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Ilparpa Claypans / Ilparpa Valley - Cities, Towns and Localities
Just south of the West MacDonnell Ranges, approximately 15 km south east of town is one of the lesser known Alice Springs attractions, the Ilparpa Claypans. Located at the western end of the Ilparpa Valley, the twelve interconnected ephemeral claypans form part of the Roe Creek catchment.

This very scenic locale is home to a fragile ecosystem and provides a sanctuary for local wildlife. The claypans are listed as a ‘Site of National Botanical Significance’ due to the presence of significant ephemeral plants and a wide diversity of plant species and communities. It is also registered as an Aboriginal Sacred Site, that is an important cultural place, especially for Arrernte Custodians.
 

During times of rain and flood, the area becomes a wonderland as the claypans fill with water. The water takes on a soft chocolate brown colour, as a result of the red clay and silt.

Set against the backdrop of the ranges, and due to the close proximity to town, this area is popular with the locals, providing a great spot from where to enjoy the natural landscape, a great place to take photos, walking your dogs, and even horse riding. Due to its fragile nature visitors are asked to treat the area with care and respect, ensuring that they also take all rubbish with them when they leave.

More images in our 'Snapshot from Australia - Ilparpa Claypans'.

Ilparpa Claypans Images

Scenic Images from the Claypans
Water in the claypans south of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Beautiful scenic view of the claypans and the MacDonnell Ranges. Surfing the surface of the claypans.
Race across the claypans. Water in the claypans south of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Water in the claypans south of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Waiting for sunrise at the claypans. Sunrise at the claypans. Early morning at the claypans.
Great view across the claypans, even for the local pet dog. Reflection in the Ilparpa Claypans. Early morning reflections at the Ilparpa Claypans.
Morning at the Ilparpa Claypans. West MacDonnell Ranges reflected in the claypans.
Horse riding in the Ilparpa Claypans. Catamaran on the Ilparpa Claypans for the Occasional Ilparpa Regatta.  
See the Snapshots from Australia section for more images of Ilparpa Claypans...
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Flora & Fauna
Listed as a ‘Site of National Botanical Significance’ due to the presence of significant ephemeral plants and a wide diversity of plant species and communities, the claypans is also home to a variety of wildlife from tiny water creatures, that appear as if from nowhere during periods of significant rain to the larger red kangaroos.
Flora from the Claypans
Tiny Purslane (Calandrinia pumila) at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Tiny Purslane
Schenkia australis - Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs / Central Australia.
Schenkia australis
Longtails (Ptilotus polystachyus) at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Longtail
Red Pussytail (Ptilotus polystachyus) at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Red Pussytail
Golden Everlasting (Xerochrysum bracteatum / Bracteantha bracteata) at the Ilparpa Claypans, NT, Australia.
Golden Everlasting
Pink Everlasting (Schoenia cassiniana) at the Ilparpa Claypans, Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Pink Everlasting
Frogs from the Claypans
Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia. Desert Trilling Frog spawn at the Ilparpa Claypans in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
   
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Shield Shrimp from the Claypans
Shield shrimp (Triops australiensis) in the claypans.    
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