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Simpsons Gap
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Simpsons Gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges
Location Burt Plain, Northern Territory
Range MacDonnell Ranges
Coordinates 23°40′32″S 133°43′07″E / 23.675655°S 133.718561°E / -23.675655; 133.718561Coordinates: 23°40′32″S 133°43′07″E / 23.675655°S 133.718561°E / -23.675655; 133.718561

Simpsons Gap (Arrernte: Rungutjirpa) is one of the gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges in Australia's Northern Territory. It is located 18 kilometres west from Alice Springs, on the Larapinta Trail.

The gap is home to various plants and wildlife, including the black-footed rock-wallaby. It is the site of a permanent waterhole.

History

The area is an important spiritual place for the Arrernte people, who have inhabited the Arrernte area since before European discovery. Simpsons Gap is known to the Arrernte as "Rungutjirpa". It was later visited by surveyor Gilbert Rotherdale McMinn in 1871 while he was searching for a better route for the Overland Telegraph Line.

Tourism

Rungutjirpa
Waterhole at Rungutjirpa

Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station and ends here.

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