Offering spectacular views both east and west of Alice Springs, the MacDonnell Ranges are a 400 mile (644 kilometer) stretch of mountain ranges. The ranges hold some of the Northern Territory's finest attractions including the ancient ghost gums and rock wallabies at the majestic Simpson's Gap, the stark beauty of Standley Chasm in the midday sun and the secluded waterholes of Serpentine Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole.

The ranges are dotted with micro-climates offering rare wildlife including the Centralian Tree Frog that lives in some of the very cold rock pools.

There are many sites of significance to the traditional owners, the Arrernte. These include ancient rock paintings at Emily Gap, Trephina Gorge and N’Dhala Gorge. You can also visit the old ochre pits where they quarried for ochre pigment.

Practical Info

The range is popular with bush walkers as the 140 mile (223 kilometer) Larapinta Trail runs along the ridge and into the plains below.

The Larapinta Trail is divided into twelve sections with most trail-heads close to the big-ticket attractions. Some access tracks are not suitable for buses or caravans and difficult in wet weather.

Tours & Tickets

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3-Day Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) via Kings Canyon Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the ancient landscapes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta on a three-day tour from Alice Springs. You'll see the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock), ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $671.15

Best 5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the real Australian outback on this 5-day, small-group camping from Alice Springs. Travel by 4WD vehicle on- and off-road along bush tracks to Uluru ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $829.88

Best Uluru (Ayers Rock) and The Olgas Tour Including Sunset Dinner from Alice Springs

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Get the full Ayers Rock experience on this day trip from Alice Springs to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. World Heritage-listed Uluru, the large sandstone ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 18 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.48

4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Spend your days hiking, swimming and exploring, and sleep under the southern stars on a four-day Australian outback camping tour. Traveling by off-road 4WD ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $684.92

Best Sunrise Ballooning in Alice Springs

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Float above the Outback desert on this exciting hot air balloon adventure! Rise before dawn and watch your balloon inflate in the early rays of daybreak, ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.97

West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.75

Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

At the very heart of Australia lies the historic town of Alice Springs - the pioneering gateway to a mysterious land of natural monuments, colorful outback ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.75

2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) National Park Explorer Trip from Alice Springs

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Your two day independent coach tour includes the highlights of Uluru (Ayers Rock) National Park. Travel by luxury coach from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock and ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, concludes Ayers Rock, Australia
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night

From USD $398.63

Alice Springs Camel Tour

Join a one-hour camel tour during your stay in Alice Springs. This gentle camel ride starts from Pyndan Station located approximately 20-minutes by road from ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.49

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