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MacDonnell Ranges

West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

Visited both the West and East Macs. In the west would recommend lunch at Glen Helen Resort and a visit to Hermannsberg. In the east Trephina Gorge is beautiful and if you are lucky enough to be there when it isn't dry it must be...More

1  Thank Shirley4815
Reviewed 18 May 2013

I fell in love with the West Macs coming in on the 4WD track from Kings Canyon. I like the way they are shaped like waves and the tops look like they are layers of rocks. The best way to see them is to rent...More

1  Thank marjie905
Reviewed 12 May 2013

The Ranges to the west travel from near Alice Springs west for about 150kms and are spectacular. These iclude the favorites Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (see about midday to allow sunlight directly over chasm) Serpentine Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge and Redbank Gorge. All unique in...More

1  Thank PhilK049
Reviewed 9 May 2013

We had a lovely day trip today to the west macdonnell ranges. We started at Simpsons gap where there is a lovely waterhole in the Gap. A short drive later we drove to Stanley chasm, more fabulous scenery and a great shady lawn spot for...More

2  Thank sandrapeter63
Reviewed 3 May 2013

On a day trip we traveled (as recommended from the friendly staff at G'Day Mate Caravan Park) out to Ormiston Gorge and then made our way back towards Alice Springs.Ormiston Gorge (swimming hole) was beautiful, the Ochre Pits are amazing to see and a must...More

Thank Doris771
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Went to most of the Gaps located outside Alice Springs. I enjoyed taking pictures there. Take the time to take a short drive and see them. Very Very nice.

1  Thank Nicholas F
Reviewed 29 April 2013

We did the tour with AA Kings who seem very efficient. It atarted early in the morning. Simpsons Gap was pretty and we saw rock wallabies and a number of wild birds. Standley Chasm was a pleasant woodland walk where we saw birds and a...More

1  Thank Christopher T
Reviewed 28 April 2013

Since it was a day trip we did five of the short hikes along the ranges. Weather was not extreme so the effort wasn't any where near arduous. During the short hikes you will see wildlife and notice the surrounds but only if you go...More

Thank ShaunSharon
Reviewed 27 April 2013

Simpsons Gap is a beautiful spot to visit, although similar to much of the MacDonnell Ranges. A peaceful area with a nice waterhole.

Thank RonRSydney_Australia
Reviewed 24 April 2013

Simpsons gap was a wonderful thing to see. The sweeping dry river bed when we visited was awesome. The short walk along the river to the gap which exposed a pool of clear water was great. This is close to Alice Springs only 12 km's...More

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I have only found one very review of the W.MacDonnell Ranges wtih Viator tours. It was very discouraging & warning of poor service, guides & air con not operating on the bus. I would like to read more reviews of this tour with Viator.
29 March 2016|
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Hi Cheer and all I'm heading to Red Centre in June. Was heading directly to Uluru where we are collecting a car and then staying at cabin in Campground, 3 nights. Self drive around Uluru and Olgas. Then I am thinking of driving straight to Alice. We think we will give Kings a miss as we don't want expense of a 4WD. And don't want the extra driving back tracking to highway. (I know locals most likely burn along these roads in their little Datsuns!). So what to do once in Alice? How many days? Will there be water in the swimming holes at end June? If so which are the best (I have teenager children that will complain bitterly about our endless walks so waterholes will be a good tonic). Can a 2wd get me to all the sites like Finke, MacDonnell gorges etc? Or should I spend and get a 4wd to increase access? Or should we book a tour out of Alice that provides Accom and driver? Is it worth booking into Glen Helen resort for a night to get easier access? Is there other Accom options outside of Alice but in area I could consider (I can only find Glen Helen) Would it be too cold for a camping trip that time of year? What are the highlights around Alice other than Finke and MacDonnell? Any advice welcome?
1 January 2015|
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