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West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Day Tour

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    Simpsons Gap: this gorgeous spot, popular with Alice Springs locals, offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (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!
    Standley Chasm (Angkerle):  a perfect place to stop for morning tea. This picturesque walk, suitable for all fitness levels, winds through a beautiful oasis, lush with an amazing array of native plants; including cycads and ancient pines. It follows a permanent trickle of water that was once the surging floodwaters that created the natural alleyway of the chasm. The walk finishes with an astonishing view of the sheer quartzite walls rising more than 60m on each side of the narrow chasm.
    Ellery Creek Big Hole: the biggest and deepest waterhole in Central Australia, visitors are always amazed that this natural wonder exists in Outback Australia. It offers superb swimming (summer months only) and scenery unlike anywhere else, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the car park.
    Ochre Pits: Aboriginal people have been mining ochre from this site for thousands of years and still use ochre today for medicinal, ceremonial, and spiritual purposes. Learn how this beautiful natural resource was a vital part of everyday traditional Aboriginal life. This unique place is a registered sacred site and one of the largest ochre deposits in Australia. The vivid colours make for excellent photographs so bring your camera.
    Mt Sonder Lookout: we drive up to this stunning 360 ⁰ vista overlooking one of the most picturesque sections of the Finke river. Towards the west, Mt Sonder dominates the skyline. A favourite spot for photographers and landscape painters.
    Glen Helen: the historic Homestead is the perfect place to stop for lunch (choose a main from the menu). Nestled on the banks of the Finke river, with the towering cliffs of the MacDonnell Ranges as a backdrop. In the summer months, take the short walk down to the lovely waterhole for a swim next to the striking Glen Helen Gorge.
    Ormiston Gorge: the spectacular scenery features the soaring cliffs of an ancient mountain range and the incredible rock formations it has left behind. A string of beautiful waterholes emerges from the immense gorge, carved by a once mighty river. A variety of walks lead to a deep, permanent waterhole that offers excellent swimming (summer months only), or up to a stunning lookout. The gorge also has abundant wildlife, including Black-footed Rock Wallabies and remarkably diverse birdlife. As a result, Ormiston has become a must-see on any visit to the West Macs.
    Finally, on our way back to Alice, we’ll make a brief stop at the famous John Flynn Memorial and drop you off at your accommodation in the late afternoon.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We had an excellent day with only 3 plus driver on board. James was terrific - easy, full of information and very pleasant. Sites visited were lovely, food was great - and lots of- and company was excellent. Thank you for a great day.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank CheenoBallarat
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    An awesome experience. Tour guide James was extremely knowledgeable and generous with information on all sites visited. The entire day was most enjoyable and we would recommend it to anyone.

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

    I went on the tour with my mother and sister who were visiting from the UK. When I asked my mother where she wanted to visit in Oz she said the West MacDonnell Ranges. Our guide, Tasha, was superb. She was enthusiastic and full of...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Ralph B
    Reviewed May 16, 2019

    We had an awesome day visiting the West McDonnell Ranges! Our tour guide Chris was great and looked after us really well! He was so knowledgeable and we very nuch enjoyed sharing our experience with him. The beauty of the West McDonnell Ranges is a...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Ballina123
    Reviewed May 11, 2019

    James our tour guide was amazing, he picked us up at the hotel, along with another couple whom we had never met. The whole experience was relaxed, entertaining, informative, comfortable, considerate to our needs and totally spectacular. An absolute must to see showing what Alice...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Linda M
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    January 29, 2019|
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    Response from OutbackEliteTours | Property representative |
    Hello Christian, apologies for the late reply, for some reasons I am seeing your question just now! Yes, prices are all the same for children, adults and seniors. Please feel free to contact me directly if you need any... More
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