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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  • Simpsons Gap is a great spot for a picnic and wildlife viewing near Alice Springs. It's also one of the trail heads for sections 1 and 2 of the Larapinta Trail. These are two of the easier sections in...  more »
  • Simpson Gap is not too far out of Alice Springs and the drive there is very scenic. We went through the week and there wasn’t anyone else there so got to enjoy the serenity. Not a lot of water there b...  more »
  • A short trip out of Alice Springs and if you are coming back from Redbank Gorge ideal to take a breather and take in the atmosphere. There is a waterhole and the colour of the rocks can be spectacular...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenery tranquil place to visit
  • 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.
  • Stunning gorge just outside Alice Springs. Has wonderful colours in the rocks and a deep pool which holds water year round.
  • 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.
  • 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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