Mount Gillen, Alice Springs

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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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  • We started out at about 4PM from the car park and followed the trail through the desert park, eventually getting to the summit at about 5 30, in time for sunset. It is quite tough going, especially as...  more »
  • Mount Gillen is gorgeous scenery and even better to climb. Was a challenging hike up for low endurance but enough places to rest along the way. There would be some incline for a bit and then flatten o...  more »
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  • Gorgeous 360 views but not for the faint hearted!! Took around 1hr up and 40min back. Highly advise plenty of water and good hiking boots. I found finding the start of the walk very hard, it's not signed posted. This was how I went: from John Flynn's Grave cross the bridge to left of the memorial (photo 2). Take a hard right just after the bridge. Follow the riverbed (photo 1) until the path starts off the left. This was the tricky bit, the start of the path has been severely washed away and so looks like a crack in the earth, not a path (photo 4). Then just stick on the path. Note that the last few metres to the top of the mountain are a nearly vertical climb (photo 5). Best views in all of Alice, and one of the best sunrises (photo 3) I've ever seen!!
  • Beautiful I love hiking up there I've been doing it since I was 4

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