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West MacDonnell Ranges Tours and Activities

In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre lie the West MacDonnell Ranges. 1,500 kilometres south of Darwin and just west of the infamous Alice Springs, the western MacDonnell Ranges offer an enchanting look into an ancient culture and an even older landscape.

The best ways to explore the often rugged territory are by 4WD, motor-home, or even on bike -a mode of transport that is surprisingly well catered for, with even the famous Simpson’s Gap providing a seven kilometre section of sealed bike track.

Covering an area of just over 2,000 square kilometres, the canyons, gorges, and waterholes in the West MacDonnell National Park area provide a stunning and insightful backdrop for any number of outdoor activities, including camping, swimming, and hiking, to name a few.

Hiking enthusiasts should consider the 250 kilometre Larapinta Trail, which traverses the ranges from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder. This trail can be hiked either with a guided tour or independently, but independent hikers should seek expert guidance before their tour as the conditions can be harsh. Those not wishing to undertake the full length of the famous trail can choose to do shorter sections.

Dingoes, native fish, carpet pythons, and endemic birdlife frequent most areas of the Western MacDonnell ranges, especially those that are more obscure and located off the well travelled roads. The summer months see the Ormiston Gorge, in particular, a haven for a large assortment of native reptiles.

The West MacDonnell Ranges are rich in indigenous culture and historical locales. The Ranges, like the rest of the Territory, are most pleasant in the cooler months of April to September. Camping facilities are well maintained and modern, and the National Park is accessible year round, with the exception of short periods of sporadic road closures following heavy rain.

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

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Explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a full-day tour from Alice Springs. Travel with an expert guide to highlights such as Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek and Glen Helen. Have time to enjoy the region's natural beauty and capture photo ops of the Australian Outback as you hike into rock canyons, discover hidden waterholes and view historical sites. Chances to swim and hike along the way
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Half Day Outback Roam
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Half Day Outback Roam

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A truly unique way to experience the rugged beauty of Central Australia. Finke River Adventures use ATV vehicles and pack the most fun and adventure into a half day tour you can experience in Central Australia. Travelling along our own tracks where few others have ever been, we are uniquely licensed to show you places of extraordinary beauty in a fun and exciting experience.
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2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta Trip from Alice Springs

2-Day Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta Trip from Alice Springs

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Immerse yourself in the mythical desert landscape of the Outback on this 2-day tour from Alice Springs. Witness an awe-inspiring sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and admire the majestic rock formations of Kata Tjuta. Delve into aboriginal history at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and come face-to-face with ancient rock art at the Mutitjulu waterhole. Travel by comfortable coach, and stay overnight your choice of accommodation near Ayers Rock.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since West MacDonnell Ranges can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 3 West MacDonnell Ranges tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to West MacDonnell Ranges costs USD 121.37. Guided West MacDonnell Ranges tours start around USD 121.37 per person. See all 3 West MacDonnell Ranges tickets and tours on Viator.
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