Simpsons Gap

Alice Springs and Surrounds Natural Attractions

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Simpsons Gap is one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Located just 18 kilometres from Alice Springs the towering cliffs are awe inspiring. It features a permanent waterhole (no swimming allowed) and incredible opportunities to spot resident wildlife on the rocky slopes.


At dawn and dusk there's always a good chance of spotting the endangered Black-Flanked Rock Wallaby. Simpsons Gap offers an important habitat for this surviving colony.

Vegetation typical of the MacDonnell Ranges is found in the area, including large stands of Mulga and over 40 rare and relic plants.

There are many short walk options that offer a variety of ways to explore and appreciate this stunning natural attraction.

Simpsons Gap is also located on the Larapinta Trail, a 223 kilometre walking track through the West MacDonnell Ranges. From Simpsons Gap you can walk Sections 1 or 2.

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.

You can only camp if you're walking the Larapinta Trail or you're with a school group. Secure your campsite online.


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Map & Directions

18 kilometres west of Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870 Australia


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.

Phone 89 518 250


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