- Professional guide
- Travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- BBQ lunch
- Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
WHERE WE VISIT
- 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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.