About The Tour
Beat the heat of the summer in the Outback and head to the West MacDonnell Ranges to discover what this incredible region has to offer. Explore unique waterholes and river systems against a backdrop of imposing mountain peaks while learning more about the natural history and local heritage of the Ranges.
Operates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Please note: we do not carry children under the age of 8 years old on this tour.
The tour begins in Alice Springs and we’ll then make our way to Simpsons Gap where we’ll stop for a morning cup of tea. Here, you can take a stroll to a nearby waterhole and spot the native wildlife and impressive River Red Gums – keep your eyes peeled for Black-footed Rock Wallabies.
Next up we’ll take you to Ellery Creek Big Hole, where you can take a refreshing deep in the deepest waterhole in Central Australia. Admire the unique sandy beach surrounding it before we move on to Ormiston Gorge, a must-see in this region. The landscape here is defined by soaring cliffs and ancient rock formations, and you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the views from a designated lookout point.
Then it’s on to the historic Glen Helen Homestead where we’ll break for lunch (at own expense). After you’ve refuelled, there’ll be time for you to take a leisurely walk to the pretty waterhole nearby for another refreshing swim next to the magnificent Glen Helen Gorge.
From there, we’ll snake our way up to the Mount Sonder Lookout, where you can gaze out at the beautiful Finke River before we switch into a 4WD and go off-road alongside the river. Once at the water’s edge, you can go for a drip or kick back and relax on the shady bank.
We’ll then make our way back through the ancient landscape of the outback back to Alice Springs where this Central Australian adventure, unfortunately, comes to an end.