Simpsons Gap - NT

  Population - Station,Homestead

Position

DEG: -23.70914 133.72762
DMS: 23º 42' 32.91" S 133º 43' 39.42" E
UTM: 53 K 7377396mN 370288mE
Altitude: 591.96m

Description

Place Type

Population - Population - Station,Homestead

Location

15.96kms West of Alice Springs
99.98kms East of Hermannsburg
224.76kms NorthWest of Finke (Aputula)
274.49kms SouthWest of Ampilatwatja

Address & Contact

West Macdonnell National Park
Northern Territory 0872
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A

Information

The Simpsons Gap Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park was originally a pastoral lease (called Simpsons Gap Station). Like most stations in the area, this was a cattle station, with Simpsons Gap being used for fattening cattle on their way to market.

The Simpsons Gap Station was run by Robert (Bob) Darken, former head of Harts Range Police Station and his wife Vicki from about 1950. Here are two little historical clips showing Bob and his wife Vicki in 1947 during which time Bob was commissioned to Harts Range police patrol and was head of the station, whilst Vicki looked after the Harts Range station mostly on her own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhpgbprOTU&t=11s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOfXUYapMY

Here is some further information on Vicki Darken - https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/1938/Vicki+DARKEN


Simpsons Gap Station was eventually taken over in 1970 by Parks & Wildlife.
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Weather

Closest Weather Station

TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Simpsons Gap 18.99km SE
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.68.25.04.06.010.314.817.920.2
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9

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