Operates: Daily from March to November, and 

Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat & Sun from December to February 

Experience the magnificent grandeur of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this fascinating one day tour. 

Marvel at towering fiery red walls set aglow by the desert sun as you drive along the ranges. 

We tour through these amazing ranges all day and stop at beautiful gorges and waterholes, where we can enjoy a refreshing swim in the warmer months.


Don’t forget your camera! Every moment of this memorable one day tour is worth capturing.

You’ll visit:

  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Ochre Pits
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Glen Helen
  • Ellery Creek Bighole
  • Flynn Memorial
  • Optional swim at Ellery Creek Bighole (summer only)


All activities are considered very safe for all age groups. They do not require a high level of fitness or agility. 


WHAT’S INCLUDED: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

Each day tour includes:

  • Morning tea
  • Fresh Buffet Lunch
  • Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
  • Experienced, friendly tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Entry fee to Standley Chasm


TOUR ITINERARY: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

7:45 AM

Your guide will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation.

You’ll see spectacular outback scenery and have ample photo opportunities as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges, stopping at historic sites. 


Enjoy beautiful walks at Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm (for morning tea), the Ochre Pits, and Ormiston Gorge. 


Our next stop is at Glen Helen for a sit-down buffet lunch. On our way back to Alice Springs, we stop to spend time at Ellery Creek Big Hole. This waterhole is one of Central Australia’s most pristine, so don’t forget your swimmers in the warmer months!


The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons and purples on display. 

In the winter months, these mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return journey to Alice Springs.

You can expect to be back at your accommodation at approximately 5:30 pm.



Prices start at $139AUD for adults and $105AUD for children under 15.

Tickets for this MacDonnell Ranges tour sell fast. Claim your spot today to avoid disappointment.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Tour

What are the departure and return times?

We leave Alice Springs at approximately 7:45 am and return to Alice Springs at around 5:30 pm.


Can I bring my family?

Yes. Children aged 2 years and over are welcome on our tour. Children aged 2-15 and charged $105 per person. 

All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for their care.


What should I bring on the tour?

  • Proof of booking (can include the e-version delivered to your email)
  • Water bottle (capacity 1 litre)
  • Strong, non-slip walking shoes
  • Hat (wide-brimmed is best)
  • Flynet
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Casual and comfortable clothing (cool, light clothing is best in summer and warm clothing for winter)
  • Swimwear & towel (during summer only).


How many people are on each tour?

We have a maximum of 36 people on each tour. You will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus.


How fit do I have to be?

There is a variety of short walks on this tour that can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels.


Conditions of Travel

By booking our tours, you confirm you have read and accepted our conditions of travel, including the terms, conditions and cancellation policy. 

Please click here for the conditions of travel and cancellation policy.