West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

  • 10 hours
  • Departs 7.45am
  • Standard Group Tour
  • Alice Springs
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Additional Information

Overview

Overview

Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this fascinating one day tour. 

Marvel at towering fiery red walls set aglow by the desert sun as you drive along the ranges. 

We tour through these amazing ranges all day and stop at beautiful gorges and waterholes, where we can enjoy a refreshing swim in the warmer months.

1 DAY WEST MACDONNELL RANGES HIGHLIGHTS

Don’t forget your camera! Every moment of this memorable one day tour is worth capturing.

You’ll visit:

  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Ochre Pits
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Glen Helen
  • Ellery Creek Bighole
  • Flynn Memorial
  • Optional swim at Ellery Creek Bighole (summer only)

All activities are considered very safe for all age groups. They do not require a high level of fitness or agility. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

Each day tour includes:

  • Morning tea
  • Fresh Buffet Lunch
  • Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
  • Experienced, friendly tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Entry fee to Standley Chasm

Operated By

Emu Run Experience

What to Expect

What to Expect

TOUR ITINERARY: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

7:45 AM

Your guide will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation.

You’ll see spectacular outback scenery and have ample photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. 

MORNING

Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge. 

LUNCHTIME / EARLY AFTERNOON

Our next stop is at Glen Helen for a sit-down buffet lunch. On our way back to Alice Springs, we stop to spend time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months!

LATE AFTERNOON / EVENING

The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. 

In the winter months, these mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return journey to Alice Springs.

You can expect to be back at your accommodation at approximately 5:30 pm.

Additional Information

Additional Information

What are the departure and return times?

We leave Alice Springs at approximately 7:45 am and return to Alice Springs at around 5:30 pm.

Can I bring my family?

Yes. Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on our tour and are charged at a child rate.

All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for their care.

What should I bring on the tour?

  • Proof of booking (can include the e-version delivered to your email)
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Hat (wide-brimmed is best)
  • Flynet
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Casual and comfortable clothing (cool, light clothing is best in summer and warm clothing for winter)
  • Travel pillow (we will be driving after nightfall)
  • Cash for purchasing dot painting directly from artists at sunset

How many people are on each tour?

We have a maximum of 36 people on each tour. You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus.

How fit do I have to be?

There is a variety of short walks on this tour that can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels.