Ochre Pits Rest Area

Waypoint: -23.73604 , 132.86360 GPS: -23.73518 , 132.86687
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Day Rest AreaToiletsAccessibleShadePicnic TablesFire PlaceNo Pets
  • Day Use Area
  • National Park
Namatjira Drive
Ntaria NT
Tel: (08) 8956 7799
  • Sacred Aboriginal ste

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111 west of Alice Springs, 21km east of Glen Helen on the northern side of Nakatjira Drive. 400m north-east from waypoint to rest area.

The Ochre Pits is a day rest area with accessible toilets and picnic tables.

The Ochre Pits is a very important sacred site for local Aboriginal People. Serious penalties apply for disturbing the ochre and the site.
Ochre has always been an important part of Aboriginal culture and a vital part of everyday life. For medicinal purposes red ochre is mixed with grease and applied as an ointment and used for relieve breathing congestion, when mixed with eucalyptus leaves.

White ochre was used as a magical charm, when mixed with water and blown from the mouth it is believed to abate the heat of the sun or the force of the wind.

Weapons were painted with ochre to increase the success of hunting. It also protected the wooden weapons from termites.
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