National Parks


Northern Territory Alice Springs - Ruby Gap National 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.


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

Further Information

Tourism webpage:   https://northernterritory.com/


Phone: (08) 8999 4555

email Parks: parkmanagement.pwcnt@nt.gov.au