From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Activity provider: Emu Run Experience

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Activity provider: Emu Run Experience
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From US$ 116.98 per person

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Experience the best of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this full-day trip from Alice Springs. Marvel at the fiery red walls of the mountains in the desert sun, visit gorges and waterfalls, spot local wildlife and learn from your expert guide.

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Duration 9 hours
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• Pick-up from selected locations in Alice Springs


  • Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a day trip from Alice Springs
  • Go for a nature walk in the Simpsons Gap gorge
  • Visit the Glen Helen Homestead and Flynns Memorial
  • Enjoy an optional swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole in the summer
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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 colored 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. The 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 colors 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.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee to Standley Chasm
  • Morning tea and lunch

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    • Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on this tour
    • There are a maximum of 36 people on each tour
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    4.7 /5

    based on 125 reviews

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    Did it in wet season so we didn't do much walking but aside from that a bery nice tour! Got to see multiple waterfalls, went for a swim in a waterhole, saw lots of native animals along the way and last (but definitely not least) the croc jumping cruise was amazing too. Our guide was very chill and has lots of knowledge about Litchfield flora and fauna. Good group size and the lunch meal was spectacular (had wraps with a ton of veggies, meat and like 10 different sauces). Would definitely recommend 👍🏼

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    March 22, 2023

    This trip was wonderful! Our driver and guide, Felipe, was very nice and knowledgeable. We saw a lot and we had so much fun; also we had a morning tea and a very nice lunch. Absolutely adapt for a solo trip and it’s a perfect value of money. I very much suggest you to buy this tour!

    November 17, 2022

    This was an Amazing tour with an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide. Karen spoke about all of the history and people who were important to the tribal people and development of the land. She drove excellently and was a wealth of information. A great trip! Her training guide also helped and had some knowledge to share too. My favourite Stanley chasm and Ellery creek.

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    October 4, 2022

    Product ID: 110560