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MacDonnell Ranges
MacDonnell Ranges

MacDonnell Ranges

Free admission
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, 0870

The Basics

The MacDonnell Ranges are popular with hikers, as the 140-mile (223-kilometer) Larapinta Trail runs along the ridge and into the plains below. You don’t have to be a long-distance walker to enjoy the natural beauty of the ranges, however. Day trips from the town of Alice Springs show off the highlights of the range, from red rock formations and cold rock pools to the Ochre Pits where Australian Aboriginal people quarried for ochre pigment. Tours into the desert, whether on camel by day or to spot wildlife at night, typically include the MacDonnell Ranges as their backdrop.

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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
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$123.96 per adult
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A great day tour from Alice Springs
Awesome stops with plenty of time to take it all in. Yummy lunch provided and time for those who wanted a swim.
Krystyna_M, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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A great day tour from Alice Springs
Krystyna_M, Jul 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Awesome stops with plenty of time to take it all in. Yummy lunch provided and time for those who wanted a swim.
star-5
Great day tour
Jillian_S, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Simpsons gap, Stanley chasm, lunch. Great tour guides. Beautiful day. Worth it in every way. Recommend it to anyone
star-5
Fantastic day out!
Shirley_H, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Totally awesome day out to the ranges! Well organised and our guide Karen was knowledgeable and professional. I recommend this day out to any visitors to Alice Springs.
star-5
Every stop was gorgeous,...
Emily_H, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Every stop was gorgeous, I can definitely recommend it. You just need to organize yourself dinner after the tour.
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Brings back memories of...
Micheal_M, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Brings back memories of my first visit to the centre, this time sharing it with my wife. Some new place to experience as well
star-5
Spectacular gorges and...
Marilee_F, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Spectacular gorges and chasm.Johan our guide from Emu Run had so much knowledge. Ochre pits were beautiful.
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The tour itself was...
Emma_H, Jun 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
The tour itself was excellent, but it is advertised in Viator as a small group (up to 20 people) trip and it is t - there were around 30 people on the tour. Still a great day!
star-5
Must do great tour
Caroline_S, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Great day out very informative and well organised tour. Great bus and driver. Beautiful places to see
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A great, educational, day in the West McDonnell Ranges
John_D, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
We visited numerous places beautiful and rugged in their own way. Driver/guide James was knowledgeable, well organised and, we noticed, careful in observing one gentleman who had a physical disability that hindered him somewhat. Overall an excellent and full day in the West McDonnell Renges!
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Fantastic
Mark_D, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Amazing scenery Karen is a great tour guide & very knowledgeable. Would recommend this small group tour.
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Awesome tour
Sandra_M, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Absolutely wonderful tour with fantastic commentary from our lovely guide Karen, full of knowledge. Stunning photo opportunities and time to look around. Thank you
star-5
Great day
Catherine_F, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Alex our tour guide his friendly attitude and the smile he had all day. Meeting people from many different parts if Australia and see some amazing sights
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The MacDonnell Ranges are a must-visit for outdoors enthusiasts.

  • Day trips from Alice Springs typically last around 10 hours, including roundtrip transportation.

  • Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces and don’t forget to bring sun protection, including sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

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How to Get There

The MacDonnell Ranges begin 11 miles (18 kilometers) west of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive. The park is accessible by car and via a bike path from Alice Springs. Once inside the park, you can get around on food, by bicycle, or in a 4WD vehicle.

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When to Get There

The best season for weather in the mountains is from May to September. If visiting Standley Chasm, try to arrive around noon, when the sun paints the gorge walls a bright orange. Expect temperatures to peak above 95°F (35°C) during the summer months from November to April.

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Wildlife in the MacDonnell Ranges

This area of the Australian Outback is excellent for wildlife viewing. The rare Centralian Tree Frog can be spotted in the MacDonnell Ranges’ cold rock pools, while bilby, echidna, and mala hang out around the foothills. Keep an eye out for black-footed rock wallaby, Pacific heron, and white-faced heron as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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