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Ruby Gap Nature Park

Enjoy the remoteness and natural beauty of this nature park that was once thought to contain valuable rubies.

The Ruby Gap Nature Park is cut in two by the Hale River. Glassy red stones line the creek bed and were once mistaken for rubies during the gold rush. Prospectors were disappointed to find they were garnets and zircons and left the site soon after. Today Ruby Gap Nature Park is known for its remoteness. Visit to get a real taste of the rugged wilderness of Central Australia with few others around. The garnets of the riverbed mirror the deep red of the gorge walls at sunset.

There aren’t any marked walking trails in the park. Those with some hiking experience can bring comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure to enjoy feeling like a pioneer of the bush. During the dry season you can follow the sandy bed of the Hale River just over 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) to Glen Annie Gorge. Here you’ll see the bush headstone of one of the prospectors, J.P Fox, who killed himself after discovering that the “rubies” were actually garnets. Many of his fellow miners moved on to become gold prospectors at Arltunga. Bring a swimsuit to go swimming in some of the waterholes throughout Glen Annie Gorge. 

Many artists visit Ruby Gap Nature Park from Alice Springs to capture the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Look for wildlife including curlews, brush-tailed possums, wallabies and waterbirds. 

The drive to Ruby Gap Nature Park from Alice Springs requires an experienced off-road driver and a high-clearance four-wheel drive. It is not advisable to enter the park after or during rains. The road to Ruby Gap starts near Arltunga Historical Reserve, 150 kilometres (93 miles) east of Alice Springs. Bring a tent, food and water to camp in several areas around the park. There are no facilities provided, as this is remote “bush camping” at its best.


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Ooraminna Station Homestead

Ooraminna Station Homestead

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Heavitree Gap, Frontier Camel Farm and Alice Springs Golf Club.

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    Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

    Diplomat Motel Alice Springs

    20 Gregory Terrace, Corner Hartley St and Gregory Terra, Alice Springs, NT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Alice Springs, this motel is steps away from Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 10 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 16 minutes by foot.

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      DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs

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      82 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Springs Convention Centre and Alice Springs Golf Club. Royal Flying Doctor Service and Alice Springs Reptile Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Desert Palms Alice Springs AU$99
        Desert Palms Alice Springs

        Desert Palms Alice Springs

        74 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Desert Springs, this golf motel is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Springs Golf Club and Alice Springs Convention Centre. Royal Flying Doctor Service and Alice Springs Reptile Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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          Mercure Alice Springs Resort

          34 Stott Terrace, East Side, NT
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the riverwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Gallery, Todd Mall, and Adelaide House. Alice Springs Reptile Centre and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame are also within 15 minutes. Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 21 minutes by foot.

            Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters
            Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

            Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters

            93 Barrett Drive, Desert Springs, NT
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Alice Motor Inn

              Alice Motor Inn

              27 Undoolya Rd, East Side, NT
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Quest Alice Springs AU$139
                Quest Alice Springs

                Quest Alice Springs

                9-10 South Terrace, The Gap, NT
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in The Gap, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Royal Flying Doctor Service and National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. Alice Springs Convention Centre and Alice Springs Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km). Ciccone Alice Springs Station is 30 minutes by foot.