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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

From US$98.10
Highlights
  • 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
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
From US$98.10
Overview
Pack the highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges into a single day tour from Alice Springs. With someone else driving, you can focus on the stunning scenery and listen to commentary. See Glen Helen, Ellery Creek, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, and Simpsons Gap, with chances to swim and hike along the way (plus a camel-ride upgrade option). Hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless trip.
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.
Reviews (61)
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Reviewed 5 days ago
A superb day, very well organised

This was our first day trip during our stay in Alice and it was truly excellent. We were liberally provided for with snacks and lunch; our driver/guide "Bluey" was very knowledgeable about everything on the trip - history, plants, geology etc. Visited 8 different places...More

Thank Hedgehog44
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Hedgehog44, appreciate the kind words on the tour and our guide. Glad you had a superb day at the MacDonnell Ranges and hope to see you back :) Cheers

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
What a hoot!

Had Bluey as our driver/ guide and what a beaut. Entertaining and informative throughout. The tour is a great way to stop and see the popular landmarks along the way, with stops for lunch and a few tea breaks.

1  Thank Steve W
Emu Run E, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Steve, appreciate the kind words on the tour and our guide! Thanks for taking the time to write a review and hope to catch you again, soon! Cheers

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic day out!

What an incredible day out! The day was exactly what we needed - swimming, great chats/ food and full of history and culture. Kim our tour guide was fantastic! We really enjoyed the time between stops because you could put your feet up on the...More

1  Thank Emilyk8852014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Nice day trip

Harry our guide was great and it was nice to get out and see some of the range. Had time for a swim at the last stop, but the others even though there was some time it wasn’t enough.More

1  Thank malloryn691
Emu Run E, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Mallory, appreciate the kind words on our guide and glad you had a great time. We try to show most of what the NT could offer to travellers who have limited time here in a day and that sometimes means lesser times in some...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
I’m so glad I booked this tour!

This was a great experience! Maddi, our delightful tour guide with a joint degree in geology and ecology, was a wealth of information about the geological formations, vegetation and animals we saw throughout the day as well as the history of this place. The beauty...More

1  Thank Cynthia S
Emu Run E, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Cynthia, very heartwarming to know that you enjoyed, we are very proud of our guides and glad that you appreciated it. We are very happy that you had a lovely time with us and enjoyed the Red Centre. Thank you for your kind words...More

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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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