Simpson's Gap

A little out of Alice in the West MacDonnell Ranges at the head of the Larapinta Trail, nestles the fine aesthetic balance of Simpson’s Gap: tessellated red rock walls, white gums clinging to crevices, cool still water -replete with rare desert fish- and a quiet sandy beach beneath a deep blue sky. It is stunningly beautiful, particularly at the very end of the day when no one else is about and you’re more likely to spot the rock wallabies that live amongst the boulders and scree beneath the escarpment. Keep a close eye; they know how to keep still, but they’re there, watching over a spectacular place so much more than an eroded fault line through the ranges.

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