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西麦克唐奈尔国家公园 (West MacDonnell National Park)

西麦克唐奈山脉(West MacDonnell Ranges)坐落在爱丽斯泉(Alice Springs)正西方,拥有各种引人入胜、令人印象深刻的地质特征和景观。

辛普森峡谷(Simpsons Gap)是山脉中的一个巨大裂口,其中干涸的河床中白沙耀眼,河岸两边长满类赤桉树。斯坦利峡谷(Standley Chasm)的垂直红色砂岩壁在中午太阳的照耀下发出绚丽夺目的光芒,仿佛岩石中有一个巨大的裂口。该峡谷拥有常年泉,生长着罕见的植物,非常适合短途旅游。

埃勒里溪大水潭(Ellery Creek Big Hole)是一个坐落在山脉中的大型永久性水潭,是当地人最喜爱的夏日游泳胜地,但是在一年中的其它时节,潭水可能冰冷刺骨。

拉勒平塔路径(Larapinta Trail)始于爱丽斯泉,蜿蜒穿过西麦克唐奈山脉,一直延续到桑德山(Mount Sonder),全长250公里。该路径是世界上最著名的步道之一,不想尝试走完整条步道的游客可以花一天时间选择行走某些路段。


  • 常见问题解答

    Can the West MacDonnell Ranges be done as a day trip?

    The West Macs are a perfect day trip from Alice Springs. Try a drive to Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Ormiston Gorge, stopping at Glen Helen for lunch. Hermannsburg and the inner Mereenie Loop make another perfect short trip.


    Do I need any passes or permits to visit the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    No permits are required in the West MacDonnell Ranges. A small number of attractions have an entry fee.


    How do I get around the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    The West MacDonnell Ranges are famous for their wide-open beauty and stunning landscapes. You'll need your own car or to join a guided tour to get around. Some locations are only accessible via 4WD, so it's best to plan ahead. Another way to experience the West Macs is to hike a section of the 223km Larapinta Trail.


    How do I get to the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    The West MacDonnell Ranges begin just outside of Alice Springs, and the major attractions range from 15 minutes to approximately 2 hours drive away. It's easy to make a day trip that takes in a range of natural gorges, waterholes and lunch spots. Hire a car to drive yourself, or take a tour from Alice Springs.


    How far are the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs?

    The start of Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park is only 15 minutes' drive from Alice Springs. Most of the attractions are no more than 3 hours' drive.


    What are the major attractions at the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    The West MacDonnell Ranges are home to the towering red cliffs of Simpsons Gap, the sharp crevasses of Standley Chasm and the natural oasis which is Ormiston Gorge. Popular swimming spots are the waterholes at Ellery Creek and Glen Helen.


    What should I bring with me to the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    Be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, a first aid kit, comfortable walking shoes, and swimming gear to take a dip in the natural waterholes. Always be sure to carry plenty of drinking water with you. If hiking the Larapinta Trail, carry a satellite phone or personal locator beacon and ensure you let friends or park rangers know where you're going.


    When is the best time to visit the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    The most popular time to visit is during the cooler months of April-September. The West Macs are open year-round, but take plenty of water in the summer months. If you're camping in winter, be sure to bring some warm clothing for the evenings.


    Where should I go next from the West MacDonnell Ranges?

    From the West MacDonnell Ranges, continue west to Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon, south to Rainbow Valley or east back to Alice Springs. Further to the east lie the East MacDonnell Ranges, which are home to many interesting stops as well. To the south west lies Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.