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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 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 $702.57

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 $73.60

6-Day Larapinta Trail Walking Tour from Alice Springs

Discover why the Larapinta Trail is one of Central Australia's most unique and remote attractions. Starting from Alice Springs this small-group tour, with a ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,375.39

MacDonnell Ranges Hiking Tour: Glen Helen to Mt Sonder

Enjoy a 10-mile (16km) hiking tour of Mt Sonder, the fourth tallest mountain in the Northern Territory. View stunning scenery as you look out over the West ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $103.34

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