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Rungutjirpa is the Arrernte Aboriginal name for Simpsons Gap and is the mythological home of a group of giant goanna ancestors.

It is also home to a number of fauna, from tiny insects to wallabies and kangaroos. Some of the more well known creatures that call this part of the West MacDonnell Ranges include:

Black-footed Rock Wallabies

Simpsons Gap is home to a group of resident Black-footed Rock Wallabies. This spot is popular with visitors hopping to catch a glimpse of the these wallabies, especially at dawn and dust, although visitors have also been lucky to see a number of wallabies in the mid morning period during the cooler winter-spring season.

Our Fauna section has more information on the Black-footed Rock Wallabies.


Centipede


Centralian Tree Frog

Simpsons Gap is also a unique gorge that is home to a number of species of arid land frogs. During the right conditions, as seen during the first couple of months in 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 delightful green Centralian Tree Frog.

Our Fauna section has more information on the delightful green Centralian Tree Frog.


Desert Tree Frog

Our Fauna section has more information on the Desert Tree Frog.


Spencer’s Burrowing Frog

Our Fauna section has more information on the Spencer’s Burrowing Frog.


Main’s Frog

Our Fauna section has more information on the Main’s Frog (also known as the Sheep Frog).


Stimson’s Python

Our Fauna section has more information on the Stimson’s Python.


Water Scorpion


Wedge-tailed Eagle

Our Fauna section has more information on the Wedge-tailed Eagle.


More information coming…