HOME

TheInfoList




The Heavitree Gap, or ''Ntaripe'' in the
Arrernte language Arrernte or Aranda (; ) or sometimes referred to as Upper Arrernte (Upper Aranda), is a dialect cluster A dialect continuum or dialect chain is a series of language varieties spoken across some geographical area such that neighboring vari ...
, is a
water gap A water gap is a gap that flowing water has carved through a mountain range A mountain range is a series of mountains ranged in a line and connected by high ground. A mountain system or mountain belt is a group of mountain ranges with si ...
in the
Northern Territory The Northern Territory (NT; formally the Northern Territory of Australia) is an Australian territory in the central and central northern regions of Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, ...
of
Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a Sovereign state, sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australia (continent), Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous List of islands of Australia, sma ...

Australia
in the
MacDonnell Ranges The MacDonnell Ranges, or Tjoritja in Arrernte, is a mountain range A mountain range is a series of mountains ranged in a line and connected by high ground. A mountain system or mountain belt is a group of mountain ranges with similarity ...
. It is the southern entrance to the city of
Alice Springs Alice Springs ( aer, Mparntwe) is the third-largest town in the Northern Territory The Northern Territory (NT; formally the Northern Territory of Australia) is an states and territories of Australia, Australian territory in the central a ...

Alice Springs
and in addition to the
Todd River The Todd River ( Arrernte: ''Lhere Mparntwe'') is an ephemeral river Ephemerality (from the Greek language, Greek word , , meaning 'lasting only one day') is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. Typically the ter ...
it carries the main road and rail access to the south. The Gap is an important sacred site for the
Arrernte people The Arrernte () people, sometimes referred to as the Aranda, Arunta or Arrarnta, are a group of Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal Australian peoples who live in the Arrernte (area), Arrernte lands, at ''Mparntwe'' (Alice Springs) and surround ...
and its use as a thoroughfare was avoided by women prior to the construction of the road and later
Central Australia Railway The former Central Australia Railway, which was built between 1878 and 1929 and closed in 1980, was a Narrow-gauge railway, 1067 mm narrow gauge railway between Port Augusta railway station, Port Augusta and Alice Springs. A standard gauge ...

Central Australia Railway
. The Gap was named by William Mills (surveyor), William Mills, the Overland Telegraph line surveyor who discovered the location for Alice Springs. It was named after his former school in Heavitree, Devon. On the southwest side of The Gap is the historic Heavitree Gap Police Station. The Gap has been painted by numerous artists including Albert Namatjira, Oscar Namatjira, Basel Rangea, and John Borrack.


References


External links


1923 photograph of Heavitree Gap


Alice Springs Canyons and gorges in the Northern Territory Water gaps Valleys of Australia {{NorthernTerritory-geo-stub