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.

At the beginning of the 'ruby' rush European buyers were keen, but as the market was flooded, buyers began to question their quality. By June 1888, it was found that the stones were merely high grade garnets, and not nearly as valuable as rubies. Central Australia's ruby boom quickly.

Today Ruby Gap retains its remoteness, providing some excellent opportunities for bush camping and viewing Central Australia's scenic rugged terrain.

Much of the Park's terrain is extremely rugged and is only suitable for the experienced walker. Follow the river bed and tracks upstream to Glen Annie Gorge.

Do not enter the Hale River if the sand is soft and wet after recent heavy rain. In the event of a mishap, stay with your vehicle. Do not attempt to walk back to Arltunga. The Hale River is susceptible to flashflooding following heavy rain. If it begins to rain heavily leave the Park immediately. Do not attempt to cross flooded creeks. Wait on high grounds for creeks to recede.

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Glen Annie Gorge

From the park entrance there is a 5km drive along the river bed and then a 2km walk to reach Glen Annie Gorge. There is a a 12km walk up the gorge, mostly in soft river sand, which can be hard going at times, but very rewarding with magnificent gorge scenery. The park is generally accessible all year round, however the cooler months, from April to September, are more pleasant.

Where is it?

Situated 150km east of Alice Springs, access to Ruby Gap is via the Arltunga Historical Reserve. A high clearance 4WD is essential. Heavy rains may cause the roads to become temporarily impassable.

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