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東麥克唐奈爾山脈 (East MacDonnell Ranges)

東麥克唐奈爾山脈(East MacDonnell Ranges)是密藏的寶藏。

在愛麗斯泉(Alice Springs)以東綿延 100 公里,東麥克唐奈爾山脈(East MacDonnell Ranges)的明媚風光讓您能享受叢林漫步、露營及駕駛四輪驅動車。 對本地的東阿倫特族(Eastern Arrernte)而言,這個地區是山脈的夢幻時光(Dreamtime)發源地。 諸如艾蜜莉和潔西山口(Emily and Jessie Gap)、庫魯伯里岩(Corroboree Rock)和達拉峽谷(N’Dhala Gorge)等地對於阿倫特族(Arrernte)而言有極重要的文化意涵。 這些地方和其它如特里非那峽谷(Trephina Gorge)等地的自然之美使得在東麥克唐奈爾山脈(East MacDonnell Ranges)的旅程令人難以忘懷。 您可以山脈南端的羅斯河度假村(Ross River Resort)作為您探險旅程的基地。 這裡有小木屋和露營兩種設施並有酒吧和餐廳服務。

在 19 世紀末期,這個山脈原為澳洲最偏僻的地方,但曾在今日的阿爾敦加歷史保護區(Arltunga Historical Reserve)擁現短暫的淘金熱潮。 這裡有一個幽靈城鎮供您探索,並有採礦營區和老礦場的遺跡。 您可在阿爾敦加叢林酒吧(Arltunga Bush Pub)露營。 第一股採礦風潮的舞台實際上是在今日的紅寶石峽谷國家公園(Ruby Gap Nature Park)。 曾經滿懷希望的探礦者很快就發現這裡只有石榴石,但此地的景色是無價的。 參加半沙漠中刺瑰郊野的綠洲寶石樹(Gemtree)旅行團,試試您的手氣為自己淘珠寶。 旅行團有提供裝備,並有經驗豐富的導遊指點您尋找寶石的方法和地點。寶石樹旅行車營地(Gemtree Caravan Park)則有小木屋住宿。


  • 常见问题解答

    Can you camp in the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    How do you get to the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    To get to the East MacDonnell Ranges, head south from Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, through Heavitree Gap and continue onto the Ross Highway which is sealed and accessible via 2WD vehicles.


    What are the best things to see in the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    The Yeperenye, Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park is just 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs. Here you can picnic, watch native wildlife, or try the walking tracks. Anthewerrke (Emily Gap) features a large rock painting that portrays the Caterpillar Dreamtime story. Not far away is Corroboree Rock, a spectacular cluster of dolomite pillars that hold sacred importance to traditional owners.

    A further 30km along Ross Highway is Trephina Gorge Nature Park where you can explore its wide range of walks and other attractions such as camping, wildlife spotting and 4WD tracks. Continue down Ross Highway (110km from Alice Springs), to come to Arltunga Historical Reserve, officially Central Australia’s first ghost town.


    What’s special about the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    Although the East MacDonnell Ranges (‘East Macs’ to the locals) are less well-known than the West Macs, their splendour is equally as intriguing with many natural beauties such as Trephina Gorge, the ghost mining town of Arltunga and many camping spots, walking trails, geological formations, Aboriginal art and four-wheel-driving tracks.

    The Arrernte people (traditional owners of the Alice Springs area) tell a fascinating Dreamtime story about a caterpillar who became the ranges.


    When’s the best time to visit the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    As the Red Centre has four seasons (summer, autumn, winter and spring) you’ll find it warmer in summer from December to February and cold in winter from June to August. Autumn and spring generally bring warm days and cooler nights. For more weather information click here.


    Where are the East MacDonnell Ranges?

    The East MacDonnell Ranges stretch 150km east of Alice Springs, and it takes just 15 minutes to drive to Emily Gap.


    Where should I go next?

    The obvious place to explore would be Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges, home to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, the Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen.