Jay Creek is a locality located on the western side of the MacDonnell Ranges, approximately 45 km west of Alice Springs. It is also the name of the waterway that flow through a rugged gorge at the southern end of the range and into a permanent waterhole known as Fish Hole.
Jay Creek is also at the Trailhead for Sections 2 and 3 of the Larapinta Trail, a renowned international 231 kilometre trek through the West MacDonnell Ranges.
The walk to Jay Creek (Section 2 of the Larapinta Trek) starts at Simpsons Gap and takes you along a high ridgeline with wonderful views of the surrounding ranges. As well as the wildlife (including reptiles, birds, black-footed rock-wallabies and euros (also known as wallaroos), you pass through an area of mulga woodland before arriving at Jay Creek.
During times of good rainfall, water flow can be quite dramatic, flowing southward, and over roadways (sometimes cutting off access).
As with many areas of the arid inland region, after decent rainfall, former dry rivers begin to flow, often resulting in desert fish appearing, as if from nowhere. The following images show fishes crossing Namatjira Drive, swimming upstream against the flow of the river. They were caught by net for a quick photo, then released back into the water.
Footnote & References
- Jay Creek, Northern Territory, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Creek,_Northern_Territory (last visited Oct. 25, 2021)
- Iwupataka, 16 August 2017, Northern Territory Land Information System (NTLIS), http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/hpa-services/slapmaps?community_id=65