West MacDonnells

(ID: 382) *Please quote this number when making enquiries.

Usually dry riverbeds, vast craggy ochre red sandstone gaps and gorges and tranquil waterholes, make up the spectacular landforms of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The presence of ancient Aboriginal dreaming is always evident in the rugged clefts and chasms.
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  • Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured West MacDonnells
  • Pass John Flynn Memorial at the foot of the Mt Gillen
  • The remains of the twin ghost gums painted by Albert Namatjira.
  • Continue to Standley Chasm - a striking deep red cleft that glows with reflected sunlight
  • Walk into the Chasm along the Angkerle Creek bed
  • Enjoy morning tea at Standley Chasm
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole - take a short walk along a creek bed to the cool waterhole below a steep rocky escarpment
  • Stop at the Orchre Pits
  • Visit Glen Helen Gorge - a semi permanent waterhole
  • Enjoy a ploughman's lunch with neer, wine or soft drink
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge and waterhole for a ploughman's lunch
  • Time to relax at the waterhole
  • A refreshing swim may be possible depending on the time of year
  • Make a stop at Simpsons Gap - rich ochre coloured rock walls rising from a sandy creek bed
  • Look for black footed Rock Wallabies along the rocky base
  • Look for eagles, kytes and falcons soaring in the thermal currents above the West MacDonnells
  • Perhaps meet a local lizard


Conducted On:
Departs From:
Alice Springs
Departs At:
8:00 AM
Arrive In:
Alice Springs
Arrive At:
5:30 PM


Hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating in walks.


Exchange Rate
  Adult Child Concession
$ 130
$ 74

Fare Includes:
Entrance to Standley Chasm, morning tea and ploughman's lunch with drink

Prices valid until 31 March 2011
Child price for 4-14 yrs
.Free of charge for under 3 yrs if nursed

  • All rates in AU$ including all taxes.
  • Tour operator may cancel departure or alter tour itineraries as deemed necessary. Itinerary alteration may occur due to road or weather conditions, accommodation availability, strikes, public holidays, cultural and religious traditions etc.

Concession Discounts

Apply to holders of senior or pensioner cards(Australia, UK, Europe, New Zealand and US),full time students, YHA/VIP Members.


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