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WEST MAC DONNELLS DAY TOUR (875)


Description:

Usually dry riverbeds, vast craggy ochre red sandstone gaps and gorges and tranquil waterholes, make up the spectacular landforms of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The presence of ancient Aboriginal dreaming is always evident in the rugged clefts and chasms.


$139* Adult
$79* Child
(*conditions apply)

   

Fare includes:
Entrance to Standley Chasm, morning tea, ploughman's lunch with drink and guided walks

Operates: Daily

Departs: 8:00am
Returns: 5:30pm


Tour Highlights:

  • Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured West MacDonnells
  • Pass John Flynn Memorial at the foot of the Mt Gillen
  • Make a stop at Simpsons Gap - rich ochre coloured rock walls rising from a sandy creek bed
  • Continue to Standley Chasm - a striking deep red cleft that glows with reflected sunlight
  • Look for black footed Rock Wallabies along the rocky base
  • Walk into the Chasm along the Angkerle Creek bed
  • Enjoy morning tea at Standley Chasm
  • Ellery Creek Big Hole - take a short walk along a creek bed to the cool waterhole below a steep rocky escarpment
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge and waterhole for a picnic lunch
  • Time to relax at the waterhole
  • A refreshing swim may be possible depending on the time of year
  • Travel to Glen Helen Gorge - a semi permanent waterhole
  • Glen Helen Homestead - opporunity to see spectacular views by helicopter (own expense)
  • Mt Sonder lookout
  • Look for eagles, kytes and falcons soaring in the thermal currents above the West MacDonnells
  • Perhaps meet a local lizard
  • The remains of the twin ghost gums painted by Albert Namatjira.


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