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