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

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Activity provider: Outback Elite Tours

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

Activity provider: Outback Elite Tours

From US$ 249 per person

Discover the beautiful East MacDonnell Ranges on this fascinating 1 day tour. Departing from Alice Springs, explore beautiful locations, stunning wildlife and local history. Feast on a delicious morning tea and picnic lunch amongst nature.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Alice Springs
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Witness the unique natural beauty of Trephina Gorge with some of the best walks in Australia
  • Enjoy a delicious morning tea and picnic lunch
  • Visit the ghost mining town of Arltunga
  • Explore the Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, of great significance to local Aboriginal people
Full description
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 are of major spiritual significance to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and are registered sacred sites that include sacred paintings. An easy walk at Emily Gap takes you to a large rock painting depicting this ancient Aboriginal song line.
  • Experienced and friendly guide
  • Modern air-conditioned 4 wheel drive vehicle
  • Snacks, fruit and complimentary water throughout the day
  • Morning tea and picnic lunch
  • Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop off
  • Soft drinks, alcohol
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please advise if you have any medical conditions, allergies or food allergies/requirements
  • Please be ready at least 15 minutes before your pickup
  • Please wear sturdy walking shoes
  • Please bring sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothing, a camera if you desire and a jacket in cooler months
  • 8 years old is the minimum age to participate to this tour. Parents/tutors are fully responsible for their kids.
  • Please be aware that we will be travelling in remote areas
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4.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Absolutely fantastic! Very nice tour through beautiful landscapes.

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.

November 5, 2018

Excellent tour and guide, well worth the tour to a less travelled part of the MacDonnell range

May 11, 2022

Great guide and fun four wheel driving experience.

May 18, 2022

Product ID: 165557