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A significant site for Aboriginal Australians, Mount Gillen rewards adventurous climbers with 360-degree views of the Alice Springs Desert Park. The mountain provides the city with a prominent backdrop, easily seen and photographed from many different vantage points. Make a short stop at the foot of the mountain, where you can visit John Flynn’s Grave, a memorial to a local minister whose tireless work eventually resulted in the establishment of the famous Royal Flying Doctor Service. From there you can follow several unmarked trails to the summit, where a ridge provides a convenient lookout spot. Bring plenty of drinking water and sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes suitable for uneven terrain. Make Mount Gillen a centerpiece of your Alice Springs vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Alice Springs attractions planner.
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Mount Gillen reviews
We finally climbed to the top, the trail itself is pretty well established, as we were told, where it forks, the right is a bit gentler than the left, but much like Rome, all roads lead to the top...
We finally climbed to the top, the trail itself is pretty well established, as we were told, where it forks, the right is a bit gentler than the left, but much like Rome, all roads lead to the top... more »
This is not for the average walker, or should I say, not the last part of this climb anyway. The walk up this trail is littered with wonderful spots to view the amazing sunsets on offer in Alice...
This is not for the average walker, or should I say, not the last part of this climb anyway. The walk up this trail is littered with wonderful spots to view the amazing sunsets on offer in Alice... more »
The climb itself is not for the faint hearted or in fit the climb is precarious but safe if you take care do not rush take your time and do the climb in the cooler periods of the year or early morning forget it after September and carry water the view from the top is magnificent and you can see the geology story of central oz unfold before you
As many have said, not for the faint hearted however the hike itself is perfectly safe and good fun. It’s a scramble to the top for the last 20/25metres and can seem very daunting for inexperienced climbers but well worth the rewards. Take water and good boots with decent grip as rocks get slippery, definitely wouldn’t recommend climbing during or immediately after rain.
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