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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
star-4.5
$128.23 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great, educational, day in the West McDonnell Ranges
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!
John_D, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Alice Springs

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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.
star-5
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
star-4
Great day trip
Sally_K, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Had a great day and covered a lot and saw some spectacular scenery Our tour guide was fantastic! Would definitely recommend
star-5
The whole trip was great...
Ian_G, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
The whole trip was great and the coach driver made it more enjoyable. Walks not too long and well planned
star-5
Do not miss this!!
Cam, May 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Magnificent trip, Karen was a fantastic guide, the scenery amazing and also a great lunch! Highly recommend!
star-5
Good trip
nickjay31, Apr 2022
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Good trip, lots of sights seen and just enough time at each stop to experience the area Interestingly commentary from the driver guide and nice lunch/ morning tea
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Bluey and his West McDonald Ranges have been here forever
Kevin_H, Dec 2020
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
The country and scenery were amazing. The tour guide is a living legend and his knowledge and storey telling were entertaining and amazing. The tour bus was comfortable and very clean. The food provided was substantial
star-5
So much beauty & history in a day.
Susan_A, Oct 2021
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Fantastic day full of history & beauty. Karen was our tour guide& driver & she was amazing. I could not have found & seen what we managed after driving many miles on my own. This is a perfect way to see as much as possible in a day.
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Our Lady driver did an excellent job, great knowledge of fauna&flora , a very good trip... 10/10..., 10/10
Charles_C, Oct 2021
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
The Stanley Chasm, the waterholes....The history of the place and peoples was fascinating...the pick up was right on time, the lunch was well organized & tasty...
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The beautiful scenery,...
Robert_L, Sep 2021
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
The beautiful scenery, the history and general knowledge and stories told by our guide, Karen. It was all terrific.
star-4
Worthy day to see the best sites near Alice
Natalie_W, May 2021
West MacDonnell Ranges Day Trip from Alice Springs
Some of the most scenic & wonderful views / sites along the MacDonnell Ranges. The coach trip was smooth and had a very insightful tour guide (Karen). The tour kept to schedule, saw many incredible places and the lunch / snacks through the day were great. Me and my partner particularly enjoyed the waterhole swims but there's plenty to do/see outside of that :)

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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