1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

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One day adventure to the West MacDonnell Ranges, See Simpsons Gap, walk into Standley Chasm, and enjoy a light lunch and sip of Wine.

1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
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Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Angkerle (Standley Chasm)
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Ochre Pits
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Glen Helen
  • Simpsons Gap

Tour Info

Code AW-WM
  • Day Tour
Duration 1 Day
Price From $

Vehicle Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Alice Springs @ 08.00 am
Finish Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm

Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The immense cliffs of quartzite at Simpsons Gap are a haven for Black-footed rock- wallabies. See the deep red cleft of Standley Chasm, glow form reflected sunlight creating a breathtaking display of stark form and rich colour.

Experience the mystique of Ellery Creek Big Hole and the cultural significance of the Ochre Pits and visit Spectacular Ormiston Gorge.

Sip on a glass of wine and enjoy a Ploughman's lunch at Glen Helen Resort Gorge with time visit to Glen Helen Gorge.

Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs.

** Welcome to the West MacDonnell Ranges

This morning you're headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and share details of the region's history and rich culture.

** Angkerle (Standley Chasm)

First stop is Angkerle (Standley Chasm). Take a walk along the stony watercourse, where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife and birds.

** Ellery Creek Big Hole

Next you'll arrive at Ellery Creek Big Hole, a spectacular waterhole in the mighty Ellery Creek, which cuts through a gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Thousands of years of massive floods have carved out this beautiful waterhole and unlocked some amazing geology.

** Ochre Pits

Ochre has been used all over the world for decoration and painting since pre-historic times. At this location you can see the natural ochres in the cliff face that have provided a source of materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.

** Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge offers all the spectacular geology and landforms of the Tjoritja/MacDonnell Ranges. The rugged scenery of the gorge is complemented by a near-permanent waterhole, which attracts an interesting variety of native fauna and flora.

** Glen Helen

Enjoy a Ploughman's lunch at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge with time to visit Glen Helen Gorge. The permanent waterhole here is home to many species of animals, including a variety of water birds and fish.

Included Meals: Lunch

** Simpsons Gap

Surrounded by towering cliffs, incredible Simpsons Gap is one of the best known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks. Enjoy the late afternoon sun reflecting on the MacDonnell Ranges as you return to Alice Springs.


  •  Morning tea and lunch
  • entry fees.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

  • Moderate level of fitness required.


  • We will pick up the passengers form selected motel and Hotel with in the City CBD or with in the walking distance from your hotel.
  • Not from the hotel Lobby in front of the Hotel, be there 5 to 10 minutes prior to the pick up time. 
  • Child price is applicable under 12 Years. 
  • Operation reserve the rights to change the Itinerary.


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