Ormiston Pound

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The western half of Ormiston Pound with Mount Giles in the foreground
Ormiston Gorge Water Hole

Ormiston Pound is a ring of mountains punctuating the MacDonnell Ranges, in the West MacDonnell National Park, approximately 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs[1] in the Northern Territory, Australia. It lies at roughly the half way point in the celebrated Larapinta Trail and offers spectacular views from its circumference of Mount Sonder, Gosses Bluff crater and the surrounding range.

The Pound, a ring of mountains, is dominated by Mount Giles, which forms its eastern boundary. The western boundary is formed by the Ormiston Gorge, a popular tourist destination.

The pound is accessible from a road in the west, which travels between Glen Helen and Alice Springs. There is a popular waterhole at the bottom near the gorge, as well as several lookouts. The entire pound ecompasses 46.55 square kilometres. The famous Finke River passes Ormiston Gorge in the west.


  1. ^ West MacDonnell National Park Fact Sheet, Parks and Wildlife Commission of NT

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Ormiston Pound panorama

Coordinates: 23°38′18″S 132°48′57″E / 23.6382°S 132.8158°E / -23.6382; 132.8158