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N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park
Hale, Northern Territory
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
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N'Dhala Gorge
Nearest town or city Alice Springs
Established 21 December 1962 (1962-12-21)
Area 5.01 km2 (1.9 sq mi)
Managing authorities Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Traditional Owners
Website N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park
See also Protected areas of the Northern Territory

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia consisting of an area of low sand dunes, rocky outcrops, about 90 kilometres (56 mi) east of Alice Springs. It is significant principally because of thousands of Indigenous rock carvings.

Description

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park is located in the eastern MacDonnell Ranges. It contains approximately 6,000 stone carvings, or petroglyphs, as well as a wide variety of rare Australian plant life.

The gorge was used by the Eastern Arrernte people, who called the area Ilwentje. It contains men's sacred sites, petroglyphs, shelter or occupation sites and art sites. The 6,000 stone carvings are believed to have been created in two separate periods, the first approximately ten thousand years ago, and the second approximately three thousand years ago. They could be created by using two different techniques: either by pounding a rocky surface with another rock, or by a fine pecking technique.

Significant plant life in the area includes the undoolya wattle and the peach-leafed poison bush.

Gallery of rock carvings

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