MacDonnell ranges and alice town highlights Full Day Tour
Anzac HillOur first visit of the day is at Anzac Hill, where you can take in panoramic views over the town of Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell ranges. You may be able to capture one photo to cover the entire town. Anzac Hill is a memorial dedicated to those who served in Australia’s defense forces during all international wars. John Flynn's Grave Historical ReserveYour next stopping will be at Flynn’s Grave Memorial, the resting place of Reverend Flynn, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. We make short stopping to relax and enjoy the changing colours of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges and get some photos. Your experienced tour guide brief about John Flynn's contribution to Australian society.
Simpsons GapSimpson Gap features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Range, a permanent waterhole, and opportunities to spot resident wildlife and ancient Red River Gums with a taste of Central Australia. Simpsons Gap is a significant site to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people and was the mythological home of giant goanna ancestors. We 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. Sometimes you may even spot you might see Black-footed Rock-wallabies along the walking track into the rocky slopes gap.
Standley Chasm (Angkerle Atwatye)The next stop to explore West MacDonnell is a picturesque walk at Standley Chasm. After Mrs Ida Standley, who in 1914 became the first school teacher in Alice Springs, this place was named Standley Chasm. Walking access to the dramatic 80m sheer rock face of the chasm is along a well-maintained trail (1.2km/15mins each way), following the natural creek bed with seating & interpretative signage. Angkerle Atwatye, “the Gap of Water”, is a striking geological formation with significant botanical, bird-watching & wildlife photography appeal.
Standley Chasm is operated by Arrernte aboriginal family members who are direct descendants of the Aboriginal people who have lived in the area for thousands of years. Honeymoon GapYour next Stop will be Honeymoon Gap/ Temple Bar Gap, a small gap south of Larapinta Drive opposite Simpsons Gap, 14km west of Alice Springs. The gap is of great significance to the Arrernte people, the traditional owners of the land. The name Temple Bar Gap fell out of favour following the site becoming the honeymoon location for Robert (Bob) and Victoria (Vicky) Darken, who married at the Alice Springs Methodist Church on 25 June 1942. Bob Darken was given a week's leave from the army, and the couple planned to camp for a week at the gap and borrowed a car and a tent. The couple had repeated issues with the car, and it rained for most of the week so, concerned for their safety, friends decided to visit them regularly; they said they were "going to see the honeymooners" or "going to honeymoon gap".
It was not until 1981 that the name of the pass was officially changed to Honeymoon Gap and, in 2004, the NT Place Names Committee agreed that the official name of the gap should remain Temple Bar Gap. LUNCH BREAK (45 MINUTES) Araluen Arts CentreYour first visit is to Araluen Arts Centre. You will get an excellent opportunity to look closely at Albert Namatjira's arts, learn about unique natural history, follow the evolution of the landscape and fascinating creatures, and explore the panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The Araluen Arts Centre aims to develop a collection of artworks that reflect a permanent record of art practice in Central Australia. Araluen arts center holds a comprehensive collection of paintings by Albert Namatjira.
Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tour FacilityYour next exciting place is Royal Flying Doctor Service Alice Springs Tour Facility. See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn about the history and the activities of the RFDS’s pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses, and the patients' experiences that are carried and cared for daily. Learn the importance of the RFDS to outback Australians and the medical care required to service isolated regions.
Alice Springs Telegraph StationThe Alice Springs Telegraph Station is located within the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, four kilometers north of the Alice Springs town center in the Northern Territory of Australia. Established in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, it is the original site of the first European settlement in central Australia. It was one of twelve stations along the Overland Telegraph Line. After around 60 years of operation, the premises then served as a school for the local Aboriginal children as well as provided shelter for local Aboriginal children. Now a historical reserve featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit the place and learn more about the history of Alice. Our tour guides will explain to you the history of the Telegraph Station and the township, the lives of the early telegraphers and their families, and discuss the Stolen Generation history of the site in the Bungalow era of the 1930s.
Emily and Jessie Gaps Move onward to Emily and Jessie Gaps, the first noticeable feature of the East MacDonnell Ranges as you drive 24 kilometers out of Alice Springs. The two small gaps in the Heavitree Range are spiritual sites to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people. You will see a large rock painting depicting the caterpillar dreaming at Emily Gap and Jessie Gap. The ranges are part of the caterpillar dreaming story, which tells how Alice Springs was formed. We conclude your tour with these attractions and will drop you at your hotels or caravan parks.