• Length: 11km

  • Duration: 3-4hrs

  • Grade: 3-4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Flynn’s Grave car park

  • End: McDonnell Range Caravan Park

  • Closest Town: Alice Springs

  • Location: Northern Territory

  • Distance from state capital: 1,500km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -23.71059278

  • Longitude: 133.87276805

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Mount Gillen and the Heavitree Range is a 11km, grade 3-4 Circuit hike located in Northern Territory Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 3-4hrs to complete.


This spectacular, un-formalised and un-signposted Mount Gillen and the Heavitree Range hike takes you to the summit of Mount Gillen; the prominent ridge standing sentry over Alice Springs to the west of the main gap.

It’s a steep walk for fit walkers beginning at the Flynn’s Grave car park 7km west of town on Larapinta Drive. Around 50m west of the Flynn Grave memorial locate the walkers gate and head south along the well trodden path toward the obvious Mt Gillen peak. Soon the track takes a sharp right turn and narrows. Follow the eroded track steeply up to saddle and then on until you reach the rock face where you’ll need to do some scrambling to find your way on to the top of the Heavitree Range. From here follow the track east for about 500m to the trig point where you will be rewarded with wonderful 360 degree views of the surrounding ranges, valleys and the western parts of town.

This hike continued over the Heavitree Range onto the valley below then turned east to end just beyond the Todd River and Heavitree Gap.

Alternative and shorter hike is to return from the summit to Flynn’s Grave car park via the same route.


  • Carry water, particularly in summer.
  • Poles will be useful on bot the ascent and descent as they trail is loose and rocky in parts.
  • Take care on the scramble to gain the summit.


Total distance: 11059 m
Max elevation: 914 m
Min elevation: 565 m
Total climbing: 333 m
Total descent: -377 m
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