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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

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Alice Springs, Australia
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a full-day tour from Alice Springs. Travel with an expert guide to highlights such as Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek and Glen Helen. Have time to enjoy the region's natural beauty and capture photo ops of the Australian Outback as you hike into rock canyons, discover hidden waterholes and view historical sites. Chances to swim and hike along the way
  • Full-day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, from Alice Springs
  • Marvel at stunning red rock formations at Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap and Mount Sonder
  • Visit the Ochre Pits and learn how Aboriginal people traditionally used ochre for ceremony and trade
  • See impressive waterholes at Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Look for wildlife such as the black-footed rock wallaby, Pacific heron and white-faced heron
  • Includes all transportation, expert guide, morning tea, picnic lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people allows for a more customized tour
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Morning Tea
Fresh Buffet Lunch
Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
Experienced, friendly tour guide
Air-conditioned transport
Entry fee to Standley Chasm
Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
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7:45 AM
Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.
Start early with pickup at your Alice Springs hotel and set off in your air-conditioned coaster or seat rosa for West MacDonnell National Park.

Start with a walk at Simpsons Gap to see a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Next, head to Standley Chasm for morning tea and a stroll along trails lined with acacias, cycads, ghost gums and cypress pines. Continue on to Ochre Pits, where rock walls are covered by white, yellow and red ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Arrernte peoples.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ormiston Gorge, a large waterhole surrounded by red rock and visited by waterbirds such as the Pacific heron and white-faced heron. After eating, drive to Mt Sonder lookout for views of a towering sandstone wall and Mt Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia.

Next up, visit Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of central Australia's most pristine waterholes. Cool off with a swim and hear from your guide about the significance of the geology. Then wind down your tour as sunset splashes over the MacDonnell Ranges. Have the option to join a sunset camel ride (October to March- own expense) for your final activity of the day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
MacDonnell Ranges
After pickup at your Alice Springs hotel, set off with your guide and small group into West MacDonnell National Park to begin your exploration of the area’s many natural attractions. Throughout the day, your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary about the natural and cultural history to the region.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Simpsons Gap
Start with a scenic walk at Simpsons Gap, one of the most renowned gaps in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Follow a riverbed to a natural rock amphitheater while looking for endangered black-footed rock wallabies that hop among the boulders.
Admission Ticket Free
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Standley Chasm Angkerle
Then admire the tall rock walls of Standley Chasm as you stroll through trees that line the tracks including acacias, cycads, ghost gums and cypress pines. Have morning tea at Standley Chasm before heading to your next destination, the Ochre Pits.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ochre Pits
A short path leads to rock walls that are covered with white, yellow and red layers of ochre. Be sure to bring your camera to snap photos of the shifting hues. Considered a sacred site for the local Arrernte peoples, the ochre pits provided material traditionally used for ceremonies and trading.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ormiston Gorge
Further down the road, stop for a picnic lunch at Ormiston Gorge, which contains a semi-permanent waterhole. Look for waterbirds such as the Pacific heron and white-faced heron, both common visitors to the waterhole.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount Sonder
Next, head to Mt Sonder lookout and admire the spectacular landscape including a towering sandstone wall and views of Mt Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Continue to Ellery Creek Big Hole, a significant geological site and one of central Australia's most pristine waterholes and cool off with a swim.
Admission Ticket Free
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Emu Run Experience - Day Tours
Your guide returns you to your Alice Springs hotel to end the tour.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle and swimwear during the summer months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Emu Run Experience
You can cancel up to 31 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 30 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 4–30 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 31 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Fantastic day out!
Shirley_H
, Jun 2022
Totally awesome day out to the ranges! Well organised and our guide Karen was knowledgeable and professional. I recommend this day out to any visitors to Alice Springs.
star-5
Every stop was gorgeous,...
Emily_H
, Jun 2022
Every stop was gorgeous, I can definitely recommend it. You just need to organize yourself dinner after the tour.
star-4
Brings back memories of...
Micheal_M
, Jun 2022
Brings back memories of my first visit to the centre, this time sharing it with my wife. Some new place to experience as well
star-5
Spectacular gorges and...
Marilee_F
, Jun 2022
Spectacular gorges and chasm.Johan our guide from Emu Run had so much knowledge. Ochre pits were beautiful.
star-4
The tour itself was...
Emma_H
, Jun 2022
The tour itself was excellent, but it is advertised in Viator as a small group (up to 20 people) trip and it is t - there were around 30 people on the tour. Still a great day!
star-5
Must do great tour
Caroline_S
, May 2022
Great day out very informative and well organised tour. Great bus and driver. Beautiful places to see
star-5
A great, educational, day in the West McDonnell Ranges
John_D
, May 2022
We visited numerous places beautiful and rugged in their own way. Driver/guide James was knowledgeable, well organised and, we noticed, careful in observing one gentleman who had a physical disability that hindered him somewhat. Overall an excellent and full day in the West McDonnell Renges!
star-5
Fantastic
Mark_D
, May 2022
Amazing scenery Karen is a great tour guide & very knowledgeable. Would recommend this small group tour.
star-5
Awesome tour
Sandra_M
, May 2022
Absolutely wonderful tour with fantastic commentary from our lovely guide Karen, full of knowledge. Stunning photo opportunities and time to look around. Thank you
star-5
Great day
Catherine_F
, May 2022
Alex our tour guide his friendly attitude and the smile he had all day. Meeting people from many different parts if Australia and see some amazing sights
star-4
Great day trip
Sally_K
, May 2022
Had a great day and covered a lot and saw some spectacular scenery Our tour guide was fantastic! Would definitely recommend
star-5
The whole trip was great...
Ian_G
, May 2022
The whole trip was great and the coach driver made it more enjoyable. Walks not too long and well planned
star-5
Do not miss this!!
Cam
, May 2022
Magnificent trip, Karen was a fantastic guide, the scenery amazing and also a great lunch! Highly recommend!
star-5
Good trip
nickjay31
, Apr 2022
Good trip, lots of sights seen and just enough time at each stop to experience the area Interestingly commentary from the driver guide and nice lunch/ morning tea
star-3
Amazing scenery, a truly...
Julie_K
, Apr 2022
Amazing scenery, a truly beautiful place to visit. Gruff driver whose commentary was mumbled and inaudible most of the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
So much beauty & history in a day.
Susan_A
, Oct 2021
Fantastic day full of history & beauty. Karen was our tour guide& driver & she was amazing. I could not have found & seen what we managed after driving many miles on my own. This is a perfect way to see as much as possible in a day.
star-5
Our Lady driver did an excellent job, great knowledge of fauna&flora , a very good trip... 10/10..., 10/10
Charles_C
, Oct 2021
The Stanley Chasm, the waterholes....The history of the place and peoples was fascinating...the pick up was right on time, the lunch was well organized & tasty...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The beautiful scenery,...
Robert_L
, Sep 2021
The beautiful scenery, the history and general knowledge and stories told by our guide, Karen. It was all terrific.
star-5
Ideal way to see this region
Mark_W
, Sep 2021
IsA wonderful way to see the key sites in this region. A full day of action with plenty of rest points.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Dorina_V
, Aug 2021
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The gorges and creeks amazing One of the best experiences on my trip

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