West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip From Alice Springs

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Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a day trip from Alice Springs and visit sites including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Ellery Creek. Enjoy stunning outback scenery and abundant photo opportunities as you travel with an expert guide to rock canyons, waterholes, historical sites and other natural wonders. Take time to revel in the region's beauty without rushing on this small-group tour limited to 21 people, with personalized attention from your guide.

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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 areas many natural attractions. Throughout the day, your knowledgeable guide shares informative commentary about the natural and cultural history to the region.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your final stop takes you to Pyndan Camel Tracks. You can also take an optional sunset camel ride (October to March) soaking up the views of the MacDonnell Ranges atop your trusty humpbacked mode of transportation.

Your guide returns you to your Alice Springs hotel to end the tour.

Inclusions for West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip From Alice Springs

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snacks

Exclusions for West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip From Alice Springs

  • Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
  • Gratuities (optional)

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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

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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  • wonderful trip . Swimming in waterholes was a great experience

  • A very good tour highlighting and stopping at th best spots, about 5 or 6' in this direction from Alice Springs. Yes, very good

  • A great tour to see the magnificent landscape and natural formations of Stanley Chasm, Simpson Gap and Glen Helen and Orniston Gorges in the West MacDonnell ranges. It shows why it is called the Red Centre!

  • Many thanks to our tour guide Clive who was very professional and extremely knowledgeable with a touch of humour. Hoghly recommend the tour which provided us with fantastic scenery and a lot of history.

  • We had to alter our day for this trip as the day we chose did not have enough passengers. I'm glad we did as Clive was a most informative guide, a competent driver and an amiable person. He had to get one passenger to the Camel Farm by 5 pm so we all had to be on the ball to complete the whole journey. We made it by 15 mins!. We could have done with a bigger bus but I understand that they had a breakdown that morning that caused a change to a smaller bus. Clive was most sensitive to aboriginal lore and informed us what we could and couldn't do. In Service terms, he runs a tight but friendly ship.

  • Our tour guide was very good and had great knowledge. However I felt the tour wasn't great value for money. it specified afternoon tea which consisted of an apple per person which I felt every one didn't feel was really good enough to be considered afternoon tea especially when it's not a cheap tour.

  • There is not a lot to do in Alice Springs proper and we wanted a full day, small group tour if possible. As luck would have it, there were only four of us, and Matt and Chloe could not have been more friendly, helpful and informative. Chloe is a local and Matt was extremely well informed, so much so, that other tour groups who happened to overlap with us at certain places, followed our group for their local knowledge and sometimes interactive displays. We had a great day, we saw a lot, learned a lot, ate well and were thoroughly entertained. We have been on several tours, both here and overseas, this was one of the best and we couldn't fault it. We can highly recommend Emu Run Experiences, certainly for this tour anyway, and booking it through Viator, well that is always easy.

  • The guide provides us knowledge about the scenic spots and is very helpful. An enjoyable tour!

  • This was a very pleasant tour and gave us a glimpse of the Outback that we wouldn't have seen if we'd just gone to Ayers Rock. I really enjoyed the short walks to beautiful views as well as the refreshing swim at the water hole at the end of the tour.

  • Excellent day out in incredible country. Matt, our driver and guide, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The destinations were all superb. Food was plentiful and delicious. Overall, ' a highly enjoyable day.

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