Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park

Heat warning

Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March.

It can exceed 40 degrees celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.

Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.

Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps should be your first stop on a journey to the East MacDonnell Ranges.

This area will introduce you to the landscapes you're yet to see and show you the significance of the land to the Central Arrernte people.

The ranges are part of the caterpillar dreaming story, which tells the tale of how Alice Springs was formed. You can see rock art of this dreaming at Emily Gap.

You should respect the site and not touch or photograph the Aboriginal art.

Get the Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park fact sheet and map PDF (880.7 KB).

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Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesAccessComments Forecast opening
Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park Open   -

All year round.

The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

The park is located 10km east of Alice Springs on the Ross Highway.

You can see and do all of the following activities in the park:

  • walking
  • wildlife spotting
  • Aboriginal rock art.

Camping is not permitted.

Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • fire pits – at Jessie Gap only
  • public toilets
  • picnic area
  • short walks.

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • all historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • traditional owners ask that you do not climb the rocks in and around the Gaps and do not take photos of rock art
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the park
  • fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • bins are not provided so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are not permitted in the park.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to the park by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.

Phone: 08 8952 1013 or 08 8951 8250

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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