot day. Swimmers
should take care, as the water is deep, and during the winter, extremely cold.
For your own safety, do not climb or jump from rocks.