We really didn't know what to expect and the bus picked us up and what a great bus it was. It was like a 4wd truck. They headed of to Simpsons Gap. Beautiful which we walked and had a look and then as we came back to the bus the driver pulled out tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cake and biscuits.
Then off to Standley Chasm. It also was beautiful. After we finished the 1.2km walk we went back and had sandwiches, potato chips and a drink served. Very delicious.
Those of us who went onto the Alice Springs Desert Park were dropped off and then picked up again but we had a choice of what times we wanted picked up. I personally wouldn't bother with Alice Springs Desert Park again but for the price we paid it was very good value.
I loved this tour. The tour guide was very wonderful. We went to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasim. Both places were beautiful. I also had the optional walking tour at Desert Park. This was very interesting and I was surprised to see all the flowering native flowers. The nocturnal house was great.
Our guide was really friendly. Saw 3 wild rock wallabies. 5 people out of 10-15 chose to go to the Desert Park. 3 people went back to the city at 14:30, but me (solo traveler) and the other solo traveler decided to stay there until 16:30. It's pretty small, but worth visiting for sure.
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.
A very interesting and scenically half day trip into the Mountains. We took the option of entry to the Desert Park which was a very worthwhile experience of the region's flora and fauna.
This was an enjoyable tour. Lunch was only sandwiches not bushtucker. The Desert Park option was not what we expected as just dropped off and then picked up later.
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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