MacDonnell Ranges Tours

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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.

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Address: Alice Springs, Australia
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Early Morning Ballooning in Alice Springs

Sometimes driving through a small part of the Australian Outback isn’t enough.  See the desert from above on a morning hot-air balloon ride. This tour from Alice Springs gets you up in the air near dawn for either a 30- or 60-minute ride. Spot wildlife, including the elusive Red Kangaroo, from above, take in views of the landscape, and enjoy sparkling wine afterward.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a full-day tour from Alice Springs. Travel with an expert guide to highlights such as Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek and Glen Helen. Have time to enjoy the region's natural beauty and capture photo ops of the Australian Outback as you hike into rock canyons, discover hidden waterholes and view historical sites. Chances to swim and hike along the way
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Ayers Rock Day Trip from Alice Springs Including Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Sunset BBQ Dinner

Travel from Alice Springs to World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Considered the spiritual of the Red Centre, these two sacred sites feature stunning scenery and significant cultural importance. Discover the highlights with your guides, who take you to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Mala walk and the Cultural Centre. Learn about local Aboriginal history and traditions during this all-inclusive tour. Includes a buffet breakfast, lunch, snacks and an Aussie barbecue during the sunset at Uluru.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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  • Duration: 18 hours
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Alice Springs Camel Tour

Enjoy an authentic desert adventure right in the heart of Australia, as you ride a camel close to Alice Springs. Mount up for a thrilling 1-hour circuit along red sand tracks and forest trails; and spot wild kangaroos and wallabies from your unique vantage point. Finally, stop for a memorable photo against a dramatic backdrop of the Western MacDonell Ranges.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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5-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta 4WD Camping Tour

Camp in the Outback on this 5-day tour of Australia’s Red Centre, departing from Alice Springs. Travel by 4WD vehicle to Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Swim in rock holes, take guided walks, and see the monoliths at sunrise and sunset. On a visit to the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community, you’ll witness ancient cave paintings and hear storytelling by Aboriginal guides. Enjoy campfire meals and sleep under the stars in private bush camps on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Duration: 5 days
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West MacDonnell Ranges Pool to Pool

Beat Australia's summer heat on this water-focused tour of the Wes MacDonnell Ranges. Spend the whole day pool-hopping in the national park with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Stops include Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, the Glen Helen Gorge, and others for chances to don your bathing suit and jump in. Along the way, listen to guided commentary on the area's ecology and wildlife.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon

Explore the Australian Outback on a four-day camping tour that takes you to iconic sites in the Red Centre, including Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Begin the tour in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock and travel with your expert guide by 4WD-vehicle. Hike, swim and sleep in a swag or permanent tent under the stars on a small-group tour that is limited to 16 people for a more customized experience of stunning Central Australia.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Alice Springs Desert Park Nocturnal Tour

Discover the plants, animals, and people of Australia’s central desert environments during a 1.5-hour evening tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park. Your guide leads you on a nighttime walking tour that allows you to see creatures such as echidna and mala (rufous-hare wallaby) as they become active after dark.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$33.05
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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