Simpsons Gap

Take one of the many walks and enjoy the magnificent views and rare plants

Simpsons Gap is a 20 minute drive from Alice Springs in Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park.

At dawn or dusk you may spot a black-footed rock wallaby along the walking track or near the permanent waterhole.

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

Several dreaming trails and stories cross at this important spiritual site.

There are many short walks that pass the native plants of the area, including ancient ghost gums and to magnificent views of the range.

Get the Simpsons Gap fact sheet and map PDF (1.1 MB).

Check if the park is open

Simpsons Gap

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Simpsons Gap Open   -
Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path Open   -


Swimming is not permitted in this area.


There are two short walks and one longer walk at Simpsons Gap.

There is also easy access to the Larapinta Trail.

Larapinta Trail

This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections. Each section takes 1 or 2 days to complete.

Simpsons Gap forms part of sections 1 and 2.

Camping is allowed at the Simpsons Gap camping area for Larapinta Trail walkers only.


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

Contact the Alice Springs parks office for school group bookings by calling 08 8951 8250.

Read the Simpson Gap excursion guide PDF (6.3 MB).


A sealed bicycle path to Simpsons Gap begins opposite Flynn's Grave, 7km from Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive.

It's a 17km one way track to Simpsons Gap and is suitable for children who are confident bike riders.

Take your helmet, plenty of water, snacks and be sun smart.

The turn off to Simpsons Gap is 18 km west of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive
08 8955 0310
  • Water
  • Public toilets
  • Gas BBQ
  • Picnic

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Last updated: 24 February 2022

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