As you travel through the West MacDonnell Ranges, west along Namatjira Drive, there is a great lookout and free campsite. (Please if you do stay overnight, take your rubbish away with you.)
This is a great stop on-route passing Ellery Creek Big Hole and before the Ochre Pits turnoff. The Lookout has spectacular views over Burt Plain. The region is characterised by plains and low rocky ranges. The vegetation being predominantly mulga and other acacia woodlands, short grasses and forbs, and spinifex grasslands. The native wild orange has been seen growing up there on the Lookout.
Continuing on your way from the Neil Hargrave Lookout takes you to other amazing locations including Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge.
This lookout commemorates the valuable contributions made to the Northern Territory by Nathaniel Charles (Neil) Hargrave. OBE, BA, LLB.
Mr Hargrave was born in Adelaide in 1915 and qualified as a lawyer before serviing in the RAAF during World War Two. He moved to Alice Springs in 1949.
He was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Council in May 1954 where he made major contributions to the Northern Territory’s constitutional status and eventual self government. He also advocated government action for conservation of natural and historic places, leading to legislation which resulted in the formation of the Reserves Board (now the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission).
In June 1956 Mr. Hargrave was appointed the first Chairman of the Reserves Board and served in this capacity until he left the Territory in 1963. He personally identified many areas worthy of conservation, including such sites as the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and areas here in the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Source: Signage at The Neil Hargrave Lookout
The wild orange or native orange (Capparis mitchellii) is a bush tucker food. Known as merne atwakeye in the Arrernte language.