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West MacDonnell Ranges Pool to Pool

From $72.31
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Morning tea and snacks to keep you energized
  • Water bottled included for hydration in the hot Australian summer
West MacDonnell Ranges Pool to Pool
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West MacDonnell Ranges Pool to Pool
From $72.31
Beat Australia's summer heat on this water-focused tour of the Wes MacDonnell Ranges. Spend the whole day pool-hopping in the national park with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere. Stops include Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, the Glen Helen Gorge, and others for chances to don your bathing suit and jump in. Along the way, listen to guided commentary on the area's ecology and wildlife.
What to Expect
  • First stop is for morning tea at Simpsons Gap. This gorgeous spot, popular with Alice Springs locals, offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (sorry, no swimming) rich in native wildlife. Follow the dry creek bed and massive River Red Gums to a dramatic gap in the range, featuring towering cliffs on either side. Keep your eyes out for the famous colony of adorable Black-footed Rock Wallabies!
  • Swimming is next at Ellery Creek Big Hole, the biggest and deepest waterhole in Central Australia. You’ll be amazed that this natural wonder exists in Outback Australia. A sandy beach lines this huge waterhole, offering superb swimming and sun baking amongst incredible scenery.
  • Ormiston Gorge has become a must-see on any visit to the West Macs. The spectacular scenery features the soaring cliffs of an ancient mountain range, incredible rock formations, a string of beautiful waterholes leading to a picturesque sandy river bed lined by giant River Red Gums. Walk up to a stunning lookout, overlooking a beautiful swimming hole and the immense gorge. After the walk, cool off with a swim in this surprisingly big and deep permanent waterhole.
  • Nestled on the banks of the Finke river, against the sheer cliffs of the MacDonnell Ranges, historic Glen Helen Homestead is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Enjoy an a la carte lunch in the restaurant, or just cool off with a drink or an ice cream (not included in the tour price). Then take the short walk down a gorgeous waterhole for a swim next to the striking Glen Helen Gorge.
  • Next, we drive up to the magnificent Mt Sonder Lookout. This 360 ⁰ vista looks out towards the imposing Mt Sonder and over a beautifully scenic part of the Finke river. Bring your camera as the view is a favourite spot for photographers and landscape artists.
  • Then we switch into 4WD for a short off-road drive down to the Finke River for a refreshing swim or a relaxing break on the shady river bank.
  • After your relaxing and enjoyable summer’s day in the West Macs we’ll take you back to Alice Springs and drop you off at your accommodation.
  • friendly and experienced tour guide
  • modern, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle (10 seater)
  • morning tea (coffee, tea, biscuits)
  • fresh fruit, snacks
  • 1 x 600 ml water bottle and extra water for the day
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Reviews (14)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wounderfull waterholes

A great tour.The guide was great with plenty of information.,saw so much and those pools were so good to cool off with the summer heat. A must do tour

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ian B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely amazing day

This tour was excellent. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tour goes to such beautiful swimming spots and a great pub for lunch. Would definitely recommend!

Thank mattn807
OutbackEliteTours, Owner at Outback Elite Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello mattn807, thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. We are very happy to read that you had a fantastic time! All the best, Filippo Gelada Outback Elite Tours

Reviewed April 7, 2018
Fabulous Filippo!

My friend and I booked this tour based on the reviews- we could not have asked for more... Filippo was incredibly knowledgeable and informative and had a fantastic energy and enthusiasm for this special part of the world. We also really enjoyed the yummy scones...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jen376
Filippo G, Owner at Outback Elite Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Hello jen376, thank you for your review. I am very happy to read you had a fabulous day! I look forward to have you on board again for another adventure next time you will visit the Red Centre! Kind Regards, Filippo Gelada Outback Elite Tours

Reviewed March 27, 2018
Great day at the Waterholes and through the Ranges with an awesome guide!

Fantastic Day with impressive views of Simsons Gap, relaxed swimming at 3 different spots, soaking in the views of gorges and creeks, a quick stop a Mt. Sonder Lookout and a hint of 4x4 driving, down to Finke River... Filippo, Owner and Operater of Outback...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Philip H
Filippo G, Owner at Outback Elite Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2018

Hello Philip H, thank you very much for you review. I am very glad you enjoyed the tour and the amazing waterholes. The West MacDonnell Ranges are so beautiful! Do not hesitate to contact me again when back in Alice Springs...there is so much more...More

Reviewed March 23, 2018
Absolutely fantastic day with Filippo

We had a an amazing day and learnt so much. Filippo was a great guide and made us feel so welcome. He given brought home made scones and brewed fresh coffee for us! Swimming in the different creeks was a wonderful experience and much needed...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ashkathy61
Filippo G, Owner at Outback Elite Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2018

Hello ashkathy61 thank you for your review. I ma really glad you had an amazing day visiting the fantastic West Macs! I look forward to have you on tour again! Kind Regards, FIlippo Gelada Outback Elite Tours

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