West MacDonnell National Park Day Trip from Alice Springs

The scenery was just stunning. The tour guide was great. Enjoy the small group tour. Lunch at Glen Helen gorge was yumAnonymous, – See more reviews
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Simpsons Gap
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Activity on: May 11, 2014
Ormiston Gorge
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Activity on: May 11, 2014
Ellery Creek Big Hole
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Activity on: May 11, 2014

What To Expect

Dry riverbeds, vast craggy ochre, red sandstone, gaps and gorges, and tranquil waterholes - these make up the spectacular landforms of the West MacDonnell Ranges.


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daily at 8:00 AM
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Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the deep red cleft of Standley Chasm, the mystique of Ellery Creek Big Hole and the cultural significance of the Ochre Pits.

Visit Glen Helen Gorge. Sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a ploughmans lunch at Glen Helen before seeing the immense cliffs of quartzite at Simpsons Gap - a haven for a colony of black footed rock wallabies.


  • Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured West MacDonnells

  • Pass John Flynn Memorial at the foot of the Mt Gillen

  • The remains of the twin ghost gums painted by Albert Namatjira.

  • Continue to Standley Chasm - a striking deep red cleft that glows with reflected sunlight

  • Walk into the Chasm along the Angkerle Creek bed

  • Enjoy morning tea at Standley Chasm

  • Ellery Creek Big Hole - take a short walk along a creek bed to the cool waterhole below a steep rocky escarpment

  • Stop at the Orchre Pits

  • Visit Glen Helen Gorge - a semi permanent waterhole

  • Enjoy a ploughman's lunch with neer, wine or soft drink

  • Visit Ormiston Gorge and waterhole for a ploughman's lunch

  • Time to relax at the waterhole

  • A refreshing swim may be possible depending on the time of year

  • Make a stop at Simpsons Gap - rich ochre coloured rock walls rising from a sandy creek bed

  • Look for black footed Rock Wallabies along the rocky base

  • Look for eagles, kytes and falcons soaring in the thermal currents above the West MacDonnells

  • Perhaps meet a local lizard



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Please note

  • Hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating in walks.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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