The first substantial European settlement in Central Australia,
Arltunga is an historic mining ghost town that has been perfectly
preserved by the dryness of the surrounding desert. The settlement is
located on the 5 000 hectare Arltunga Historical Reserve.
Location: 111 km east of Alice Springs
Arltunga Visitors and Information Centre has excellent photographs
and plenty of information about the early history of the area including
detailed descriptions of the mining techniques which were employed in
this dry, desert environment.
Points of Interest
White Range; Paddys Rockhole (where gold was first discovered in
1887); Ruby Gap Nature Park; Arltunga Historical Goldfield Reserve,
including Police Station and Gaol, the Government Works, the MacDonnell
Range Reef gold Mine, the Christmas Reef gold Mine, the Golden Chance
Mine, the Joker gold Mine and the Great Western Mine and the White
Ruby Gap Nature Park
Ruby Gap is linked to the first mining rush in Central Australia. In
March 1886, explorer David Lindsay found what he thought were rubies in
the bed of the Hale River. In May 1887 there were over 200 people in
the area prospecting for rubies. By then gold had been discovered in
Paddy's Rockhole Creek, 45km to the west, which lead to the
establishment of the Arltunga Goldfield.
Today, Ruby Gap retains its remoteness, providing some excellent
opportunities for bush camping and viewing Central Australia's scenic