The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
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Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell National Park

Simpsons Gap walk path Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.A number of scenic gaps pierce the West MacDonnell Ranges. One of these is Simpsons Gap, site of one of the most prominent waterholes in the region. Simpsons Gap is one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges.




Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit. Located 18 kilometres from Alice Springs, it features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap, a permanent waterhole, and opportunities to spot resident wildlife. Simpsons Gap is one of the gaps in the ranges west and east of Alice Springs. It is open all year round usually from sun-up to sun-down so the opening times differ in relation to the seasons. For example, summer it is open longer, winter, shorter hours. It is home to at least four local frogs.

 



Walking track into Simpsons Gap - Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.The area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Aboriginal people, where several dreaming trails and stories cross.

There are many short walks that pass the native plants of the area including ancient Ghost Gums and to views of the range.

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.

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.

 

 


wallaby 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.

 

 


Simpsons Gap walking track Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.Good examples of many of the vegetation communities of the MacDonnell Ranges are found in the Simpsons Gap area, including large stands of Mulga, and the area around the gap is a major stronghold for some of the rare and relict plants of the region.

 

 

Stair well at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.It is accessible all year round with the cooler months (April to September) being the most pleasant. The Visitor Information Centre is just past the entrance gate and offers a good introduction for first time visitors.

 

Opening times: ¦ Daily
Activities: ¦Barbecue ¦Cycling ¦Animal Viewing ¦Self-Guided
Facilities: ¦BBQ Facilities ¦Bicycle Rack ¦Car park ¦Coach Parking ¦Picnic Area ¦Public Toilet ¦Shaded Area ¦Sheltered Area ¦Walking Tracks

It is open all year round usually from sun-up to sun-down so the opening times differ in relation to the seasons. For example, summer it is open longer, winter, shorter hours.

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.



Thorny Devil at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit. The displays highlights points of interest within the park and provides information on the areas natural and cultural history.

 




Dry creek bed  at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.Key features:
•The towering cliffs of the Simpsons Range
•The permanent waterhole
•Abundant wildlife
•A large variety of walking trails and thousands of frogs after summer rains.

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West MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
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