• Length: 3.0km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park

  • End: MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park

  • Location: West MacDonnell Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Alice Springs

  • Distance from CBD: 1,501km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -23.73309178

  • Longitude: 133.8727681

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MacDonnell Ranges Heavitree Gap is a 3.0km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 1hr to complete.

Hike Summary

This spectacular, un-formalised and un-signposted walk takes you to the MacDonnell Ranges at Heavitree Gap; the prominent ridge standing sentry over Alice Springs.

About the region

The Heavitree Gap, or Ntaripe in the Arrernte language, is a water gap in the Northern Territory of Australia in the MacDonnell Ranges. It is the southern entrance to the city of Alice Springs and in addition to the Todd River it carries the main road and rail access to the south.

Nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, ‘The Alice’ (Alice Springs) is famous for its beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, opportunities for adventure and a strong Aboriginal culture. Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide, both 1,500km away. It’s a popular gateway for exploring the Red Centre, the country's interior desert region.

GPX File

Total distance: 3058 m
Max elevation: 723 m
Min elevation: 567 m
Total climbing: 180 m
Total descent: -180 m
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