Simpsons Gap, Alice Springs

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Simpsons Gap is one of the gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges in Australia's Northern Territory. It is located 18 kilometres west from Alice Springs, on the Larapinta Trail.The gap is home to various plants and wildlife, including the black-footed rock-wallaby. It is the site of a permanent waterhole.HistoryThe area is an important spiritual place for the Arrernte people, who have inhabited the Arrernte area since before European discovery. Simpsons Gap is known to the Arrernte as "Rungutjirpa". It was later visited by surveyor Gilbert Rotherdale McMinn in 1871 to provide a better route for the Overland Telegraph Line.TourismSection 1 of the Larapinta Trail begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station and ends here.
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  • October 9, 2017
    Just got of the Ghan (train) on bus and to the Simpsons Gap walked around for few hours . Quiet warm and had my walking shoes and lots water. So peaceful out her and we even were privileged to see 3 r...  more »
  • October 7, 2017
    If man has not much time, but wants to spend waiting in the plane well, worth a ride to Simpsons Gap: just under 20 km = 30 min on the road to Hermannsburg (the drive itself is worth it) you can quite close at the water point approaching , then 10 min walk. Nice view through the gorge on the small lake). Simply beautiful.
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  • September 5, 2017
    Lovely views and more likely than not to see rock wallabies if you get there early (like before 10). Just keep looking at the rocks to your right for movement when you walk in  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Beautiful scenery tranquil place to visit
  • December 2, 2016
    Stunning gorge just outside Alice Springs. Has wonderful colours in the rocks and a deep pool which holds water year round.
  • August 14, 2016
    I can't find the word to describe this beautiful place. I went to Uluru and I know it's very silly to compare but this place is the best in my trip. Quiet, but I can hear the echo of birds, sound of water and wind.
  • May 11, 2016
    This is truly an amazing sight. less than 10 min walk from the car park and it looks very nice. there is a path way to get to the start of the Gap.
  • July 14, 2016
    Best to be visited by bike or foot before sunset. Beautiful spot with many details to find.

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Where to stay in Alice Springs

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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