Driving through the West MacDonnell ranges is quite spectacular. Namatjira Drive (road) meanders through ranges on each side of you. The 1st 2 gorges - Simpson's Gap & Standley Chasm were shown in the previous blog. Next gorge along the road was Ellery Creek Big Hole - the water was too chilly for a swim!!
Glen Helen gorge was a 200mts walk from our van - pics are below
Roma Gorge is not well known on the major tourist maps, but it is signed along the road. We had to drive 8.5 kms & 3/4 hr up a very rocky creek bed to get to it, but the long & slow drive was worth it.
This area was used by the aboriginal people to carve etchings into the rocks with sharp tools made from stone
From Glen Helen Gorge / resort, we decided to obtain a permit from the aboriginal council & NT govt to drive through aboriginal land via the Mereenie Loop Rd or Red Centre Way as it is also known. It is a dirt road. The 1st 3/4 hr of the drive with the van over rough corrugations - much more rough than the Plenty Hwy through to the NT border from Qld. The rest of the 2hr drive was pleasant & smooth. dirt hwy.
Kings Canyon was our next destination.