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Best afternoon possible

We started out at about 4PM from the car park and followed the trail through the desert park... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2019
Sydney, Australia
Beautiful Sunrise Hike!

Mount Gillen is gorgeous scenery and even better to climb. Was a challenging hike up for low... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2019
Alice Springs, Australia
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Larapinta Drive | 10 km due west of Alice Springs, MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed April 9, 2019

We started out at about 4PM from the car park and followed the trail through the desert park, eventually getting to the summit at about 5 30, in time for sunset. It is quite tough going, especially as it was still hot at 4 PM,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

Mount Gillen is gorgeous scenery and even better to climb. Was a challenging hike up for low endurance but enough places to rest along the way. There would be some incline for a bit and then flatten out long enough for you to catch your...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 296karissav
Reviewed March 26, 2019 via mobile

Nice challenging (ish) hike with some rock climbing to keep you interested. Beautiful views from the top. Definitely worth going try to aim around sunrise.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SusannaP347
Reviewed December 26, 2018

Pick your time of day for this one. We started around 6am to beat the heat and it paid off. The walk is not sign posted, so walk past the front of the John Flynn memorial on the Larapinta Drive side and you will see...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Schony29
Reviewed December 21, 2018

The hike took around 1hr up and 40min back. The start point is John Flynns' Grave, 10min out of town ($20 in a taxi). Highly advise PLENTY of water and good hiking boots - most of the walk is not on smooth path but on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

This was my favorite thing to do do in Alice so far and I'm surprised it's not higher on the list. There isn't any mountain as high that is nearly as doable as Gillen in the area. The hike and boldering-like climbing can be done...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 672calvinm
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

This is not a climb for those who are not sure footed or reasonably fit. Has some very steep slippery gradients with a final small cliff face to climb which can be very dangerous if you were to slip coming down. The path to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 807mrm
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Right in the middle of the Red Centre sits Alice Springs. A little outback ''city'' with all the mod cons you would expect to find on the coast. It is surrounded by the West McDonnell Ranges which form a backdrop for this great little outback...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank William B
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Early start, but should have been earlier - takes about 45mins to complete the climb (and it is a climb, you need to be pretty fit to reach the top). Sunrise was 6.30pm but gets bright about 6 - recommend you be there at least...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank oreillymark
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Excellent views over Alica and beyond. The walk has a challenging final climb but well worth the effort.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Kate E
March 24, 2018|
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Response from 672calvinm | Reviewed this property |
Hiking boots.
Kathryn C
June 13, 2015|
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Response from Nifa9 |
Go through the gate about 100 m west of the monument at Flynns grave, and follow the path that leads generally west. If you miss the path continue west until you meet the old fence that runs north-south due north of the... More
March 22, 2015|
Response from john h | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Technically camping is not permitted on the top of Mt Gillen, as it is not in any way a designated camp area,having said that people have done it before, if you carry some light camping gear up and are prepared for a... More