Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell National ParkAlice Springs, Northen Territory, Australia
Simpsons Gap Visitor Center
Alice Springs, Northen Territory, 0872 Australia
Phone: (08) 8951 8250
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The following are excerpts from Havewheelchairwilltravel.net:
“Simpsons Gap (also known as Rungutjirpa) is only 18 km from Alice Springs and was the first stop of many along the Larapinta Drive. If you’ve only got a brief time in Alice Springs and want a taste of the West MacDonnell Ranges this is a quick trip from town. It’s easily combined with a visit to the Alice Springs Desert Park as they are close together.
“The Gap is only a short walk from the carpark and although not all of the track is wheelchair accessible, enough of it is, to make it a worthwhile stop.
“The track is hard-packed graded dirt track with a few stray stones here and there but manageable with a wheelchair. BJ’s off-road tyres helped ensure BJ had a smooth ride up until we got to the stairs. Hubby bumped the wheelchair down to get BJ as close as possible to the end of the track. We were determined to get him as far along the track as possible. We made it to the end but it definitely required some four-wheel driving of the chair over the stairs and rocks.
“It should be remembered this is more than a tourist attraction. Simpsons Gap is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Aboriginal people, where several dreaming trails and stories cross.”
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