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West MacDonnell Ranges

  • West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs

    West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs

  • Simpsons Gap

    Simpsons Gap

  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    West MacDonnell Ranges

  • Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

    Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

  • West MacDonnell Ranges

    West MacDonnell Ranges

  • Ormiston Gorge

    Ormiston Gorge

Tour codes: A8

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Welcome to the West MacDonnell Ranges

This morning you’re headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and share details of the region’s history and rich culture.

Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

First stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife and birds.

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Next you’ll arrive at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

Ochre Pits

Ochre has been used all over the world for decoration and painting since pre-historic times. At this location you can see the natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.

Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge offers all the spectacular geology and landforms of the Tjoritja/MacDonnell Ranges. The rugged scenery of the gorge is complemented by a near-permanent waterhole, which attracts an interesting variety of native fauna and flora.

Glen Helen

Enjoy a Ploughman’s lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. The permanent waterhole here is home to many species of animals, including a variety of water birds and fish.

Included Meals: Lunch

Simpsons Gap

Surrounded by towering cliffs, incredible Simpsons Gap is one of the best known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks. Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs.

Full Day Tour

Approximately 9.5 hours


Daily 8.00am, Alice Springs
(or earlier from selected hotels)


Alice Srpings, 5.30pm approximately

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  • Ploughman’s lunch (1)
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required. There are uneven surfaces for the Standley Chasm walk.


Tour (A8)

Base Tour
Adult ?
Child ?
Concession ?

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Free hotel pick-ups

Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge on selected tours if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.

Please be outside your hotel 5 minutes prior to pick-up time


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