- Experienced and friendly guide
- Luxury air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Delicious morning or afternoon tea
- Complimentary water provided
- Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop-off
- Entrance Fee at Standley Chasm
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothing
- Jacket in cooler months
Half Day West Macs VIP
Departing Alice Springs at 8am and 1.30pm this tour will provide you with a snap shot of the amazing West MacDonnell National Park and give you an insight into the astounding landscape, plants and animals of Central Australia.
You will be on your own personalised tour of the West Macs when you join our small group, first class tour (maximum 4 passengers). Travelling through the National Park in comfort and style in a luxury 4WD our experienced guide will share their passion and knowledge of Central Australia, leaving you wanting to discover more from this great region. On this tour, you are able to follow a set itinerary or customise the tour to suit your interests before departure.
Highlights on Tour
Our first stop is at one of the most prominent gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpson Gap. This gorgeous spot will provide you with a taste of Central Australia with its stunning gorge, permanent waterhole and ancient River Red Gums. Simpsons Gap is a significant site to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people and was the mythological home of a group of giant perentie (goanna) ancestors.
Our guide will take you on a short, easy walk alongside a picturesque dry creek bed that leads to a dramatic gap in the MacDonnell ranges and a waterhole rich in native wildlife, flora and geology. Keep your eyes ready because you may even spot one of the famous, small Black-footed Rock Wallabies that live on the rocky slopes either side of the creek.
Standley Chasm (Angkerle)
The next stop on your exploration of the West MacDonnells is a picturesque walk at Standley Chasm that winds through a lush oasis of native wildlife, birdlife and plants including ferns, cycad palms and ancient pines. The path we follow is along a permanent creek that was once the surging floodwaters that created the natural wonder of Standley Chasm, with its sheer walls rising 80m on either side of the narrow chasm.
Named after Mrs Ida Standley who in 1914 became the first school teacher in Alice Springs, Standley Chasm is operated by Aboriginal family members that are direct descendants from the Aboriginal people that have lived in the area for thousands of years. The shade of the Ghost Gums is the perfect stop for our morning or afternoon tea of juice, tea, European-brewed coffee, yoghurt, fruit, home-made buns and biscuits.
Our last visit of the day is at the local iconic landmark of Anzac Hill, where you will able to take in panoramic views over the town of Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell ranges. Anzac hill is a memorial dedicated to those who served in Australia’s defence forces during all wars. Your tour will conclude with us dropping you back at your accommodation house.
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