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  • From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

    1. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

    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...

    I had an enjoyable day and the tour guide was very informative with a lovely lunch supplied. The scenery was also spectacular and thoroughly recommended.

  • West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

    2. West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

    Depart your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately at 7.30 AM and visit the 'West Macs'-  a stunning natural wonder. Learn about this prehistoric mountain range - broken by a series of gorges and chasms - from your guide on the drive.  First stop is Simpsons Gap, which offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (no swimming), rich in native wildlife. Follow the dry creek bed and massive River Red Gums to a dramatic gap in the range, featuring towering cliffs on either side. Keep your eyes out for the famous colony of adorable Black-footed Rock Wallabies! Standley Chasm (Angkerle) is up next, a perfect place to stop for morning tea. This picturesque walk, suitable for all fitness levels, winds through a beautiful oasis, lush with an amazing array of native plants including cycads and ancient pines. The walk finishes with an astonishing view of the sheer quartzite walls rising more th...

    Most enjoyable day. Guide James very generous with his vast knowledge and made everything very easy.

  • East MacDonnell Ranges: Small Group 4x4 Tour & Picnic Lunch

    3. East MacDonnell Ranges: Small Group 4x4 Tour & Picnic Lunch

    Explore the beautiful East MacDonnell Ranges, bearing ancient formations that reveal geological formations, picturesque gorges and Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. See evidence of early European mining adventures and enjoy a delicious picnic. Walk through the Trephina Gorge and discover superb and diverse scenery.The contrasting hues of the bright blue skies and quartzite rock formations bring all the colors of Central Australia into vivid detail.  Explore Arltunga, the boomtown at the heart of the 18th century gold rush. Discover this wonderfully well-preserved ghost town, with the restored police station, old gaol and mine shafts. Get a glimpse into the Australia’s distant past and experience what life was like for these hardy prospectors of the Outback. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch once you have worked up an appetite and stop lastly at Emily and Jessie Gaps. These picturesque gaps ar...

    I had Chris as a lovely tour guide. The landscapes in the East MacDonnell Ranges differ from those in West MacDonnell Ranges and both are amazing. I learned a lot about the aboriginal culture and the nature - fauna and animals. Thank you for this experience.

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What people are saying about MacDonnell Ranges

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 73 reviews

The tour was fantastic! Bluey was a great guide with a massive amount of information to share and stories! I was surprised how many places we saw and visited! We were lucky enough to spot a rare black footed wallaby amongst other wildlife and the swim in the water hole was a fun experience! A must do for anyone visiting Alice springs! Remember to get a fly net as they are crazy!!

Kirsty was an absolutely brilliant guide. What an awesome experience. Relaxed, friendly, vibrant and interesting. Highly recommended! Saw the most amazing spots in just 1 day! I’d definitely do it again!!! Food was great also. Nothing could have made it a better day!!! Loved it. Plenty of time for picturesque photos and dips in waterholes.

The whole trip was excellent. Well organised and extremely good value for the money. Lunch was delicious and we had an excellent driver and tour guide in Bluey.

I had an enjoyable day and the tour guide was very informative with a lovely lunch supplied. The scenery was also spectacular and thoroughly recommended.

Very knowledgeable guide and very interesting day.