Picture this…a 350 million year old riverbed that snakes its way through deep valleys showcasing gorges of red rock and stunning flora and fauna. You’re camped on the banks of the Finke River as Osprey scour the surrounding wetlands for prey. As the sun sets the landscape comes to life shrouding the area in deep oranges and brilliant reds. That is the magic of Boggy Hole in the Finke Gorge National Park, where nature comes alive in its most breathtaking form. Join us as we explore this incredible destination and all it has to offer.
We had spent the last 5 days exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon and Palm Valley, as avid campers we had heard of Boggy Hole and were keen to seek out something a little different and more remote. A short drive from our Palm Valley campsite we were met with a gravel road that led us to the sandy entry of the Finke River Track.
What is Boggy Hole?
Boggy Hole is a secluded waterhole located in the heart of Finke Gorge National Park in the Red Centre of Australia. The park covers an area of over 46,000 hectares and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many endemic species.
Boggy Hole itself is a small, but deep waterhole that is fed by a natural spring. The water in the hole is crystal clear and is surrounded by high red cliffs, which create a picturesque and tranquil setting. Due to the natural spring that feeds it, Boggy Hole has water year-round, making it a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, and camping.
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Boggy Hole Access
The track to Boggy Hole starts at the park’s main entrance and is approximately 20km long. The track takes you through rocky gorges and red sand dunes, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Along the way, there are several creek crossings and steep climbs that require careful driving.
Once you reach Boggy Hole, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing waterhole surrounded by high red cliffs. The waterhole is fed by a natural spring that flows year-round, creating a haven for wildlife and vegetation in an otherwise harsh environment.
The 4WD Adventure Began
At the track entry we aired down our tyres due to the soft sands and rocky river beds that we would soon encounter. The entry track itself to Boggy Hole had been described as rough and challenging, however with a high clearance 4WD, a good set of tyres, an air compressor and recovery gear, we felt that Boggy Hole was quite accessible.
Sections of soft sand and long winding dry riverbed make up the majority of the track conditions, it’s a stunning drive as you wind your way through ghost gums and across pockets of water.
Paradise FoundAfter we had meandered the tracks for approximately 60 minutes we arrived at a flat area next to the river…Boggy Hole. We set up our camp for the night, lit the fire, and kicked back with a coldie while we watched a resident osprey fly up and down the river. Later the stars put on a show – if you’re into star gazing or astrophotography then this place is for you.
Are your bags packed? Get excited because you know it’s going to be a good one! We would love your feedback on this page – please comment below if you’ve been to Finke Gorge National Park or visited Boggy Hole?
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*Cover image is by @the.little.adventurer_ on IG.