West MacDonnell Ranges Half Day Tour - small group
Simpsons GapSimpson Gap features the towering cliffs of Simpsons Range, a permanent waterhole and opportunities to spot resident wildlife, 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 on your exploration of the 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.
After Standley Chasm on our way back, you will enjoy unusual features of the natural landscape, the unique micro-climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient Cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old, washed down from miles upstream. On your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colours of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges. Finally, you will conclude with your trip and dropping you back at your hotel.
Inclusions:• Experienced and friendly guide• 10-seater Toyota Hiace bus provided• Complimentary water/ soft drinks provided • Complimentary tea/ coffee with light refreshments• Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop-off• All Entrance fees
What to Bring:• Sturdy walking shoes• Sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothing• Camera• Jacket in cooler months• Smile and happy faces
Not included:• Food and drinks other than those listed• No wheelchair accessible Not Allowed:• Luggage or large bags, not allowed• Pets Additional information:• Confirmation will receive at the time of booking• Not wheelchair accessible• Infants must sit on laps (No car seater provided)• Most travellers can participate• This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancel because the minimum number is unavailable, you’ll offer a different date/experience or a full refund.• This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers