This adventure offers a value for money Red Centre experience for travellers who are short on time - the safari commences in Alice Springs or Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport or resort and finishes at Ayers Rock Resort. Travel in an air-conditioned four-wheel-drive and absorb the fascinating information of the area and its people provided by your professional guide – all of this while travelling with other active travellers from all over the world.
All about the 1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Thorny Devil Safari
Spend the day exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges. Hike the picturesque Ghost Gum Walk into the majestic Ormiston Gorge before spending time relaxing at the stunning Ormiston Waterhole. Visit the world heritage listed Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site and take an afternoon swim at the spectacular Ellery Creek Big Hole. Enjoy a BBQ lunch with your fellow travelers and relax in this truly amazing part of 'The Territory'.
1 Day West MacDonnell Ranges Thorny Devil Safari Itinerary - 1 days
West MacDonnell Ranges
Departing from Alice Springs at approximately 6.00 am, your adventure begins as we travel towards the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges.
Our first stop is Ormiston Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for Perentie Lizards lazing along the banks and take a swim in the rock holes. Hike the “Ghost Gum Walk”, a 1.5-hour loop that takes in views down through the majestic Ormiston Gorge, before following the trail as it descends down close to the gorge and along the rocky floor and Ormiston Waterhole.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch at Ormiston Gorge.
Afterwards, we journey on to the Ochre Pits, a registered sacred site offering a unique experience to view the Ochre deposit still used to this day by the Traditional owners. See the natural ochres that have provided materials for Indigenous people for thousands of years.
Travelling on to Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the most picturesque swimming and walking spots in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Surrounded by high red cliffs and the sandy Ellery Creek, the waterhole has been carved out by thousands of years of massive floods and is an internationally significant geological site. The permanent water here made it a special meeting place for the local Arrernte people and is known to them as Udepata.
Late in the afternoon we travel back to Alice Springs, arriving at approximately 5.30pm.
Alice Springs Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 6.00am
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Safari is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
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