Trip To Alice Springs

Discover the West MacDonnell Ridge on a day trip from Alice Springs. An experienced guide will take you to places like Simpsons Gap, Ormiston Gorge, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek, and Glen Helen. Capture the stunning beauty of the Australian outback as you navigate through rocky canyons and uncover secluded waterholes and historic landmarks. Take a refreshing swim and embark on hikes along the journey.


07:00 from Alice Springs


17:30 to Alice Springs

Price$ 120-150 AUD


  • Explore the West MacDonnell National Park, known as Tjoritja, by the indigenous custodians.
  • Visitors can explore the impressive Standley Chasm, also called ‘Angkerle Atwatye,’ a towering gorge that reaches a height of 80 meters. Another must-see attraction is Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of Central Australia’s most significant and stunning swimming spots.
  • One can visit the UNESCO-listed Ochre Pit mineral rockface and observe the use of coloured ochre clay in traditional ceremonies.
  • With its towering walls, you can relax and rejuvenate at Ormiston Gorge, also known as “Kwartatuma”.
  • Native wildlife, including the black-footed rock wallaby, can be found in the Simpson Gap region, also known as ‘Rungutjirpa’. 

 Itinerary The West MacDonnell Ranges Trip

We depart from Alice Springs and travel towards Standley Chasm, a 3-meter-wide, 80-meter-high gorge within the West MacDonnell Ranges. We explore the area’s natural beauty and look for native wildlife. Then, we continue west towards Ellery Creek Bighole, where we can cool off and swim, surrounded by red cliffs and sandy banks. 

Our next stop is Ormiston Gorge, where we admire the impressive geological formations. Finally, we visit the Simpsons Gap, a permanent waterhole known for its native wildlife and cultural significance. After a full day of exploring these iconic natural destinations, we return in the evening.

  • Meals: Lunch/Driving
  • Distance: 310 km
  • Walking Distance: Approximately 3km /4km


  • Adult/ChildAUD 175 pp
  • Child (6-12)AUD 125 pp
  • Entry fees to Standley Chasm
  • Morning tea & lunch
  • Australian native wildlife sightings
  • Guided bushwalking tours
  • Accredited outback driver-guide
  • Travel in air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Comprehensive commentary on the tour
  • Pickup/ drop-off from selected inner-city Alice Springs points 
  • Refillable water bottle (at least 2 Litres)
  • Beach towels, swimwear & toiletries
  • Clothing suitable for all weather (extreme conditions inc, wind, rain, heat, cold, day/night)
  • Insect repellent (tropical strength)
  • Sun protection – wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
  • Sturdy & comfortable shoes for hiking (tread closed toe)
  • Small day pack 5-7kg
  • Cash for extra snacks and meals
  • Camera to capture the memories 
  • 7:00 am – Alice Motor Inn – 25-27 Undoolya Rd East Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Alice on Todd Apartments – 1 Strehlow St The Gap
  • 7:00 am – Aurora Alice Springs Hotel – 11 Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Best Western Elkira Court Motel – 65 Bath St Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Crowne Plaza Lasseters – 93 Barrett Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Gday Mate Tourist Park – 23 Palm Circuit Ross Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Haven Backpacker Resort – 3 Larapinta Dr Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Mercure Alice Springs Resort -34 Stott Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Quest Alice Springs – 10 South Terrace Alice Springs
  • 7:00 am – Swagmans Rest Apartments The – 67 Gap Rd Alice Springs 


Hiking, cycling, and 4WD day tours are popular ways to explore the East MacDonnell Ranges.

Yes, Uluru is accessible through day trips from Alice Springs.

Alice Springs is home to kangaroos, emus, wallabies, and various bird species.
Yes, Alice Springs and its surroundings are perfect for a camping adventure.

Alice Springs boasts numerous bike trails for casual cyclists and experienced mountain bikers.

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