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  2. Northern Territory
  3. Alice Springs
  4. MacDonnell Ranges

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Product ID: 110560
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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.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Pick-up from your accommodation in Alice Springs.
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 3 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee to Standley Chasm
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon snacks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on this tour
• There are a maximum of 24 people on each tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
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Service
4.7/5
Organization
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Value for money
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Safety
4.8/5

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