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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

By Emu Run Experience - Day Tours
Recommended by 94% of travellers
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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.
from
₹10,606.27
per adult
from
₹10,606.27
per adult

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Ages 3-99, max of 24 per group
Duration: 10h
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Mobile ticket
English

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
  • All entrance fees included in tour cost

  • 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
What's not included
  • Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
  • Gratuities

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.

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6762WM

  • 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
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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How much is West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs?
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs price starts from ₹ 10,336.64. Discover and book West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs on Tripadvisor
What is the West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs cancellation policy?
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs on Tripadvisor
Which company provides West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs?
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs is hosted by Emu Run Experience - Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Emu Run Experience - Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6762WM

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Camper38208640200
Camper38208640200
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A must do tour
Long day but we’ll worth it. Kata Tjuṯa and Uluru are both awe inspiring. The bbq at sunset is something that you r
Justcallmetee
Justcallmetee
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Beautiful Australian tucker at Sunset within 300mtrs of Uluru (Ayres Rock)
On-time free pick up at 6.40pm from our hotel, detailed commentary to our half way destination where we got beer a
eddyn2023
eddyn2023
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Emu Run - Highly Recommended
Fantastic day from start to finish! The guides (Yad Brar and Alan) of Emu Experience went above and beyond to make
Jane P
Jane P
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Uluru has been ticked off the bucket list but I don’t feel we really experienced it.
Visiting Australia for a once in a lifetime trip I felt we had to go to Uluru. We tried to get on some smaller tour
99cathyv
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Awesome Rock experience
Fantastic day, a very long day, rock is amazing, Bbq dinner at the rock impressive, the staff were great and very k
David B
David B
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Informative tour
This tour was very informative about the Anangu culture and was interesting. The guide was excellent. Recommended a
mj2837
mj2837
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Great views of Uluru from all angles
This is a great tour if you want to see Uluru from many sides, far, close, front and back. Very interesting to see
donnamD665ZX
donnamD665ZX
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Great day at Uluru
The while day in general was excellent. Our tour guides provided knowledge of the area. Sheldon was excellent as th
999sajeda
999sajeda
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Fabulous but exhausting day.
Our driver Alan was careful and thorough. Very entertaining too. Ziyad took over once we were at Uluṟu. He had very
Caitlyn086
Caitlyn086
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Great transfer, but driver attitude left a bit to be desired
This was a simple way to get us back from dropping our van off in Alice to our cheap flight home from Uluru. Overal
7point1
7point1
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Awesome experience! Good crew!
The folks at Emu Run ran a wonderful day trip from Alice Springs. The guy who drove us to and from provided a good
Hannacourt
Hannacourt
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Kata Tjuta tour
We loved the experience to get out to see Kata Tjuta. The bus was comfortable. The commentary was informative, but
Henry H
Henry H
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Really the only way to do it all in one day
If you're staying in Alice Springs and you want to allocate one day to get to Kata Tjuta nd Uluru, this is your to
503dereckh
503dereckh
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Poor and In experianced guide
EMU promised Professional Well trained guides, ours was anything but that, By his own admission this was his second
503dereckh
503dereckh
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Poor Experiance
The breakfast stop was good, however totally rushed when trying to feed 40+ people in 35 minutes. The sound of the
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Stephenie C
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Dec 2022
Emu Run's tour of the West McDonnell Ranges was a highlight of the trip to Alice Springs. The day is jam-packed full of incredible places and Filippe (our guide) provided an informative and friendly narration as we travelled through the beautiful landscape. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a fabulous day.
Hope to do this tour again in the future.
Written 4 December 2022
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Amazing manatee
6 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
We had a great time today with Emma. She provided enough commentaries to keep us interested - sophisticated enough for adults and relatable enough for my 8 year old. The tour was efficient, on time and every bit interesting. Within the constraints of an organised tour, it could be as active or as relaxing as we wish. The coach was comfortable and lunch was healthy and fresh. Highly recommended.
Written 27 September 2022
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Malcolm M
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia26 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We have just returned from a full day of exploring the West Macdonnell Ranges with our guide Emma. She made the trip interesting with her wealth of knowledge about the area, and went above and beyond with her hospitality. If I were her employer she would definitely be deserving of a pay rise. I highly recommend this tour and if you're considering booking the tour make sure you ask for Emma as your guide. You won't regret it!
Written 29 September 2021
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PMQuestions
North Yorkshire, UK30,475 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This trip started somewhat shakily with us being asked to be outside our hotel a full 30 minutes before the coach even left the Depot. The coach itself was well used and not very comfortable….

But the day picked up and we were able to reach interesting places with good explanations and a decent enough lunch. (More control would have been nice with people making up two wraps before others had even started - there certainly wasn’t enough for 2 each for all).

Other gripes include not sticking to schedules “back on the bus ready to leave at 2,45” being utterly ignored, very frustrating for those who were.

Overall an interesting day out but pretty rough at the edges.
Written 23 September 2022
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Freedom689799
2 contributions
Jan 2023
I did this tour on Friday 13 January 2023.

Our driver/guide told us 14 people were booked on the tour the night before it so Emu Run had catered for 14, but 24 people in total joined at the last minute.

Subsequently there was not enough food. After hiking, three of us shared a single small tortilla wrap filled with scraps of grated carrot and cheese. There may have been tea or coffee left (unlikely) but there were no cups to drinks them from.

This was very disappointing, unacceptable and easily avoidable. If Emu Run had catered for 14 people it should have refused the extra people.

Alternatively if Emu Run wanted to accept extra people on the day they should have told them to bring a picnic.

Another alternative was that the driver/guide could have bought extra food before leaving Alice Springs.

If the driver/guide wasn't allowed to leave the vehicle he could have asked a tourist to run to the supermarket in Alice Springs to buy extra food for the group.

The driver/guide also didn't get to eat (he had three palm-sized pieces of processed meat the group had left) and suggested the group make a complaint to Emu Run.

I emailed Emu Run seven days ago, haven't had a reply, so have emailed them again today and am posting this.
Written 21 January 2023
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bilby J
15 contributions
Sep 2021
This was such a fantastic trip with Emu Run. Our guide, Karen, was so very knowledgable she really added value to what was a brilliant part of the country anyway. Never did you feel rushed although there was a lot to see. The West MacDonnells are a must-visit for anyone visiting Alice Springs - and a reason to go there anyway! There are so many beautiful and interesting places in the West MacDonnells and it takes a full day to really be able to cover them all. In fact, I enjoyed the day so much, I actually returned to some of the places again a few days later. Thank you Karen. Couldn't have had a more knowledgable or friendly guide or one who was dedicated to ensuring her passengers really enjoyed their day.
Written 18 September 2021
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G M
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Jul 2022
A fantastic tour and highly recommended for those with limited time in the Alice.

What a shame that Karen ,our tour guide was so abusive to the passengers. She let us know that she used to be a school teacher and her authoritarian admonitions about tardiness and food service protocols were redolent of a school trip. An unfortunate passenger was a few minutes late back to the bus after one stop. The diatribe given was sarcastic and offensive. We all felt terrible for the offenders, and there was a pall of guilt and fear in the bus for the the remainder of the day. A gluten-free passenger was presented with eye rolls and judgemental comments.

Karen stated she had been working 6 days a week for a long time. I think she cared more about getting back to walk her dogs than giving us a good experience.

Emu Run, please give her a break. She is obviously run down, sick of tourists, and needs to recharge. Her knowledge of the area was fantastic, but the surliness, sarcastic and snide remarks were a dampener on what should have been a terrific tour. Apparently she was an hour late the next day and just as grumpy according to other travellers we met with.
Written 10 July 2022
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Helen C
1 contribution
Sep 2021
We were booked with another tour operator who let us down at the last minute. However, we were very happy to have been able to book into this tour through the Alice Springs Tourist Centre. It was a wonderful day in various locations of the Wes Macdonnell Ranges, and the tour guide and bus driver Emma was brilliant. She was very knowledgeable and highly personable and a credit to Emu Run Tours. I would definitely recommend this to tourists in Central Australia.
Written 10 October 2021
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janine w
Melbourne, Australia242 contributions
Apr 2021
Karen, our guide & driver was fantastic. Professional & friendly with a great knowledge of the area. This is a great tour & nice to be taken to all the fantastic sights rather than a long day driving. We did this tour early April, so it was still quite warm, there was water on the bus, to fill up drink bottles at the stops & we were able to go for a swim at 2 locations.
We had a lovely morning tea Standley Chasm, but don't take too long taking photo's as we did as a lot of the morning tea had been eaten - though we still had enough to eat. We also had a nice lunch of wraps with deli meats & salad
I would definitely recommend you do this tour.
Written 5 June 2021
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Hi Janine! Thank you for the 5-star review! We truly appreciate it. We hope to see you again!
Written 10 August 2021
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Safari40918506573
3 contributions
May 2021
This trip was not too bad but I still downvote it due to my bad experience same week with the same company. In the last tour, the bus was full and not even one extra seat was available and I had a very uncomfortable time to stay next to the person on my neighbor seat. My day was ruined and I could not change my seat. The company is careless on me as a customer and I will never ever choose this company anymore. My downvote will at least help the other people.
Written 24 May 2021
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