Ochre Pits

Ochre Pits, Alice Springs: Address, Ochre Pits Reviews: 4/5

About
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Best nearby
We rank these restaurants and attractions by balancing reviews from our members with how close they are to this location.
Attractions
1 within 5 kms
Popular mentions

4.0
152 reviews
Excellent
62
Very good
68
Average
19
Poor
3
Terrible
0

JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,020 contributions
A very important site - though doesn't really feel like it
Jun. 2021
The Ochre Pits is a registered sacred site for local indigenous people, who have mined, traded and used for ceremonial and medical purposes the ochres found in the cliffs here for thousands of years. While it is clearly a very significant site, I did not find it terribly interesting. The multiple strata of coloured ochres are visible in the cliff face, but the colours are somewhat muted and not spectacularly varied. As far as I was concerned, they don't really give you an appreciation of the place's significance. However, that said, the site is very close to the highway and is worth a quick look if you are driving past.
Written 5 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

TravellingQldlanders
Morayfield, Australia898 contributions
Worth the drive in
May 2021
Easy drive in and an easy walk. Some excellent views of the ochre in the river bed, good walkways and just a few steps. Some great birds along the way.
Written 18 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rosie B
6 contributions
Ancient Culture
Apr. 2021
The colours, the shades, the history embedded in each of the sedimentation's formations, was simply astounding to witness. This, along the with stillness of the Country, and coupled with the sweet sounds of the Budgerigars' singing and the trilling sounds of their wings as they fly in flocks from tree to tree, makes this a spectacularly beautiful place to visit.
Written 27 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrea G
7 contributions
Magical
Mar. 2021
Amazing to be able to go to place of such significance to the local women, the colours are spectacular.
Written 5 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,342 contributions
Colourful and Informative
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Just a short drive from Glen Helen is this most beautiful place with loads of colour and striking scenery. You can walk in the river and be up close the the colourful cliffs. There are toilets, long drop style and it is very easy walking. A must visit if you are travelling the Western Macs.
Written 19 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Travelbug291
Bribie Island, Australia918 contributions
Ongoing Source Of Revenue
Mar. 2020
The sedimentary layers of clay laid down millions of years ago, and risen to the surface have provided oche in many colours for the indigenous people of the north for use in body painting for their ceremonial dances. This has also been a great source of revenue in trading the many coloured ocha's to other tribes, in exchange for other goods needed. The area is greatly respected
Written 25 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cedric Å
Stockholm, Sweden98 contributions
Interesting spot, but need some background knowledge
Dec. 2019
Went here on part of a one day MacDonnel Ranges tour. We had a quick stop here. The tour guide helped understand the significance of the place. It's a special spot, but not the highlight of the ranges for me.
Written 16 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

T-Scoop
Ottawa, Canada27 contributions
Magical
Nov. 2019
Our group of four went with our driver/guide and we were completely taken by the multi-colours and sparkle of the rock faces, each with brilliant colour due to its mineral contents and the sun shinning on the surfaces. It was magical and we can imagine the inspiration for the paintings by the aboriginal people.
Written 4 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pamikki
Brisbane, Australia189 contributions
colour
Oct. 2019
a great open display of the ochre colours and a great commentary from the guide on the history of the pits.
Written 11 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Peter_Clare_50
Perth, Australia429 contributions
Worth a quick visit
Aug. 2019
Whilst in the area it is a worth a stop to see the varied colours in the ochre pits.
We enjoyed a small walk and it was a nice break from being in the car.
Written 20 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 137
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing