From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

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Activity provider: Emu Run Experience

From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip

Activity provider: Emu Run Experience
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From US$ 119.21 per person

Experience the best of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this full-day trip from Alice Springs. Marvel at the fiery red walls of the mountains in the desert sun, visit gorges and waterfalls, spot local wildlife and learn from your expert guide.

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• Pick-up from selected locations in Alice Springs


  • Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a day trip from Alice Springs
  • Go for a nature walk in the Simpsons Gap gorge
  • Visit the Glen Helen Homestead and Flynns Memorial
  • Enjoy an optional swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole in the summer
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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 colored 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. The next stop is at Glen Helen. The landscape here is spectacular - a towering sandstone wall is the first thing you see as you arrive. The area includes views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia, which changes colors with the light.  On the way back to Alice Springs, witness the famous and enchanting Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months.

Visit Flynns Memorial and from October to March, you may decide to partake in an incredible Sunset Camel Ride at the Camel farm (optional, at your own expense).

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.

These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at approximately 5:30 PM.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee to Standley Chasm
  • Morning tea and lunch

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    • Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on this tour
    • There are a maximum of 36 people on each tour
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    4.7 /5

    based on 74 reviews

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    Covered all the main tourist spots on one day at a good pace. Walks were relatively easy for all age groups. April was a beautiful time as not too hot. Flies were absent so no fly nets needed. Lunch supplied was healthy and plentiful. Our guide James was excellent due to his knowledge and care for our safety.

    April 9, 2022

    Karen (our tour guide) was fantastic!! She was very professional but cracked a few jokes along the way to keep us all entertained. Her knowledge of everything related to the area was out of this world, so many fun facts that you don't get on other tours. The scenery was absolutely amazing. It was a long drive out and back, but Karen made the whole day interesting. Lunch was great as well, healthy & light but filled us up. A selection of fresh deli meat and salad wraps to make our own lunch.

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    October 31, 2021

    Fantastic and very knowledgeable guide ( i think her name was Emma) She was loaded with facts about the area which was impressive as she mentioned she had only been at the job for 3 months. Our 2 children ( 4 & 9 ) enjoyed the day as well and they got to have a swim at Ellery Creek before heading back to our hotel.

    October 6, 2021

    Product ID: 110560