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MacDonnell Ranges

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Mountains
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Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You could spend a week or more exploring the highlights of these ranges. We enjoyed Jessie Gap, Trephina Gorge and Arltunga to the East and Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm to the West of Alice Springs.

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Newcastle, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a very well organised, well maintained National Park with stunning views everywhere you look. Wonderful desert scenery and excellent amenities throughout.

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Melbourne, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

the West MacDonnell Ranges are easily accessible via Alice and mostly accessible via a 2WD car as most of the roads are sealed. We were advised not to take our car to Serpentine and we also had to give Standley a miss due to time. The little bit of the road going to Serpentine looked in good condition, suitable for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
49 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Driving along the ranges assists the parents explain how small and temporary we are in the history of this great land. It was beautiful and awe inspiring as the colours changed at dusk and again at dawn.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Beautiful scenery , The country is well looked after by visitors who respect the land. Not commercialised like Ayres Rock.

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Alice Springs, Australia
2 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was the perfect day :) clife was fun and told interesting things! we had the chance to walk very relaxed through the beauty of central australia! easy walks and very good food (even for vegetarian and fluten free) i loved it!

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Sydney, Australia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
158 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I had previously visited the West MacDonnells and decided this time to see the East MacDonnells as well as return to some of the West's attractions. The East is a much shorter distance, going between Alice Springs and The Ross River Resort, where I stayed the night. There are not as many places to see, but it is just as... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

So happy to have visited this area on a one day trip, exceptionally beautiful. I would now like to return and visit the whole area at a more leisurely pace, but a day trip was a great way to get a broad overview of an amazing area, hoping to explore more fully next time.

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new zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We drove to Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges, both places are truly stunning, if your a keen photographer you won't be disappointed. Arrive at Standley Chasm around 11.30 > noon for best lighting for photos, Simpsons Gap was gorgeous

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Ulladulla, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Most of the treks were good, but we did not get to do the Ormiston gorge as we had left it too late, should drive to it first and then work your way back, Standley Chasm was very nice good walk and easy pace, can camp up there, Ellerey water hole was really lovely, someone needs to hire canoes so... More

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