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Les MacDonnell Ranges

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Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area on foot, swim in a waterhole, or pitch a tent for a longer stay.

Les East et West MacDonnell Ranges s’étendent sur des centaines de kilomètres des deux côtés d’Alice Springs. Ces formidables terrains d’aventures proposent des sentiers de randonnée, des pistes pour véhicules 4x4, des points d’eau rafraîchissants et des terrains de camping.

Things to see & do in Tjoritja / West MacDonnell Ranges

  • Information


    • National Parks and Reserves

    Opening times

    Daily 24 hours, Simpsons Gap however is only open from 8am to 8pm.

    Entry cost

    Free entry


    • Barbeque
    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Interpretive Centre
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet


    • Four Wheel Driving
    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Swimming
    • Walk
  • Map


    A proximité

    A proximité

    Explorer le Territoire du Nord
    Itinéraires routiersTrajets aériens
  • FAQS

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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