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Address: West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Stunning countryside

The colours will stay with me forever. Such a unique and beautiful part of the country. Great walks and refreshing waterholes to swim in- highly highly recommend!!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The colours will stay with me forever. Such a unique and beautiful part of the country. Great walks and refreshing waterholes to swim in- highly highly recommend!!!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An awesome day trip from Alice Springs - stunning scenery, plenty of places to stop - not too many people. Must sees to visit are: Ormiston Gorge, Simpson's Gorge and Standley Chasm. Bring plenty of water as it gets really hot, beware all the flies and possibly invest in a fly net - food can be bought at Standley Chasm... More 

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Versailles, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove through the West MacDonnell Ranges and are so glad to have been able to see this amazing landscape. Walking and camping in the area would be so special, but even just driving through is well worth it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many beautiful places to enjoy here. A mixture of 2wd and 4wd tracks to cater for different adventures.

Thank Lisa W
Echuca, Australia
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Reviewed April 14, 2017

We spent a day driving around the ranges ad stopped at some of the famous chasm's , Gorge's etc. We wanted to explore more but we had only a Hire car. next time will get a 4WD to do a lot more.Great roads but it can get very hot.

Thank Stumpie8
Yarra Glen
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Reviewed January 24, 2017

We explored the West MacDonnell Ranges as a day trip from Alice Springs. We picked a few places to stop and investigate (Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen). All of these were amazing, and we drove past the turn offs to many more attractions that I'm sure would have been incredible too. The drive itself was also fantastic, the changing... More 

Thank Annie R
Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed January 6, 2017

We spent the day travelling the Macdonnell ranges, there are some pretty sights out there. We could only go so far as the road was closed due to flooding,

Thank morsey13
Margaret River, Australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2016

We drove the whole loop in a day (dawn to dark) and loved everything about it. What a beautiful landscape, what lovely waterholes, and what stunning views. I would do it again very happily. Recommended.

Thank west0z
Manly, Australia
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Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

Good drive, the Mareenie Loop road was not nearly as bad as we were led to believe, with an hour stop at Gosses Buff Crater (which is amazing) it took us just over 4 hours, not the 6-7 hours suggested. Note, you do need to get a permit to drive this road. The only thing to the aware of is... More 

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Hervey Bay
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Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

We visited the West Macdonnell Ranges on a 4wd camping trip with 2 young kids and thought the scenery was spectacular. Except for one rest stop, all facilities have been clean and kid friendly. There is lots of beautiful places to visit and i wish we had more than a week because its not enough !@

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