Trephina Gorge and John Hayes Rockhole

Chunky rockface at the top of Trephina gorge
(Click on the image above to see images of our visit to Trephina Gorge and the John Hayes Rockholes)

A visit to Trephina Gorge was on the agenda this morning and with an hour walk ahead of us we wanted to get going before the sun got too warm. It is only about 15km from Ross River.

We had already been told of the great walk around Trephina Gorge and it certainly didn’t disappoint. From the floor of the gorge on entering you climb a remarkably built stone path to the top of the gorge. This presents several magnificent photo opportunities along the way. An early morning venture is always best before the sun gets too high and makes the light strong. It is also best for the great colours that present themselves in the array of rocks which make up the gorge.


From the top the path wends its way downwards to the floor of the gorge where you walk along the sandy river bed. The towering sides of the gorge rise to either side of you as you wander back to the car park. There is even some rock art to view as you approach the end of the walk.

There are a number of walks you can do around the gorge area. They vary in intensity, length and levels of experience in bushwalking.

Our next destination was the John Hayes Rockholes. The turnoff is on the way into the Trephina Gorge parking area but we visited on the way out. Just before this though we checked out the giant Ghost Gum on the sandy banks of the dry creek. These gums are truly beautiful with their pure white trunks and branches.

Although the sign at the beginning at the beginning of the track to the John Hayes Rockholes says “high clearance vehicles”, it really does require 4WD. It can be quite rough along the track and there are several very rough stony creek crossings involved. The distance to the rock holes is only 4 kilometres but it is a slow trip. You also need to be on the lookout for vehicles coming in the opposite direction. There are very few places to pass and more often than not, one of you will be backing up to a clear area on the side of the road to allow the other to pass.

The drive was certainly worth it though. There is a camping spot, but only suitable for a tent or swag. The rock hole had quite a bit of water in it and it never ceases to amaze how the water continues to lie in some of these inaccessible places despite no rain for months.

You can follow this link for a downloadable PDF guide to the Trephina Gorge and John Hayes Rockholes.

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