West MacDonnell Ranges

Full Day Tour | Alice Springs Return

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Adult i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Concession i A holder of a valid concession card.
Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

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West MacDonnell Ranges

Full Day Tour | Alice Springs Return

West MacDonnell Ranges

Full Day Tour | Alice Springs | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 31 Mar 2020

Today you’re headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. Along the way your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and share details of the region's history and rich culture. In this scenery-packed itinerary, visit iconic sights of Angkerle (Standley Chasm), Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorges and Simpsons Gap, and learn all about the use of ochre in ancient times at the Ochre Pits.


Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar)
Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun (Dec-Feb)

8.00am from Alice Springs (earlier from your hotel)


Alice Springs, 5.30pm approximately

  • Lunch
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

  • The West MacDonnell Ranges stretch over 600 kms east and west of Alice Springs and feature some of the most iconic sights in the Northern Territory
  • Explore Simpsons Gap and walk through to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for black-footed rock wallabies
  • Take a walk along the stony watercourse at Angkerle (Standley Chasm), where you may see some bird and wildlife that inhabit the area
  • At the Ochre Pits, see natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for indigenous people for thousands of years
  • Enjoy a fresh bushman's lunch at Glen Helen Gorge, where the permanent waterhole is home to a variety of water birds and fish
  • At Ormiston Gorge, see spectacular geology and landforms reminiscent of the paintings of Albert Namatjira
  • See some amazing geology at Ellery Creek Big Hole, where thousands of years of massive floods have carved out a beautiful waterhole in Ellery Creek. Don't forget your swimmers in the warmer months
  • Return to Alice Springs with the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges along the way

Tour operated by our partners at Emu Run Experience. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • Swimmers & towel in warmer months (optional)
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

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

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