West MacDonnell National Park Day Trip from Alice Springs

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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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West MacDonnell National Park Day Trip from Alice Springs

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Inclusions: Entrance to Standley Chasm / Morning tea / Ploughman's lunch

Schedule

  • 08:00

    Pick-up from Alice Springs Hotels

  • Start of West MacDonnell National Park Tour

    The tour will start from heading on to Larapinta Drive on west with the ochre coloured West MacDonnells. Then, pass by John Flynn Memorial at the base of Mt Gillen, and see Albert Namatjira's painting of the remains of the twin ghost gums.

  • Continue to Standley Chasm

    Have your morning tea at the deep red cleft of Standley Chasm and walk along the barren creek bed of Angkerle.

  • Take a short walk at Ellery Creek Big Hole

    Walk at the dry creek bed to Ellery Creek Big Hole just below a steep rocky escarpment to reach a cool waterhole. Then stop and see the fascinating Ochre Pits.

  • Visit Glen Helen Gorge

    Enjoy a ploughman's lunch with beer, wine or a soft drink at Glen Helen Gorge, a semi permanent waterhole. Swimming availability may vary on the time of the year.

  • Make a stop at Simpsons Gap

    Stop at the rich ochre colored rock formations of Simpsons Gap. See the different animals in the area such as black footed rock wallabies, local lizards, eagles, kytes and falcons that fly above the West MacDonnells.

  • 17:30

    Drop-off at Alice Springs Hotels

  • (For Pick-Up) Alice Springs Hotels Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Check-Out ) Alice Springs Hotels Time: 17:30:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Alice Springs Hotels Time: 08:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out ) Alice Springs Hotels Time: 17:30:00

Description

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Please note

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

Includes

  • Entrance to Standley Chasm

  • Morning tea

  • Ploughman's lunch

Notes

Additional Note(s)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating in walks.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 08:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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