Simpsons Gap

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.[2]

Simpsons Gap
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Simpsons Gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges
LocationBurt Plain, Northern Territory[1]
RangeMacDonnell Ranges
Coordinates23°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[1]
Simpsons Gap is located in Northern Territory
Simpsons Gap
Location in the Northern Territory

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


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".[3] It was later visited by surveyor Gilbert Rotherdale McMinn in 1871 while he was searching for a better route for the Overland Telegraph Line.[4]


Section 1 of the Larapinta Trail begins at Alice Springs Telegraph Station and ends at the waterhole at Rungutjirpa.[5]



  1. ^ a b "Place Names Register Extract for "Simpsons Gap"". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ "About Simpsons Gap Alice Springs |Where is Simpsons Gap from Alice Springs". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Simpsons Gap". Tourism Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ "The Overland Telegraph". South Australian Register. 20 April 1871. p. 5. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Larapinta Trail walking itineraries and area information". Retrieved 2 August 2016.