This Aboriginal belief is similar to the scientific interpretation of the
Bluff, as both have celestial origins. Scientists believe that around 142.5
million years ago, an object from space, believed to be a comet about 600 metres
wide, crashed to earth, blasting a crater some 20 km across. Today’s land surface
is about 2 km lower than the original impact surface and the bluff is about 5 km
in diameter, reduced over time by erosion. The remnant crater was named ‘Gosses
Range’ by the explorer Ernest Giles in 1872 after H. Gosse, a fellow of the
The Title for the Reserve was granted to traditional owners and it is now
jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Service.
The Reserve is accessible all year round, although the cooler months usually
April to October, are the most pleasant times to enjoy the reserve. Please note
that after heavy rain, all roads can be impassable.
The Reserve is about 175 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta Drive
or via Namatjira Drive. A 4WD is recommended for the last 5 km drive to the
Reserve. A ‘Mereenie Tour Pass’ is required to travel this road.
- Please keep to designated roads and tracks.
- All historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected.
- Fires are not permitted in the reserve.
- Please take all rubbish with you, out of the reserve.
- Pets are not permitted in this reserve.
- Fires and camping ARE NOT permitted and there is NO barbeque facilities.
NRETA Parks and Wildlife Services: Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve
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