Emily And Jessie Gaps Nature Park - NT

  National Parks,Reserves


DEG: -23.737736 133.946915
DMS: 23º 44' 15.85" S 133º 56' 48.89" E
UTM: 53 K 7374412mN 392670mE
Altitude: 643.14m


Place Type

Reserves - National Parks,Reserves


3.83kms North of Amoonguna - Driving 4.0 km (6 mins)
7.84kms SouthEast of Alice Springs - Driving 15.2 km (18 mins)
265.25kms SouthWest of Ampilatwatja - Driving 338 km (8 hours 9 mins)
504.35kms SouthWest of Alpurrurulam - Driving 650 km (18 hours 15 mins)

Address & Contact

Hale NT 0872
Phone: 08-89518211
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


Located 10 km east of Alice Springs, the Park is an easy 15 minute drive along the sealed Ross Highway. These small Gaps in the Heavitree Range are the first features you see on your arrival in the East MacDonnell Ranges. They contain Aboriginal paintings significant to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people. Many places in the landscape form a ‘dreaming trail’. Emily and Jessie Gaps are associated with the caterpillar trail with Emily Gap the most significant. Emily Gap is a registered sacred site. A large rock painting depicts the caterpillar dreaming. Please do not touch any Aboriginal art.

The first European sighting of Emily and Jessie Gap was believed to be in 1871. It was thought that ‘Emily’ and ‘Jessie’ were the daughters of Sir Charles Todd, but this was found to be untrue. The basis on which the names are derived is unknown.

The Park is accessible all year round. The cooler months (April to September - dry season) are the most pleasant times to visit. Recreational activities such as picnicking and nature observation, with short walking tracks leading into both Emily and Jessie Gap. There are picnic tables and fire-pits at Jessie Gap. Camping is not permitted in the Park. Camping is available in Alice Springs, and both Trephina and N’Dhala Gorges.
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Closest Weather Station

Alice Springs Airport at 19/02:00pm CST
Distance from Emily And Jessie Gaps Nature Park 8.68km SW
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Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Emily And Jessie Gaps Nature Park 8.68km SW
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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