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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. Numbers are limited to 24 people on this small-group tour, which allows for a more intimate experience with your guide.


  • Full-day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, from Alice Springs
  • Marvel at stunning red rock formations at Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap and Mount Sonder
  • Visit the Ochre Pits and learn how Aboriginal people traditionally used ochre for ceremony and trade
  • See impressive waterholes at Ormiston Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Look for wildlife such as the black-footed rock wallaby, Pacific heron and white-faced heron
  • Includes all transportation, expert guide, morning tea, picnic lunch and afternoon snacks
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people allows for a more customized tour

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What You Can Expect

West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

West MacDonnell Ranges

Start early with pickup at your Alice Springs hotel and set off in your air-conditioned coaster or seat rosa for West MacDonnell National Park.

Start with a walk at Simpsons Gap to see a natural rock amphitheater that is home to endangered black-footed rock wallabies. Next, head to Standley Chasm for morning tea and a stroll along trails lined with acacias, cycads, ghost gums and cypress pines. Continue on to Ochre Pits, where rock walls are covered by white, yellow and red ochre, used for sacred ceremonies of the local Arrernte peoples.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Ormiston Gorge, a large waterhole surrounded by red rock and visited by waterbirds such as the Pacific heron and white-faced heron. After eating, drive to Mt Sonder lookout for views of a towering sandstone wall and Mt Sonder, one of the highest points in Central Australia.

Next up, visit Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of central Australia's most pristine waterholes. Cool off with a swim and hear from your guide about the significance of the geology. Then wind down your tour as sunset splashes over the MacDonnell Ranges. Have the option to join a sunset camel ride (October to March- own expense) for your final activity of the day.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent day out in incredible country. Matt, our driver and guide, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The destinations were all superb. Food was plentiful and delicious. Overall, ' a highly enjoyable day.

Karla H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a wonderful day with Clive. He was knowledgeable and entertaining all day long. We learned so much about the area, and we appreciated the opportunity to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges!

Bianca G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was great! Our guide Eric was so enthusiastic and knowledgable we could ask him anything and he would have the answer (or find it out). Everything was hassle free and oh my god I had know idea how pretty the places were! If you have one extra day in Alice do it! you will not regret it!!

Robin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic day out with a very obliging guide/Driver who took us to some locations with amazing scenery,
Made up a great lunch for us and enjoyed a good laugh with us as well as some knowledgeable discourse at the various stops. I could do this one again!

graham g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a very informative and spectacular tour of the West McDonnell ranges, with an excellent driver who managed to stop us crashing when one of the tyres blew on the coach. Unforgettable!

Stephen B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very entertaining guide who showed us many of the sights of the West MacDonnell Ranges. This was much more interesting than I expected and Ormiston Gorge was simply spectacular. Guide gave us good background information.

Florence Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Was absolutely amazing day. Scenery quite different to anything I had seen before. The waterholes were also beautiful, Great guide. Really knew his stuff. Unfortunately not a lot of wild life around apart from some beautiful birds

Mr K H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a first class guide, Clive, for this trip and his knowledge of the area and bush life made a very special day out. Nice small group, he produced the mid morning snack and an excellent picnic lunch in nice surroundings, and the swim/paddle in the afternoon was very welcome. The scenery was wonderful, and the information provided helped us understand something of how the Aboriginal people lived.

Mircea V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great day trip. Our guide Clive was very informative.

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