7.Picnic at Simpsons Gap
Simpsons Gap, a stunning narrow gorge with towering cliffs, is the work of the hardly moving Roe Creek that has been carving out this prominent waterhole in MacDonnell Ranges for some 60 million years.
Only few kilometres west of Alice Springs, the impressive Simpsons Gap has become a favourite picnic spot for locals and visitors alike.
Before sitting down to a pleasant picnic in the shade of the golden gumtrees, most visitors will try to work up their appetite by exploring the rugged rockfalls and the Gap’s waterhole.
There are several short walks that are undemanding and provide an insight into the history of the gorge. Early risers as well as late comers may be lucky enough to spot the very rare Black-footed Rock-wallabies only known to live in few parts of Australia.
We loved sitting down in the find sand of the almost dried out creek banks and immersing ourselves in the relaxed ambience of the gorge. During winter algae sometimes takes over the slow moving creek and during this time swimming prohibited.