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Mount Gillen in the West MacDonnell Range
Mount Gillen (Alhekulyele) provides a prominent backdrop to Alice Springs, seen from many vantage points, it overlooks the town of Alice Springs and Alice Springs Desert Park.

The region encompassing Alice Springs is home to the Arrernte (pronounced Arunda) People, the traditional owners of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Alhekulyele (Mount Gillen) is one of a number of important sites that also include Anthwerrke (Emily Gap), Akeyulerre (Billy Goat Hill), Ntaripe (Heavitree Gap) and Atnelkentyarliweke (Anzac Hill).

Part of the West MacDonnell Range that starts from Heavitree Gap, for those wanting to climb Mount Gillen, access is available from the John Flynn Historic Reserve, just on the western outskirts of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive.

At the foothills of Mount Gillen is the John Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve. Here, tourist can stop at the memorial to the Reverend John Flynn and remember and learn about his work that was and continues to be very important to the people of this region and Australia.

Whilst Mount Gillen can be seen from many locations around Alice Springs, many tourist can enjoy the view of the range from Anzac Hill and the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Mount Gillen - Snapshots from Australia

Mount Gillen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia © Ausemade Pty Ltd
View west of Alice Springs with Mount Gillen and the suburb of Larapinta
Mount Gillen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Mount Gillen, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia © Ausemade Pty Ltd
View across to Heavitree Gap, along the range to Mount Gillen, from Meyer Hill in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden
View across to Heavitree Gap, along the range to Mount Gillen, from Meyer Hill in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
Ntaripe (Heavitree Gap)
The gap in the range on the left is an extremely important site that is the route taken by several ancestral beings. One of these was Irlperenye the green stinky beetle who came in from the south and fought with the caterpillar ancestors.

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