The Safari Tour will depart Ross River Homestead, detour before the campground and take the turn towards the Ndhala Gorge Nature Park Gates. Passing Loves Creek and driving through a few sandy sections of the Ross River we will continue across the sandy terrain for 11km to reach the N’dhala Gorge Nature Park where you’ll be able to walk up into the gorge area and explore the petroglyphs, rock carvings and local wildlife & scenery. Returning back to Ross River. Total time is approximately 90 minutes.
N’Dhala Gorge is an important site for the Eastern Arrernte people known as Irlwentye (pronounced eel-oon-ja).
The Aboriginal custodians for the site (the Oliver, Ryder and Williams families) welcome you.
The Gorge is a cultural treasure house containing over 5,900 individual petroglyphs (rock engravings), several art sites, shelter areas and other sites of cultural significance.
The petroglyphs in this shady gorge are relicts of the art and stories of an ancient, but still living culture.
The petroglyphs are of two styles, the finely pecked and the pounded.
It is difficult to estimate the age of the art – they possibly represent two time periods. Most were probably
done within the past 2,000 years, but some could be as old as 10,000 years.