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A full-day tour to West MacDonnell National Park, known by the traditional owners as Tjoritja
Marvel at the size of Standley Chasm, an 80 m-high gorge
Cool off at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s most beautiful swimming spots
See the UNESCO-listed Ochre Pit mineral rockface
Refresh within the towering walls of Ormiston Gorge
Try for a glimpse of the shy black-footed-rock-wallaby at Simpsons Gap
A delicious morning tea & lunch
Services of an outback driver-guide, & transport onboard an air-conditioned mini-coach
What to Expect
Join this tour to uncover the wonder of the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, a treasure trove of natural beauty and history.
There are plenty of walking trails and waterholes to cool off from the Red Centre's heat. Located west of Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges cover 161km and serve as a refuge for wildlife found nowhere else.
After getting picked up from Alice Springs, you'll head to the first stop of the day. Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning "Gap of Water", Standley Chasm is a 3-metre-wide, 80-metre-high gorge among the West MacDonnell Ranges.
If you're lucky, you'll spot some native wildlife as you explore this beautifully rugged area before tracking west and for a dip in Ellery Creek Bighole, known traditionally as Udepata. It's surrounded by tall red cliffs and sandy Ellery Creek, and one of Central Australia's largest and most beautiful swimming spots.
Continue onwards to where massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge. Spend time admiring nature at its finest.
After, begin your leisurely journey back towards Alice Springs, with a final stop at another fantastic feature of the Tjoritja West MacDonnells region – Simpsons Gap, where several dreaming trails and stories cross. Featuring a permanent waterhole, this is also a great place to spot resident wildlife.
Now you've had your fix of some of the best of central Australia's natural icons, your driver/guide will deliver you back to Alice Springs to your chosen accommodation and evening plans as you reminisce on your day of exploration.
Tour departs from Aurora Alice Springs Hotel, 11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs at 7:00 am.
Frequently Asked Questions
2L Refillable water bottle, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, swimwear & beach towel, comfortable walking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes), all-weather comfortable, light clothing, tropical strength insect repellent, flynet, small day pack 5-7kg, money for snack and meals, camera to capture every moment.
The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season, and the temperature drops dramatically in the evening. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are travelling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the provider.
A moderate level of fitness is required to complete the walks; some areas of the West MacDonnell Ranges consist of rocky terrain and steep walking tracks.
The Supplier operates this tour with a maximum of 21 passengers – the vehicles are 24-seater Mitsubishi Rosa buses. This vehicle makes for a safe & comfortable journey (air-conditioned), with large passenger windows for unobstructed views.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, your travel experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the provider. This tour would only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, whereby it’s not safe to travel into West MacDonnell Ranges.
The child policy for this tour is 6 years old and over. Due to the nature of this tour, it’s not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under. Children must be supervised at all times, and guests must keep to the marked tracks and designated visitor areas.
The minimum age is 6 years, & all travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian
To maximise the comfort of your journey no luggage storage facilities are provided on Day Trips. It is recommended you bring a small day pack no bigger than 5-7kg
This itinerary may vary to adapt to seasonal changes & occasionally spots in the parks close or do not allow swimming. As safety is The Operator's top priority, they plan accordingly to ensure guests have the most fun and best experience possible while on tour
This terrain is not suitable for mobility impaired travellers, wheelchairs, walkers, prams or strollers
If you wish to change or cancel a trip:
Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 7-days prior to departure; or
2 to 7-days prior to departure:
The Operator will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
any credit voucher resulting from cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by The Operator within Australia; or
8-days or more prior to departure,
The Operator will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking, less any unrecoverable costs; or
Failure to board on tour or cancelled within 2-days/48-hrs will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund
- Alice Motor Inn - 25-27 Undoolya Rd East Alice Springs
- Alice on Todd Apartments - 1 Strehlow St The Gap
- Alice Springs YHA - Cnr Parsons St Leichhardt Terrace
- Aurora Alice Springs Hotel - 11 Leichhardt Terrace
- Best Western Elkira Court Motel - 65 Bath St Alice Springs
- Crowne Plaza Lasseters - 93 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
- Desert Palms Alice Springs - 74 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
- DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs -82 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
- Gday Mate Tourist Park - 23 Palm Circuit Ross Alice Springs
- Haven Backpacker Resort - 3 Larapinta Dr Alice Springs
- Mercure Alice Springs Resort -34 Stott Terrace Alice Springs
- Quest Alice Springs - 10 South Terrace Alice Springs
- Swagmans Rest Apartments The - 67 Gap Rd Alice Springs
- To Be Advised - Please call 48hrs prior to reconfirm
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