Bushwalking: Woodland Trail to Rocky Gap (Simpsons Gap), Northern Territory

Simpson’s Gap is described in the West MacDonnell National Park fact sheet as “one of the most prominent gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. At dawn and dusk it is renowned as a place to see Black-footed Rock wallabies…”

A short walk leads from the carpark to the Gap and is well worth exploring. After visiting the Gap I’d recommended doing one of the other walks in the area – I decided to do the Woodland Trail to Rocky Gap.

This is an excellent and reasonably easy walk of around 10km. I was there just after the end of the wet season so the area was very green and lush. The walk itself follows a reasonably distinct track to Rocky Gap through some Mulga Woodland, with good views of the West MacDonnell ranges. If you are feeling energetic you could continue on to Bond Gap – this extends the walk to 17km return.

I only saw one other person while doing the walk – what struck me (apart from how green it was) was how quiet and peaceful it was, it also felt quite remote.

Distance/Time: 10kms / took me around 3hrs (incl. breaks)
Grade: Easy half-day walk
My rating: A

Access: From Alice Springs head west along Larapinta Drive, the turn-off to Simpsons Gap is about 16km further on. The Woodland trail is about 3km from the turn-off and there is a small parking area and information board at the start of the walk (and Simpsons Gap carpark is another 3km or so).

See this fact sheet for more information, and thisĀ budget rent-a-car map for an overview of the area and attractions around Alice Springs.

Link to full photo gallery.


  1. Walkweb » Blog Archive » Bushwalking: Simpsons Gap to Bond Gap, Northern Territory:

    […] photos. The walk then returns via the same path. You could take the path to Rocky Gap and then the Woodland trail back to Simpsons Gap, although this would require a 3.5km road bash to get from the Woodland trail […]

  2. Walkweb » Blog Archive » Walks in and around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory:

    […] some suggested day walks in previous posts: 1. Simpsons Gap to Bond Gap (along the Larapinta Trail) 2. Woodland Trail to Rocky Gap 3. Ormiston Pound walk 4. Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder (the final stage of the Larapinta […]

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