The Birthday Waterhole Trailhead (Section4/5 Junction) is the official start point for Section 5 and is located in a scenic area with great campsite options, namely, a new trailhead shelter and surrounding tent pad campsites. The actual waterhole is another 900m further south and is also the location of the 4WD campsite and vehicle access point.
Approx 70.4 km west of Alice Springs
Located near Birthday Waterhole, 14.4km from Namatjira Drive
4WD campsite area ( southern side). Can be busy during peak season.
Open campsite pads at trailhead area
Getting to Birthday Waterhole Trailhead
Alice Springs to Hugh Gorge Access Track Turn Off is approx 56 km west of Alice Springs via Larapinta and Namatjira Dve. Birthday Waterhole is located 14.4km from the T/O along a high clearance 4WD only track. See video of this drive.