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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

Highlights
  • See multiple highlights of West MacDonnell National Park on a single tour
  • Hear commentary about the history and geology of the park
  • Pack light: enjoy a provided picnic lunch by a water hole and stops for tea
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
From US$ 95.81
Overview
Pack the highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges into a single day tour from Alice Springs. With someone else driving, you can focus on the stunning scenery and listen to commentary. See Glen Helen, Ellery Creek, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, and Simpsons Gap, with chances to swim and hike along the way (plus a camel-ride upgrade option). Hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless trip.
What to Expect
After early morning pickup from your Alice Springs hotel in a climate-controlled vehicle, head for West MacDonnell National Park.

On your first walk at Simpsons Gap, stop at a natural rock amphitheater, home to the rare black-footed wallaby. Move on to Standley Chasm, where you’ll enjoy morning tea and a stroll under acacias, ghost gums, and cypress pines. At the Ochre Pits, visit a sacred ceremony site for the Arrernte people.

Next, head to Ormiston Gorge for a picnic lunch by the water hole before continuing on to the Mt. Sonder lookout, one of Central Australia’s highest points, for epic views and photo ops. Then, cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, and learn about the site’s geology from your guide.

The day’s last activity, available as an upgrade in October through March, is a camel ride during sunset. Relax on the ride back to your hotel.
Reviews (65)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Nice way to spend a day

A nice way to spend a day. Some as walking to see some amazing views. Great tour guide Bluey who had an extremely wide knowledge of the area.

Thank BillTaylor2014
Reviewed 28 November 2018
9 stops and 9.5hr tour - fabulous

I has always wanted to visit the red centre and in Alice Springs the West MacDonnell Ranges were of most interest. I organised a long weekend and booked the day tour online - had an 8am pickup on a Saturday morning. Kimberley was our tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Apolonia70
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Hi Apolonia, we really appreciate the kind words on the tour and our guide! We are also very happy that you had a great day and kudos to 460 photos :) Thank you for the detailed experience and the recommendation. Really appreciate the effort given....More

Reviewed 21 November 2018
must do in Alice

We took a day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rolo was an experienced and safe driver, who had everything well organised and gave an informative commentary. We were picked up on time from our hotel in Alice Springs and stopped...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Keith T
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2018

Hi Keith, appreciate the great review and recounting your experience for the day! It was an excellent read. Thank you for the time spent writing the review and the recommendation. We are very glad that you had a great time during your tour and learned...More

Reviewed 16 November 2018
A superb day, very well organised

This was our first day trip during our stay in Alice and it was truly excellent. We were liberally provided for with snacks and lunch; our driver/guide "Bluey" was very knowledgeable about everything on the trip - history, plants, geology etc. Visited 8 different places...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Hedgehog44
emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

Hi Hedgehog44, appreciate the kind words on the tour and our guide. Glad you had a superb day at the MacDonnell Ranges and hope to see you back :) Cheers

Reviewed 4 November 2018
What a hoot!

Had Bluey as our driver/ guide and what a beaut. Entertaining and informative throughout. The tour is a great way to stop and see the popular landmarks along the way, with stops for lunch and a few tea breaks.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Steve W
Emu Run E, Public Relations Manager at Emu Run Experience - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

Hi Steve, appreciate the kind words on the tour and our guide! Thanks for taking the time to write a review and hope to catch you again, soon! Cheers

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There was a (very respectable) lunch provided. Also : morning tea break (biscuits included), plus afternoon snack consisting of cake + fresh fruit. Chilled water supplies were also carried during the trip and available from... More
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