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Simpsons Gap 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 and include Simpsons Gap.

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/

Simpsons Gap, West MacDonnell National Park

A number of scenic gaps pierce the West MacDonnell Ranges. One of these is Simpsons Gap, site of one of the most prominent waterholes in the region. The area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Aboriginal people, where several dreaming trails and stories cross.

Wallaby - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory TourismAt dawn or dusk Simpsons gap it is renowned as a place to see Black-footed Rock-wallabies along the gap's short walking track.

Good examples of many of the vegetation communities of the MacDonnell Ranges are found in the Simpsons Gap area, including large stands of Mulga, and the area around the gap is a major stronghold for some of the rare and relict plants of the region.

It is accessible all year round with the cooler months (April to September) being the most pleasant.

The Visitor Information Centre is just past the entrance gate and offers a good introduction for first time visitors.

The displays highlights points of interest within the park and provides information on the areas natural and cultural history.

Key features:
The towering cliffs of the Simpsons Range
The permanent waterhole
Abundant wildlife
A large variety of walking trails and thousands of frogs after summer rains.

Fitness Level:
Level 2 fitness  ©

Walks Cat 1.5: Day tours to Simpsons Gap 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
Simpsons Gap walk path Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Walking track into Simpsons Gap - Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Thorny Devil at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Stair well at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Dry creek bed  at Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Simpsons Gap walking track Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
Simpsons Gap West Macdonnell near Alice Springs - Courtesy of the M Hutchinson collection to Central Australia visit.
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