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