East MacDonnell Ranges attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in East MacDonnell Ranges

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

If you only have time for a couple of stops in the East MacDonnell Ranges, make Trephina Gorge Nature Park (75km from Alice) one of them. The play between the pale sandy riverbeds, the red and purple gorge walls, th…
Top Choice Historic Site in East MacDonnell Ranges

Arltunga Historical Reserve

At the eastern end of the MacDonnell Ranges, 110km east of Alice Springs, the old gold-mining ghost town of Arltunga (33km on an unsealed road from the Ross Hwy) has lonely ruins and a wonderful end-of-the-road feel…
Nature Reserve in East MacDonnell Ranges

Ruby Gap Nature Park

This remote park rewards visitors with wild and beautiful scenery. The sandy bed of the Hale River sparkles with thousands of tiny garnets. It's an evocative place and is well worth the considerable effort required …
Nature Reserve in East MacDonnell Ranges

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park

Just southwest of the Ross River Resort, a strictly 4WD-only track leads 11km south to N'Dhala Gorge. More than 5900 ancient Aboriginal rock carvings (some date back 10,000 years) and some rare endemic plants decora…
Nature Reserve in East MacDonnell Ranges

Emily & Jessie Gaps Nature Park

Both of these gaps in the rock wall of the East MacDonnells are associated with the Eastern Arrernte Caterpillar Dreaming trail. Emily Gap, 16km out of Alice, has stylised rock paintings and a fairly deep waterhole …
Historic Site in East MacDonnell Ranges

Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve

Corroboree Rock, 51km from Alice Springs, is one of many strangely shaped dolomite outcrops scattered over the valley floor. Despite the name, it's doubtful the rock was ever used as a corroboree area, but it is ass…