West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
One Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
Why we Love a 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
A small group is always appealing, throw in a 4×4 safari truck and awesome guide then you’ve got a great tour.
Hike into the majestic Ormiston Gorge, relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole. Visit the world heritage listed Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site and take an afternoon swim at the spectacular Ellery Creek Big Hole. Enjoy a BBQ lunch with your fellow travellers and relax in this truly amazing part of ‘The Territory’..
Your tour will include the following highlights;
- Enjoy a relaxed West MacDonnell Ranges Tour
- Hike, swim and explore Ormiston Gorge and the Ghost Gum Walk
- Experience the Ochre Pits still utilised to this day by Traditional Owners
- Marvel at Ellery Creek Big Hole
- Professional guide
- Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- BBQ Lunch
- Drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, our adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges.
Our first stop is Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.
Afterwards, we journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Travelling on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.
Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
- Departs: Alice Springs Daily from 6:00am
- Returns: Alice Springs approx. 5:30pm
Important Tour Information
- Child / Minimum Age: 8-15 years
- Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
- Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for – Please ask upon booking.
What to Bring
- Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
- Sustainable Water bottle/container (at least 1.5 litres)
- Walking shoes/boots
- If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel between 15-29 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
- Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee
We recommend you purchase Travel Insurance which would cover for such things as road closures, flight, bus or other travel cancellations that would contribute to you missing the departure of your tour.
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