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Standley Chasm – Angkerle Atwatye

Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is regarded as a must-see spectacular geological and significant cultural icon of Central Australia.

Surrounded by the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, it’s located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust.

A unique Aboriginal owned and operated enterprise, Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation is owned by the local community members who are direct descendants of the Arrernte Aboriginal people, that have lived in this area for tens of thousands of years.

Walking access to the dramatic 80m sheer rockface of the chasm is along a well maintained trail (1.2km/15 minutes each way), following the natural creek bed with seating and interpretative signage.

Angkerle Atwatye “the Gap of Water” is a striking geological formation that has significant botanical, bird-watching & wildlife photography appeal. It’s an important cultural site for Arrernte women, and now provides a backdrop for authentic cross-cultural presentations, bush tucker tours, art workshops and language classes.

• Kiosk café: barista coffees, home baked scones, hot lunches, ice creams. Free picnic tables/BBQ/toilets
• Group catering by arrangement, with coach parking facilities
• Souvenir shop with hand-painted Aboriginal crafts made on site including boomerangs at workshop prices
• Various campsites for walkers/groups/RV power.

Sunrise over Katherine Gorge


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