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. Using our custom trip planner, Alice Springs attractions like Mount Gillen can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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 »
  • Beautiful sunrise, be careful because when it's dark there can be snakes or rocks coming out of no where. Easy for experienced walkers and fit people. If normal people it would take serveral breaks  more »
  • Off the beaten track and not officially a climb, more a track worn by locals, this is an awesome treck with beautiful views. You need a decent level of fitness and need to be able to climb up rocks to...  more »

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Due to its remote location in arid Central Australia, Alice Springs often surprises visitors with its diverse selection of comfortable and affordable lodgings. The city's hostels serve as the most economical option, with many providing free pickup from the airport. For just a bit more, you can stay at one of the area's motels, providing rooms with views of the McDonnell Ranges, free Wi-Fi, secure off-road parking, and access to private barbecue facilities. Otherwise, check into one of Alice Springs' hotels for a country-club vibe and even more amenities.
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