Our driver was extremely knowledgeable about the area and being in a small 20 seater it was a nice group. The Desert Park was extremely interesting and most certainly worth a visit. Our driver took us into the park, gave a run down on timings of happenings etc.
The morning at West MacDonnell Ranges with our friendly and knowledgeable driver-guide was perfect. Also a good afternoon at the Desert Park.
The West McDonnell tour was well worth the trip. We drove with good commentary from the bus driver and walked between the Standley Chasm. We saw several black-footed wallabies at Simpsons Gap. We talked to everyone in the tour group and met someone from England who accompanied us on the Desert Park tour in the afternoon. We had a great time observing the native habitat of flowers, trees, and bushes, as well as birds, emus and kangaroos.
The guide on the West MacDonnell ranges was informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the two walks, I added on the Desert park as a late option and at 42 USD each was a complete waste of money. The coach simply dropped us off and picked us up 2 hours later. The park itself was divided into different areas and areas where designated to shows and displays but their was simply no shows organised and apart from the avaries and going into a compound with a few red kangaroos that was it really, the cafe was closed and later the manager of our hotel told us that seemed to be always the case and he had received numerous complaints about how poor the Dessert park was.
Would not recommend -- more time should have been allotted to longer, more interesting hikes. Alice Springs Desert Park addition is unnecessary.
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