Umbrawarra Gorge Campground may be small but it offers a lot of activities for adventure seekers, like rock climbing and abseiling.
The Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park protects a beautiful isolated gorge with steep red cliffs. It has a walking track that winds alongside the creek to a large pool with a small sandy beach. The rest of the gorge can only be reached by wading, swimming and rock hopping. Pets are not permitted in the park.
The Park is located about 245 km from Darwin and about 115 km from Katherine. Drive along the Stuart Highway to about 3 km south of Pine Creek.
Then turn south west onto an unsealed road. The next 22 km can become very dusty and corrugated. This section contains steep dips and creek crossings. Drive with care.
It is best to visit in the dry season, (May to September) when the river level has dropped and the gorge is accessible. The Park can be reached by all vehicles in the dry season (May – September). Towing caravans along this road is not recommended due to the corrugations. During the wet season (October – April), especially after rain, the road is often closed.
Please note: GPS Co-Ordinates are approximate and provided in most cases to get you to the National Park entrance. Once inside the park there should be signs to the actual camp grounds. Failing this please check with National Parks for further directions.
FEES & BOOKINGS
Camping Fee per night: Adults: $3.30, Child (5-15 years): $1.65
Family (2 adults, 4 children): $7.70
Camping fees should be deposited in the honesty box provided. (A ‘Park Fees’ brochure is available for details on other parks).
The campground has a pit toilet, picnic, and barbecue facilities. No drinking water provided.
THINGS TO DO
Rocky pools and small sandy beaches provide beautiful swimming spots, early to mid-dry season only. The creek stops flowing late in the dry season.
For rock climbing and abseiling, permits must be obtained from the Batchelor or Palmerston Parks and Wildlife Services offices before you arrive at Umbrawarra.
An easy 1 km walk leads into the gorge but if you want to go further along the creek you will have to swim and rock-hop. There are magnificent views from the cliff tops.
Swim only where recommended, observe warning signs.
Put your rubbish in the bin or take it away with you.
Collect firewood before arriving at your picnic or campsite.
Collect fallen timber only.
Generators are not permitted in this Park.
The rules listed above pertain to this particular camp site. For more detailed information direct from the National Parks web site, please click on the relevant links below.
FEES & PARK PERMITS, TRAVELLING TIPS, PETS IN PARKS, CROCODILES
We are still in the process of obtaining more information about this site.
Data & Photos courtesy of: Parks and Wildlife Commission Northern Territory.