1 day 4WD “Thorny Devil” tour to the stunning West MacDonnell Ranges (AU$129)
The 1 day Westmacs tour operated by Wayoutback is the perfect option to experience the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges, in a relaxed pace, travelling in one of their comfy 4WD coaches.
Take in the magnificent range of earthy colours against the blue skies, go for a walk and cool down in one of the gorgeous natural permanent waterholes like Ormiston Gorge or Ellery Creek.
This tour runs on Sunday’s, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.
What you win
- SAVE AU$5 by booking directly through Alice’s Secret
- FREE pick up and drop off right in front of the hostel
- Borrow a flynet for FREE
- Get ready for your tour with the help of Alice’s Secret or relax after it by enjoying the beautiful garden and the cosy atmosphere of our little oasis
- Professional guide
- travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- BBQ lunch
- drinking water (please provide your own bottle)
Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, our adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges.
Our first stop is Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5 hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.
Afterwards, we journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Travelling on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.
Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
What to bring
- Wide brimmed hat
- insect repellent
- water bottle (1.5 litres)
- walking shoes/boots
- swim wear, towel