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Ormiston Gorge tours from Alice Springs and return
to the West MacDonnell ranges in Australia

Sightseeing day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia. The West Mac's are a mighty mountain range - their majesty takes most people by surprise. We travel along them all day - stopping at beautiful gorges and waterholes as we go. In the warmer months make sure you put your bathers in to enjoy a refreshing swim at Ormiston Gorge or Ellery Creek Bighole.

Ormiston Gorge tours from Alice Springs and return to the Western MacDonnell ranges in Australia.

See details here for a one day tour from Alice Springs and return to the West MacDonnells

See http://www.macdonnellranges.com/

Massive geological forces created the towering red walls of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell National Park, 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs.

Within the gorge is a permanent waterhole, estimated to be at least 14 metres deep, which provides a refreshing finale to a day's exploring.

The seven kilometre long Ormiston Pound walk is a full circuit from the visitor centre across the rocky slopes, onto the flat floor of the pound and returns along the gorge via the main waterhole.

Other walks in the area contain interesting collections of regional native flora, including a number of relic plant species remaining from a tropical past. Camping and caravanning fees apply.

Access: Ormiston Gorge is located 135 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The Visitor Centre is approximately 8kms from the Ormiston Gorge turn-off on Namatjira Drive. Sealed roads provide access by conventional vehicles. All roads can be impassable for a short period after heavy rain.

Where Is Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge and Pound is located 181 kilometres along the Larapinta Trail starting from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and is the Trailhead for Sections 9 and 10 of the trail.
Parks Northern Territory PDF Map of Ormiston Gorge

When to visit

The Park is accessible all year round. The cooler months (April to October) are the most pleasant.

Camping - Camping facilities are available for tents. Spaces are limited and operate on a first come, first served basis. There is a separate camp ground for school groups. Gas barbecues, toilets and showers are provided. Camping fees are payable at the site and camping is only permitted in designated areas.

There is a limited supply of drinking water at Ormiston Gorge. People planning to stay should carry their drinking water requirements with them.

Facilities
BBQ Facilities
Car park
Coach Parking
Picnic Area
Public Toilet
Shaded Area
Sheltered Area

Swimming - The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole situated 500 metres from the Visitor Centre. The water hole is ideal for swimming, especially in the warmer months. Swimmers should be aware that most water holes are extremely cold. Prolonged exposure, even during summer, can result in hypothermia. Beware of submerged logs and rocks.

Walking - The best way to appreciate the scenery of Ormiston Gorge and Pound is to follow one of the many marked walking tracks. The 5 minute Waterhole walk and the 20 minute Ghost Gum Lookout walk are the most popular with visitors.

The 3-4 hour Ormiston Pound walk completes a full circuit from the Visitor Centre, meandering around scenic slopes, dropping into the flat expanse of the Pound and returning along Ormiston

For the keen walker the Larapinta Trail also passes through the area (see Parks and Wildlife Regional Office or the Ormiston Gorge Visitor Centre for details).

Larapinta Trail

Section 9 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as hard - a rough and narrow track with some steep and/or long climbs and descents, suitable for fit people with previous bushwalking experience.

Section 10 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as medium - a narrow track which may be rough in places, with some climbing and descending, suitable for people who walk regularly.

The area contains an interesting variety of native fauna and flora including a number of relict plant species remaining from a tropical past. The rediscovery of the Long-tailed Dunnart and the Central Rock Rat highlights the Park as an important fauna refuge.

Fitness Level:
Level 2 fitness  ©

Walks Cat 1.5: Day tours to Ormiston Gorge are smaller hikes than the lenghty trek along the Larapinta trail.

Hikes up to 2-4 kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring.

Bring:

Booked and paid E-Ticket, Suggested: strong and comfortable non-slip walking shoes, hat & sunscreen, water bottle, camera & film.

What To Bring Dress in the Northern Territory is casual and comfortable. Winter nights (May to August) can be cold, so bring warm clothing. Days are sunny and warm.

Highlights: West MacDonnell Ranges highlishts include:
Simpsons Gap - Simpsons Gap travel information
Standley Chasm - Stanley Chasm travel information
Ochre Pits - Ochre Pits travel information
Ormiston Gorge - Ormiston Gorge travel information
Glen Helen and Glen Helen Gorge - Glen Helen travel information
Ellery Creek Big Hole - Ellery Creek Big Hole travel information
Ellery-Creek-Big-Hole  -  Western MacDonnell Ranges. This image supplied by PJB Collection all rights. This image is shown in the promotion of the Aboriginal Cultural landscape.
 
Ormiston Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Ormiston Gorge - Courtesy of the PJB collection and Central Australia visit.
Ormiston Gorge - Courtesy of the PJB collection and Central Australia visit.
Ormiston Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Larapinta Trail Ormiston Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Ormiston Gorge - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
Macdonnell Ranges map | travel guide |tours courtesy of Northern Territory Tourism
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