Mount Gillen, Alice Springs

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A significant site for Aboriginal Australians, Mount Gillen rewards adventurous climbers with 360-degree views of the Alice Springs Desert Park. The mountain provides the city with a prominent backdrop, easily seen and photographed from many different vantage points. Make a short stop at the foot of the mountain, where you can visit John Flynn’s Grave, a memorial to a local minister whose tireless work eventually resulted in the establishment of the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service. From there you can follow several unmarked trails to the summit, where a ridge provides a convenient lookout spot. Bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes suitable for uneven terrain. Make Mount Gillen a centerpiece of your Alice Springs vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Alice Springs attractions planner.
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  • September 6, 2017
    The best time to do this walk is about an hour before daybreak or an hour before sunset. Make sure to take a torch, about 500 ml of water and trail shoes with good grip. It is ok to walk it during the...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    I try to walk up Mt Gillen every week end the walk is not for the faint hearted it is quite a strenuous steep walk, having said that you can do if you allow plenty of time and take it easy, on reachin...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    The track up to mount Gillen has lots of loose rocks and there is an element of rock climbing involved. Definitely not for those that are not fit but for those that want to get the blood pumping its a...  more »
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  • February 28, 2017
    Beautiful challenging hike that starts from Flynn Memorial and goes up to the top of Mount Gillen. Amazing for sunset or sunrise
  • August 27, 2017
    Beautiful hike, with a great reward!

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