Simpsons Gap - NT



DEG: -23.67388 133.719559
DMS: 23º 40' 25.97" S 133º 43' 10.41" E
UTM: 53 K 7381293mN 369431mE
Altitude: 674.64m


Place Type

Geography - Pass,Gap


16.94kms West of Alice Springs
100.28kms East of Hermannsburg
228.69kms North of Finke (Aputula)
271.75kms SouthWest of Ampilatwatja

Address & Contact

West Macdonnell National Park
Northern Territory 0872
Phone: +618 8951 8250
Email: N/A


Located just 18 kilometres from Alice Springs, it features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Range, a permanent waterhole and opportunities to spot resident wildlife.

At dawn and dusk you might see Black-footed Rock-wallabies along the walking track into the gap. Vegetation typical of the MacDonnell Ranges is found in the area, including large stands of Mulga and over 40 rare and relict plants.

There are several short walks that pass the native plants including ancient Ghost Gums and/or with views of the range. Simpsons Gap is also located on the Larapinta Trail, a 231 kilometre walking track through the West MacDonnell Ranges. From Simpsons Gap you can walk Sections 1 or 2 of the trail.

Known as Rungutjirpa to the Arrernte Aboriginal people, Simpsons Gap was the mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors. Several dreaming trails and stories cross at this important spiritual site.

The turn off to Simpsons Gap is along the Larapinta Drive. The Gap can also be reached by cycling 17 kilometres one-way along the Simpsons Gap Bike Path. Camping is permitted at Simpsons Gap for Larapinta Trail walkers only. (See Carpark for Simpsons Gap).
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Closest Weather Station

Alice Springs Airport at 13/06:00am CST
Distance from Simpsons Gap 21.87km SE
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Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Simpsons Gap 21.87km SE
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9

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