1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

    Experience the spectacular outback scenery of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

    Join our West MacDonnell Ranges day trip from Alice Springs. You will find the West Mac’s just west of Alice Springs, an adventure playground of chasms, gorges, and eye-popping scenery.

    The West MacDonnell Ranges are also full of history and culture, important sacred sites for Central and Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. On this day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges, you will take many stunning walks. First, at Simpsons Gap the epic gorge carved out of the Ranges by Roe Creek, where water flows through a small gap. Then to Standley Chasm, known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, the sheer rock chasm where you will walk amongst acacias, ghost gums, and cypress pines. Visit Ochre Pits to see the vivid colours of the mineral rock formations.

    Ellery Creek Big Hole is where we spend the afternoon on tour, when the sun is hot the water is perfect for a refreshing dip!

    Explore the grandeur of one of the largest national parks in Northern Territory on our 1 day West MacDonnell Ranges tour from Alice Springs.

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      1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

      Your guide will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation. You’ll see spectacular outback scenery and have ample photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites.

      Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge.

      Your next stop is at Glen Helen for a sit-down buffet lunch. On our way back to Alice Springs, we stop to spend time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months!

      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. In the winter months, these mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return journey to Alice Springs. You can expect to be back at your accommodation at approximately 5:30 pm.


      What To Bring
      • Swimming at Ellery Creek Big Hole
      • Ochre Pits – an Aboriginal sacred site
      • Spectacular waterholes at Ormiston Gorge
      • Panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges
      • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
      • Strong, non-slip walking shoes
      • Hat (wide-brimmed is best)
      • Flynet
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunscreen
      • Camera
      • Casual and comfortable clothing (cool, light clothing is best in summer and warm clothing for winter)
      • Cash for purchasing dot painting directly from artists at sunset
      What are the departure and return times?

      We leave Alice Springs at approximately 7:45 am and return to Alice Springs at around 5:30 pm.

      Is this tour family friendly?

      Yes. Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on our tour and are charged at a child rate.

      All travelers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for their care.


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