Four wheel drivers will enjoy this great trek along the river bed of the Finke River. It's an enjoyable drive along the Finke Gorge with plenty of opportunities to stop, take photos, and enjoy the solitude.
The track is NOT MARKED (other than crude signs pointing to Kings Canyon
) nor well defined and conditions vary from rocky sections of the creek bed to soft and sandy stretches but the main feature is the permanent waterhole called Boggy Hole
. Many people experience navigational problems trying to stay on the main track, so check our preparation warnings.
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Boggy Hole From:
Ernest Giles Rd & Tempe Downs Access
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Things to See & Do
Beautiful driving along the Finke Riverbed, Boggy Hole
camps, bush camping
Camping is free and possible anywhere along the track, however the main campsite is at the Boggy Hole
billabong itself. If choosing to camp at Boggy Hole
, the best camping is on the high side, before making the notorious crossing of the creek, although there are maybe 2 other average spots along the water's edge on the low side too.
Conditions are always changing in this area and the track can be closed for very long periods of time, particularly at the beginning of the season after a heavy wet. However, this is all typical and this trek note is advising you to prepared! Keep your eye on our for the latest information.
Trailers: National Parks and Wildlife frown upon the use of trailers on this track but we have never heard of anyone being fined. People certainly do continue to tow trailers to this site, but most agree that it is a challenging task to do so. We make no advise either way - please make your own decisions about taking a trailer based on your own research.
Travellers should be prepared for soft driving conditions on the sandy river bed and tracks and carry an air compressor. Due to the maze
of tracks that are unmarked, except for some very crude and difficult to see markers, it is advisable to download the GPS plot file for this trek and load it into your GPS.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
||Diesel||4cyl 16 litres
||ULP||4cyl 19 litres
||LPG||4cyl 23 litres|
|6cyl 18 litres||6cyl 21 litres||6cyl 20 litres|
|8cyl 18 litres||8cyl 19 litres|
None on route
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services and supplies: Hermannsburg
Camp Sites & Accommodation
Hermannsburg - NT
Sun drenched community is sensibly solar powered by 8 impressive dishes.
Boggy Hole - NT
About 35km south of Hermannsburg and 3 hours return with lots of photo stops and a cuppa. The Finke riverbed varies from hard packed gravel with an obvious track to shorter sections of loose gravel
The Finke River only rarely runs, although it forms in the MacDonnell Ranges near Palm Valley
and runs for hundreds of kilometres until it disappears into Lake Eyre
Starting near Hermansberg, a track leads south towards the Finke River bed, which when dry can be traversed right along its length to the Boggy Hole
billabong by 4WD. Towering red cliffs line the banks of the river bed and the dry river bed is sandy and filled with river stones. The track criss-crosses the river a number of times in places
so the track is impassable when river levels rise.
The Boggy Hole
billabong can be up to 2.5km long after a flood but can dry to just 300m during very dry spells. If the water is plentiful its a great place for swimming and bird watching. Good shady camping is limited at the Boggy Hole
site due to a massive flood in 1998 that took down many of the larger trees.
The Finke River, on which lies the Boggy Hole
billabong, was named by John McDouall Stuart after the Adelaide
financier William Finke.
In 1877, the Hermannsburg
Lutheran Mission was established as the first of its kind in Central Australia
. The early years were hard, with much sickness and trouble ensuring between aboriginies, local station owners and police. Within the vicinity of the Misson, 2 police camps were setup to control the 'hostile' activities of local Aborigines. On the eastern bank of Boggy Hole
, you'll notice the stone remains of the first camp that was established by M. C. Willshire in 1889 and a small signboard with further information. The camp was actually abandoned when he was arrested for the murder of two Aborigines in 1891. In 1894 a replacement police camp was set up at Illamurta Springs, west of the Finke River. This camp was also abandoned when the police were sent to Arltunga in 1912. The Mission continued until 1982.
In 1902, Albert Namatjira was born at Ntaria (Hermannsburg
) on the Finke River Mission Station and became one of Australia
's great artist and perhaps the best known Aboriginal painter.