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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs

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Pack the highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges into a single day tour from Alice Springs. With someone else driving, you can focus on the stunning scenery and listen to commentary. See Glen Helen, Ellery Creek, Standley Chasm, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, and Simpsons Gap, with chances to swim and hike along the way (plus a camel-ride upgrade option). Hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless trip.
  • See multiple highlights of West MacDonnell National Park on a single tour
  • Hear commentary about the history and geology of the park
  • Pack light: enjoy a provided picnic lunch by a water hole and stops for tea
  • All entrance fees included in tour cost
What to Expect
After early morning pickup from your Alice Springs hotel in a climate-controlled vehicle, head for West MacDonnell National Park. On your first walk at Simpsons Gap, stop at a natural rock amphitheater, home to the rare black-footed wallaby. Move on to Standley Chasm, where you’ll enjoy morning tea and a stroll under acacias, ghost gums, and cypress pines. At the Ochre Pits, visit a sacred ceremony site for the Arrernte people. Next, head to Ormiston Gorge for a picnic lunch by the water hole before continuing on to the Mt. Sonder lookout, one of Central Australia’s highest points, for epic views and photo ops. Then, cool off with a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, and learn about the site’s geology from your guide. The day’s last activity, available as an upgrade in October through March, is a camel ride during sunset. Relax on the ride back to your hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please call to confirm pickup time prior to tour date. Kindly allow 15 mins for the bus to arrive.
Departure Time
7:45 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Entry/Admission - MacDonnell Ranges
  • Entry/Admission - Simpsons Gap
  • Sunset camel ride (AU$70, payable direct)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Please bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle and swimwear during the summer months
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 31 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 30 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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We really enjoyed this relaxing day trip, our guide Kirsty was very friendly and knowledgeable, loved the swimming spots along the way, light lunch was nice and heathy,this is another fantastic tour by emu run, Thankyou
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From the pick-up from our hotel (a little later than expected) to our return this was a great day out. Our driver, Michael, and host for the day was a young man who had a wealth of knowledge of the area. Everyone enjoyed his banter about the places we visited. We had a delicious
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We actually did two day trips from Alice, the first to the West Macs, the second to Uluru and, coincidentally both with Gav as driver and our tour guide. On our two month tour of Aus, these two excursions were our first of many and it has to be said that they were, without
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Our guide Kirsty was the loveliest lady; learnt a lot from her about the history and culture of the region! Got to visit and swim at some beautiful waterholes. Would recommend!
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Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Leeebo, thanks for the recommendation, mate! Glad you enjoyed your swim. Thanks again!
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Well worth spending the money if you have a free day in Alice Springs. There are several interesting stops and lunch is included.
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Response from emurunexperience, Manager at West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Kevin, thanks for dropping a review. Glad you enjoyed the tour you had with us. We hope to see you again! Cheers
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