West MacDonnell Ranges 4WD Tour - 1 Day

Spend the day exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges, swim in waterholes and embark on stunning hikes!

map Alice Springs, Australia
1 day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Start 6.00 am. Finish 5.30 pm.
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16 people
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
AUD $129
Child up to 16 years: AUD $129
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Next available: 27/10/2019

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • BBQ lunch
  • Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)



  • West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Ghost Gum Walk
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Ochre Pits 

Why do we love this

We love that you get to swim in waterholes on this tour! When you're hot from exploring the Outback and all the bush walks, diving into cool Ellery Big Hole is perfect. 


Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a relaxed day trip. Swim and explore Ormiston Gorge and the Ghost Gum Walk, discover the culturally significant Ochre Pits and marvel at Ellery Creek Big Hole. The West MacDonnell Ranges are one of the most picturesque areas in the Red Centre, and they're just waiting to be discovered!

Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, your adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges.

Your first stop is Ormiston Gorge! Keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Here, you'll hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5-hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge. Follow the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.

After your walk, enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.

Then, it's time to journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit. It's still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years and learn about the history.

Next, you'll travel on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most beautiful swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and it's known to them as Udepata.

After a swim here, you'll make your way back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. 


West MacDonnell Ranges 4WD Tour - 1 Day

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Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, swim wear, towel and camera. 

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  • Our Safaris are active participation based tours. We rely on the goodwill of all passengers to make them a success. This includes your assistance in the preparation of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading vehicles.
  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

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Cancellation by you:

  • Due to the extensive planning and costs associated with touring, the following cancellation fees will apply in the event you should cancel for any reason.
    - 30 + days prior to departure – 25% of total price
    - 14 – 29 days prior to departure – 50% of total price
    - Within 14 days – 100% of total price
  • Due to the remote places we visit and the adventurous nature of our safaris, Travel Insurance is highly recommended. We accept no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged property.

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  • At times WAS/WC may have to cancel a tour or service. In the event we do have to cancel, every effort will be made to offer a suitable alternative. If the alternative is not suitable we will refund your tour price in full.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a tour and arrange an alternative operator (if possible) if group numbers are insufficient or combine safaris of differing standards in the event that low numbers are endangering a scheduled departure being cancelled. In this instance passengers will always be upgraded to a higher standard product.

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Wayoutback Australian Safaris
6 Parsons St, Alice Springs NT 0870, Australia


AUD $129
Child up to 16 years: AUD $129
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Next available: 27/10/2019
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