West MacDonnell Ranges 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: Daily (April – October)
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (November – March)
Please note: we do not carry children under the age of 2 years old on this tour.
The tour begins nice and early in Alice Springs. We’ll make our way along the MacDonnell Ranges to Simpsons Gap where we’ll stop to enjoy a walk and take in the stunning natural scenery. 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.
We refuel with morning tea at Standley Chasm 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. We have one more photo opportunity at the impressive Ochre Pits before we head for lunch.
Then it’s on to the historic Glen Helen Homestead where we’ll break for a yummy buffet lunch. Next up we’ll take you to Ellery Creek Big Hole, where you can take a refreshing dip in the deepest waterhole in Central Australia. Admire the unique sandy beach and landscape surrounding this secluded swimming spot before we make our way back to Alice Springs.
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.
|A Good Rest BandB||51 Dixon Road, Alice Springs||7:35am|
|Alice in the Territory||46 Stephen Road, Mount Johns||8:00am|
|Alice Lodge||4 Mueller Street, Alice Springs||7:50am|
|Alice Motor Inn||27 Undoolya Road, East Side||7:50am|
|Alice on Todd||Corner South Terrance and Strehlow Street, The Gap||7:55am|
|Alice Springs Tourist Park||70 Larapinta Drive, Araluen||8:10am|
|Alice Secret||6 Khalick Street, Alice Springs||7:50am|
|Aurora||11 Leichardt Terrace, Alice Springs||7:40am|
|Big 4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park||Palm Place, Ross||8:05am|
|Crowne Plaza Lasseters||74 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs||8:00am|
|Desert Palms Resort||74 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs||8:00am|
|Desert Rose Inn||15 Railway Terrace, Alice Springs||7:40am|
|Diplomat Hotel||20 Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs||7:40am|
|DoubleTree by Hilton||82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs||8:00am|
|Elkira Motel||65 Bath Street, Alice Springs||7:40am|
|Gapview Hotel||123 Gap Road, Alice Springs||7:55am|
|G’Day Mate Caravan Park||23 Palm Circuit, Alice Springs||8:05am|
|Haven Backpacker Resort||3 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs||8:05am|
|Heritage Caravan Park||40 Ragonesi Road, Alice Springs||8:05am|
|Ibis Styles||10 Gap Road, Alice Springs||7:55am|
|Jump Inn||4 Traeger Avenue, The Gap||7:50am|
|Kathys Place||4 Cassia Court, Alice Springs||7:50am|
|Quest||10 South Terrance, Alice Springs||7:55am|
|Swagaman’s Rest||67-69 Gap Road, The Gap||7:55am|
|Wintersun Caravan Park||North Stuart Highway and Head Street, Alice Springs||7:35am|
|YHA Alice Springs||26 Parson Street, Alice Springs||7:40am|