Simpsons Gap is one of the more well known gaps in the West MacDonnell
Range, being just 26 km west of Alice Springs and can also now be reached by
cycling along the Simpsons Gap Bike Path from Alice Springs.
The Simpsons Gap
region includes large areas of Mulga, as well as a stronghold for over 40 rare
and relict plants. It is also an area that has important spiritual meaning for
the Arrernte Aboriginal people, being where several dreaming trails and stories
cross. The Arrernte Aboriginal name for Simpsons Gap is 'Rungutjirpa', being the
mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors.
There are resident
Black-footed Rock Wallabies, with dawn and dust being the best time to see
them, although visitors have also been lucky to see a number of wallabies in the
mid morning period during the cooler winter-spring season.
Simpsons Gap is also a unique gorge that is home to a number of species of
arid land frogs. Under the right conditions, as seen in the images here,
during the first couple of months of 2010, locals and visitors were thrilled to
witness thousands of frogs ranging from the Desert Tree Frog, Spencer's
Burrowing Frog, Main's Frog (also known as the Sheep Frog) and the Centralian
Green Frog. During such unique wildlife activity, the Parks and Wildlife Service
of the NT put on special walks and night time tours to take in these events.
More information about frogs can be found in our
Fauna Frogs and
Frogs of Simpsons Gap.