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From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

1. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Be picked up from your Alice Springs accommodation at 7:45 AM and set off on a day of adventure and exploration! Enjoy the spectacular outback scenery and photo opportunities as you travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Stop at Standley Chasm for morning tea and a leisurely stroll. At Ochre Pits, discover rock walls covered by natural coloured ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Aboriginal people. Ormiston Gorge is up next: a great place for a swim, or to see the towering walls of the gorge and pound, local plants and wildlife. By now, you will have certainly worked up an appetite for lunch! Next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colours with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months! Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense). The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

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From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

2. From Alice Springs: Uluru Full-Day Tour with BBQ Dinner

Depart Alice Springs early to get a taste of the Australian Outback with a stop at Erldunda for a buffet breakfast. Then, continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see the domes of the rock formations on your first walk. Learn about the local Pitjantjatjara people at the cultural center. Then, go to the base of Uluru for a guided walk to see the Anangu rock art. Head to Mutitjulu Waterhole for a short hike to the home of the ancestral Wanampi water snake and share some traditional "dreamtime" stories. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sunset over Uluru, and end the day with a barbeque dinner before the return journey to Alice Springs.

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From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

3. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Trip

The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary with their immensity and array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples. View spectacular outback scenery and take photos as you travel along through magnificent Outback Country, making stops at the many historic locations. Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, resting place of Reverend Flynn, founder of The Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as the home of giant goanna ancestors. Take a walk to sport black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. Lastly, you will visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place, sacred to womens’ dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 0.75 mile (1.2km) walk to access the dramatic 262 foot (80 metre) tall rock-face. On the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape here, the unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient Cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old, washed down from miles upstream. After your walk enjoy Morning Tea at local cafe. Then make your way back to Alice Springs where you will have the afternoon free to explore.

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Alice Springs: Coach Transfer to Ayers Rock Resort

4. Alice Springs: Coach Transfer to Ayers Rock Resort

Travel from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) aboard a luxury coach. Enjoy the rugged desert landscapes and the scenic views as you pass through the beautiful MacDonnell Ranges. On this 6-hour transfer you’ll stop at a camel farm and learn about the impact camels had in opening up Central Australia. Camels, ideally suited to the hot, dry climate of Australia’s interior, were imported in the 19th century and remained the principal means of outback transport until railways and roads were established. You’ll have a chance to ride a camel during your visit (not included in the tour price). While travelling through this remote country, your driver/guide will provide informative and entertaining commentary. Learn about the region’s natural and geological history, and about the unique Australian desert flora and fauna. The Perentie monitor lizard, the thorny devil, and the red kangaroo make their home here. You’ll also hear about the traditional customs and beliefs of local Aboriginals. There will be time for a stop at the Erldunda road house for a quick break. Take in the views of flat-topped Atila (Mt. Conner) in the distance before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort rested, relaxed, and ready to explore the amazing World Heritage Site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

5. From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

Enjoy an exciting 1-day safari on a four-wheel drive from Alice Springs through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct. Hermannsburg is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection, in particular the works of famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Enjoy a leisurely tea in Hermannsburg, and then set off on your 4WD for the second half of the adventure. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into the stunning Palm Valley. Admire the spectacular rock formations, such as the one known as the Amphitheatre, and the lush palm trees of the oasis rising out of the white sand. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants such as the cycad and the Livistonia Mariae. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the beautiful Finke Gorge National Park, and on your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colors of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges.

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Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

6. Alice Springs: Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your ballooning adventure begins in the cool pre-dawn darkness as you are picked up from your accommodation in Alice Springs. During the drive to the desert launch site you will get to know the crew as they make final weather checks and explain the routine for the morning. At the launch site gas burners are used to inflate the balloons just as the sun lights up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges. Once floating gently in the air you will appreciate the vast remoteness of the Australian outback. Wildlife, particularly big red kangaroos are seen nearly every day as the balloon floats above spinifex grasses, mulga scrub and cattle stations. After landing, enjoy a program designed to allow you a unique opportunity to experience the Australia bush. Most landings are in the desert, kilometers away from the nearest road. There is no traffic, no other people and no noise. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of sparkling Australian wine or if you prefer some tropical apple and guava juice. Perhaps mix the two for a delightful morning cocktail. Drinks are accompanied by a variety of muffins, biscuits, slices of cheese and fresh fruit. It's the perfect mix to enjoy before reboarding your bus to return to “town”.

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Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

7. Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as being the home of giant goanna ancestors. Following that, take a walk to spot black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. You'll then visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place which is sacred to women's dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 1.2-kilometer walk to access the dramatic 80-meter-tall rock-face, and on the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape. The unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old. After your walk, enjoy morning tea at a local cafe before heading back to Alice Springs for some free time for lunch before setting off again to explore the town. In the afternoon, tour the sights of "The Alice" including the School of the Air. Learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio, and you may have the opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote "outback". You'll also stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia's semi-arid desert. The tour later concludes with panoramic views of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.

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West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

8. West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

Depart your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately at 7.30 AM and visit the 'West Macs'-  a stunning natural wonder. Learn about this prehistoric mountain range - broken by a series of gorges and chasms - from your guide on the drive.  First stop is Simpsons Gap, which offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (no swimming), rich in native wildlife. Follow the dry creek bed and massive River Red Gums to a dramatic gap in the range, featuring towering cliffs on either side. Keep your eyes out for the famous colony of adorable Black-footed Rock Wallabies! Standley Chasm (Angkerle) is up next, a perfect place to stop for morning tea. This picturesque walk, suitable for all fitness levels, winds through a beautiful oasis, lush with an amazing array of native plants including cycads and ancient pines. The walk finishes with an astonishing view of the sheer quartzite walls rising more than 60m on each side of the narrow chasm. Then, see Ellery Creek Big Hole: the biggest and deepest waterhole in Central Australia. It offers superb swimming (summer months only) and scenery unlike anywhere else, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the car park. Visit the Ochre Pits, where Aboriginal people have been mining ochre for thousands of years and still use ochre today for medicinal, ceremonial, and spiritual purposes. The vivid colours make for excellent photographs so bring your camera. You will also stop at Mt Sonder Lookout, which is a stunning 360 ⁰ vista overlooking one of the most picturesque sections of the Finke River: a favourite spot for photographers and landscape painters. Stop for a gourmet picnic lunch, before visiting Ormiston Gorge’s spectacular scenery. A string of beautiful waterholes emerges from the immense gorge, carved by a once mighty river. The deep, permanent waterhole offers excellent swimming (summer months only) and a stunning lookout to see abundant wildlife. Finally, on your way back to Alice, make a brief stop at the famous John Flynn Memorial before drop off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at around 5:30 pm. 

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Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1-day 4WD Tour

9. Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1-day 4WD Tour

Go where the big operators don’t! This 4WD adventure begins at sunrise as you follow the Old Ghan railway route south to the historic landmark of Chambers Pillar. On the way, explore the ancient and sacred Ewaninga rock carvings which the local Arrente Aboriginal people have been visiting for thousands of years. Learn about the cultural significance of these astonishing petroglyphs over a sumptuous European-style morning tea. Next, visit the remote Aboriginal community of Titjikala and its renowned art center. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an authentic piece of Central Australian Aboriginal art without paying gallery prices. From there, follow in the footsteps of the early explorers, crossing the sands of the dry Hugh River, and ascending to a stunning lookout atop the Charlotte Range, from which the vast Simpson Desert and the distant Chambers Pillar come into view. Travel the same red, sandy track the great John McDouall Stuart took more than 150 years before, to arrive at the giant natural sandstone sculptures of the Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve.  Choose to walk around and even up to the base of this astonishing natural wonder. Your guide will explain the geology of this amazing landscape, taking you back to when all this prehistoric countryside was under the sea, as well as relating the ancient Aboriginal dreamtime stories that created these magnificent structures. After your walk, relax and enjoy a gourmet lunch, prepared on-site by your guide under the shade of the majestic desert oaks, in this beautiful wilderness reserve.  After lunch, visit spectacular Rainbow Valley, following the spine of the ancient James Ranges along the historical Hugh River Stock Route, passing the iconic River Red Gums and Ghost Gums of the riverine woodlands. Rainbow Valley is one of the most striking geological features in the country and her sunsets are as spectacular as any in Australia. As the day ends, enjoy a lovely, easy stroll to Mushroom Rock, amongst the distinctive plant life and flowers of this unique region, whilst your guide prepares a lavish sunset platter. Return from your walk to a banquet of European cheeses, gourmet crackers, delicious cured meats and much more, as the true colors of Rainbow Valley reveal themselves to the setting sun. Return to Alice where your guide will take you to your accommodation after an unforgettable day in Australia’s Outback. 

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From Ayers Rock Resort to Alice Springs: Luxury Transfer

10. From Ayers Rock Resort to Alice Springs: Luxury Transfer

Travel through the desert scenery between Ayers Rock Resort and Alice Springs on this luxury transfer between the two locations. Your experienced driver/guide will provide comprehensive commentary as you pass through the beautiful rugged scenery of the outback. You will pass by Atila (Mount Conner) and stop at a local roadhouse for some afternoon tea. The driver guide will drop you off at your Alice Springs hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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What people are saying about Alice Springs

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 238 reviews

Karen (our tour guide) was fantastic!! She was very professional but cracked a few jokes along the way to keep us all entertained. Her knowledge of everything related to the area was out of this world, so many fun facts that you don't get on other tours. The scenery was absolutely amazing. It was a long drive out and back, but Karen made the whole day interesting. Lunch was great as well, healthy & light but filled us up. A selection of fresh deli meat and salad wraps to make our own lunch.

Fantastic and very knowledgeable guide ( i think her name was Emma) She was loaded with facts about the area which was impressive as she mentioned she had only been at the job for 3 months. Our 2 children ( 4 & 9 ) enjoyed the day as well and they got to have a swim at Ellery Creek before heading back to our hotel.

Very enjoyable experience, friendly staff and safe operation. Highly recommended.

excellent, unique Alice Springs experience, well organised and worth the money.

the guides were great and informative and full of knowledge