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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs provided by Emu Run Experience - Day Tours

West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

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US$ 110.99
2 adults
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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.
  • 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
  • All entrance fees included in tour cost
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.
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Important Information
  • Morning Tea
  • Fresh Buffet Lunch
  • Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
  • Experienced, friendly tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Entry fee to Standley Chasm
  • Entry/Admission - MacDonnell Ranges
  • Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Pyndan Camel Tracks Alice Springs
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle and swimwear during the summer months
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel between 4 and 30 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel at least 31 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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Darren H wrote a review 10 Sep
17 contributions5 helpful votes
If your in Alice with not much time to see things I highly recommend this company. We did the West Mac one day tour and it was fantastic. Our driver " Bluey" is a credit to their company. He gives you all the history of the ranges and you can see he enjoys his job. The tour is
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 1 week ago
Hey Darren! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. Bluey is definitely a star and has the gift that he is more than willing to share to as many people as he could. We would be more than happy to have you in one of our tours again. See you soon? Cheers!
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Sandie C wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions
We went on this tour on 8th March 2020 , what a fantastic day, our tour guide Michael ( I think ) was fantastic it was great to meet people from all over the world, it was my mother’s first time in Alice Springs and this tour just topped it all of as a great couple of days thank
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 17 Aug 2020
Hi 306sandiec, we are very glad that you and your mum had a wonderful experience with us. We wish to share more memories with you guys soon! Cheers
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tgimlin wrote a review Feb 2020
Kent, Washington24 contributions12 helpful votes
Visited several water holes in the McConnell Range. They were interesting but probably not worth spending an entire day. Swimming at the one hole was fun and refreshing. Heat (112F) and flies very bad. Couldn’t escape the flies even in the bus as they swarmed in every time the
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Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi tgimlin! Thanks for dropping a review. We do agree that flies are everywhere in the area that is why we highly recommend flynets and bug sprays. But thank you for your suggestion, we will be looking into this option. Cheers!
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ilovearmor wrote a review Feb 2020
Allyn, Washington47 contributions27 helpful votes
Bluey was our guide for our full day trip of the West MacDonell range. He was very knowledgeable of the area and of local history. Bus was comfortable. Trip included many stops and very short hikes to see beautiful views. Even included a swimming experience. Be sure to bring
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Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 4 Mar 2020
Hi ilovearmor! Happy to hear that you had a great time with Bluey. We have new tours coming and we really hope to see you again in one of those! Cheers
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Lyzzee1977 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia126 contributions13 helpful votes
This tour was a last minute booking and we were all thrilled with the day. We are a family of two adults, a 13 year old and an 8 year old and this tour was fantastic for all of us. We saw some truly spectacular scenery and our guide was knowledgeable and engaging. There was
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Response from emurunexperience, Public Relations Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 8 Jan 2020
Hi Lyzzee, appreciate your review and thank you for the kind words. Glad you had a great time! See you back. Cheers
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Key Details
  • MacDonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap, and 7 more
  • Duration: 10h
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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