Emily Gap, East Macdonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia

Adrian Paul

Coffs Harbour, Australia

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Emily Gap is a small gorge 10 kilometres east of Alice Springs. Along with nearby Jessie Gaps, Emily Gap is perhaps the first noticeable feature of the East MacDonnell Ranges.

Home to interesting Aboriginal paintings, both gaps are important spiritual sites to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people. Many places in the landscape are associated with the same Dreamtime story, forming a dreaming trail. Emily and Jessie Gaps are associated with the caterpillar trail. Emily Gap is where the caterpillar beings of Mparntwe originated.

These Dreamtime beings are said to have formed Emily Gap and many of the landscapes around Alice Springs. A large rock painting depicts the caterpillar dreaming. The first European sighting of Emily and Jessie Gap was in 1871. It was thought that Emily and Jessie were the daughters of Sir Charles Todd, but this was found to be untrue. Today, the basis on which the names are derived is still unknown.

Camera – Nikon D80
Lens – Nikon 70-300mm VR zoom.

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