Simpson's Gap and Standley Chasm

West MacDonnell Ranges Travel Blog

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On our way out of Alice we took a detour out west to the MacDonnell ranges. We first stopped at Simpson's Gap and had a walk up the hill and back for views across the desert. The orange rocky hills all around and sparse area was eerie but beatiful all the same and we had the place to ourselves. The flies were an absolute nightmare though. They seemed to be attracted to our fly spray. We then dorve further and had a walk through a valley with a river bed that actually had water in it. The walk took us to a narrow gap in the high walls, that is called Simpson's Gap. A beautiful spot. We enjoyed the views before heading back to the van and driving further west.

Our next stop was Standley Chasm, named after a woman who looked after orphaned aboriginal kids in this area. The 15 minute walk took us through a narrow valley of high red rock walls, trees and huge boulders. The Chasm was at the end of the rocky path, a narrow gap that wound through very high sheer rock walls. We sat and marvelled at the splendour of the place and enjoyed the peace of having it to ourselves for a while.

Heading back to Alice to top up with fuel, this now began the long, long drive north along the Stuart Highway which would eventually take us back to Darwin.

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Heading towards Simpsons Gap
Heading towards Simpson's Gap
Simpsons Gap
Simpson's Gap
The walk to Standley Chasm
The walk to Standley Chasm
Standley Chasm
Standley Chasm
West MacDonnell Ranges
photo by: mr_brenden