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Top Choice Canyon in West MacDonnell Ranges

Simpsons Gap

One of the prettiest corners of the West MacDonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap, 22km by road from Alice Springs and 8km off Larapinta Dr along a paved road, combines wonderful scenery with good wildlife-watching. Towering…
Top Choice Gorge in West MacDonnell Ranges

Ormiston Gorge

If you've only time for one stop in the West MacDonnell Ranges, make it here. There's a waterhole shaded with ghost gums and the gorge curls around to the enclosed Ormiston Pound. It's a haven for wildlife (dingo, r…
Top Choice Gorge in Finke Gorge National Park

Palm Valley

Top attraction Palm Valley is famous for its red cabbage palms (up to 12,000 of them!), which exist nowhere else in the world. These relics from prehistoric times give the valley a picture-book oasis feel. In Palm V…
Top Choice Viewpoint in West MacDonnell Ranges

Mt Sonder Lookout

Just 1km northwest of Glen Helen the Mt Sonder lookout has sweeping views out over the West MacDonnells; sunrise and sunset here are the best times to visit.
Gorge in West MacDonnell Ranges

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Ellery Creek Big Hole, 91km from Alice Springs, has a large permanent waterhole and is a beautiful spot. It's also a popular place for a swim on a hot day (the water is usually freezing), but be very careful – a swi…
Historic Site in Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg Mission

The whitewashed walls of the old mission are shaded by tall river gums and date palms. This fascinating monument to theNT’s early Lutheran missionaries includes a school building, a church and various outbuildings. …
Gorge in West MacDonnell Ranges

Redbank Gorge

The westernmost of the gorges that puncture the West MacDonnells is multihued, cathedral-like Redbank Gorge. This permanent waterhole runs for kilometres through the labyrinthine gorge and makes for an incredible sw…
Gorge in West MacDonnell Ranges

Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm is owned and run by the local Iwupataka community. The narrowest of the West Macdonnell defiles, Standley Chasm is a stunning spot with sheer rock walls rising 80m from the canyon floor. A rocky path …
Cafe in Hermannsburg

Kata-Anga Tea Rooms

Within Hermannsburg Mission, Kata-Anga Tea Rooms, in the old missionary house, serves Devonshire teas, sandwiches and strudel, and displays historic photographs, plus a good range of traditional and watercolour pain…
Historic Site in West MacDonnell Ranges

Ochre Pits

The Ochre Pits line a dry creek bed in the heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges, 11km west of Serpentine Gorge, and were a source of pigment for Aboriginal people. The various coloured ochres − mainly yellow, white a…