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Yeperenye Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published July 26th 2015
Surround yourself with natural beauty
Upon arriving in Alice Springs, visitors make their way into the town centre and drive past two distinct gaps that are created by two gigantic rock formations. These gaps of the Heavitree region are the Emily and Jessie Gaps, which are located among the East MacDonnell Ranges of Alice Springs.

Located around 10km out of the Alice Springs city centre, these gaps provide its visitors with a picturesque view of the beautiful rock formations, as they evolve over the years.

The beautiful rocks of Jessie Gap, Alice Springs

Emily Gap has a beautiful piece of Aboriginal art of a caterpillar dreaming. Unfortunately, it has been through some damage and therefore, visitors are advised against meddling with and/or touching them, with the hopes of preserving its beauty. Both these gaps have a significant historical context to them. Having discovered them for the first time in 1871, these gaps represent the spiritual sites to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal art of a caterpillar at Emily Gap

Either of these spots are the perfect location for people in small or big groups to enjoy a picnic amongst the beauty of nature. While camping is not allowed at these spots, they are fantastic places to spend a day (either with friends or by yourself) of enjoyment and relaxation.

Emily Gap, Alice Springs

With the natural beauty preserved for so long, visitors are encouraged to make a trip and witness these fantastic tourist sites, which are open to the public throughout the year. Hikers are in luck because there are some wonderful trails that are encompassed within these Nature Parks and are suitable for beginners and experts alike.

The beautiful views around the Gaps

There is much beauty surrounding this little town of Alice Springs, visiting the Gaps is an absolute necessity, whether you're a local or have traveled from far and wide. It's easy to spend a couple of hours at these Nature Parks, so take your time and revel in the tranquility that gives these Parks their distinct characteristic.

Surrounded by nature all-round at Jessie Gap!
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Why? Because the rock formations in Alice Springs are breathtaking and spectacular!
When: Any time, any day of the year
Phone: 08 8952 1013
Where: Ross Highway
Cost: Free
Your Comment
How onderful. My husband and I had a few days in the Alice last year. It was great but the one thing that was clear was we needed to come back and spend a couple of weeks in the area. Your article adds two more places to my travel plan. Thanks for sharing.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10580) 2848 days ago
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