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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 24 people, with personalized attention from your guide.
  • See multiple highlights of West MacDonnell National Park on a single tour
  • Hear commentary about the history and geology of the park
  • Pack light: enjoy a provided picnic lunch by a water hole and stops for tea
  • All entrance fees included in tour cost
What to Expect
After early morning pickup from your Alice Springs hotel in a climate-controlled vehicle, head for West MacDonnell National Park. On your first walk at Simpsons Gap, stop at a natural rock amphitheater, home to the rare black-footed wallaby. Move on to Standley Chasm, where you’ll enjoy morning tea and a stroll under acacias, ghost gums, and cypress pines. At the Ochre Pits, visit a sacred ceremony site for the Arrernte people. Next, head to Ormiston Gorge for a picnic lunch by the water hole before continuing on to the Mt. Sonder lookout, one of Central Australia’s highest points, for epic views and photo ops. Then, cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, and learn about the site’s geology from your guide. The day’s last activity, available as an upgrade in October through March, is a camel ride during sunset. Relax on the ride back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.
Departure Time
7:45 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Entry/Admission - MacDonnell Ranges
  • Entry/Admission - Simpsons Gap
  • Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 31 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 30 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great day tour to this magical part of Central Australia. Something awe inspiring at each stop. Ali was a very enthusiatic guide and the whole tour was very well organised. Although lots of tours cover this area this tour seems to reach each destination so...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 2609HelenE
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide Eva was excellent and explained everything really well! She was a great driver too which meant the bus ride was comfortable. This tour covers all the great spots in the West MacDonnell ranges and allows plenty of time to enjoy each site....More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nvasili
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are experienced travellers and this was one of the best tours we’ve been on! Great coverage of everything you need to see in the area and made all the better by our amazing tour guide Eva who was friendly, personable, very approachable and made...More

Thank CharlieJordan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard that the West McDonnell Ranges was a great day trip from Alice Springs. We had a beautiful day and were picked up promptly from our hotel. We stopped at the John Flynn monument and then proceeded. Our tour guide, Jackson, was not...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Babette L
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi BethfromA2, appreciate the review and thank you for the feedback given so we may continuously improve our services.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges was excellent. The colours were amazing, the waterholes beautiful colours of green, who knew these were in such a dry area of Australia. We saw so much in one day, our driver/guide was great, giving such good accounts...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 849Laurel
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 849Laurel, appreciate the kind words on our tour. We are glad that you had a great time touring the West MacDonnell Ranges and thank you for joining us. We hope to see you back! Cheers

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Wendy M
7 March 2019|
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Response from Apolonia70 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - didn't do this but April would be better weather - not so hot - try operator Camel tracks for their sunset tour - google camel tracks
26 April 2018|
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Response from LaurenceS721 |
There was a (very respectable) lunch provided. Also : morning tea break (biscuits included), plus afternoon snack consisting of cake + fresh fruit. Chilled water supplies were also carried during the trip and available from... More
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