1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Explorer Tour

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Hike the picturesque Ghost Gum Walk into the majestic Ormiston Gorge before spending time relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole. Visit the world heritage listed Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site and take an afternoon swim at the spectacular Ellery Creek Big Hole. Enjoy a BBQ lunch with your fellow travellers and relax in this truly amazing part of 'The Territory'.

1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Explorer Tour
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Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Ghost Gum Wall
  • Ochre Pits
  • BBQ Lunch
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole

Tour Info

Code WD-W01
  • Classic 4WD
Duration 1 Day
Price From $
Vehicle 4WD Truck
Suitability 5+ Years
Start Alice Springs @ 6.00 am
Finish Alice Springs @ 5.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

& Ellery Creek

Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, our adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Our first stop is Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the "Ghost Gum Walk", a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.

Afterwards, we journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.

Travelling on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.

Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.

Tour Inclusions

Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle, BBQ lunch, and drinking water (please provide your own bottle).




Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle (1.5 litres), walking shoes/boots, swim wear, towel and camera. 



Our Safaris are active participation based tours. We rely on the good will of all passengers to make them a success. This includes your assistance in the preparation of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading vehicles.

Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.

Safari is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

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