Native Gap Conservation Reserve

Native Gap is a small roadside reserve along the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

It is a registered sacred site of great importance to the Arrernte and Anmatyerr Aboriginal people and is at the intersection of several creation-time stories.

It also has historical significance.

The Overland Telegraph Line was constructed through the site in the late 19th century and opened communications from Adelaide to Darwin.

Get the Native Gap fact sheet and map PDF (822.6 KB).


Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Native Gap Conservation Reserve Open   -

All year round. The best time of year to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

The reserve is on the western side of the Stuart Highway 120km north of Alice Springs.

Access is by an unsealed service track to a nearby telecommunications tower on the Hann Range. Check road conditions before you go.

The track within the reserve forms a loop around the picnic area.

You can do all of the following activities at Native Gap:

  • short walks
  • picnicking
  • photography.

Native Gap Conservation Reserve has public toilets and a picnic area.

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve
  • fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are not permitted in the reserve
  • drones are not permitted.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Native Gap 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.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Ranger Station phone: 08 8952 1013

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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