While many people visit Alice Springs to visit Uluru and see Ayres Rock, there are so many things to do in the West MacDonnell Ranges, it should not be skipped.
Redbank Gorge was one of the most delightful surprises and our favourite spot in the West Macs. The gorge sits in the shadow of Mt Sonder and is known for its chilly water, but I found it so refreshing on our hot day.
Ormiston possibly has the biggest and prettiest nearly permanent swimming hole in the West Macs. It’s also the most popular. Don’t worry there won’t be crowds disturbing your peace, that’s the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
A short walk from the car park will take you to the Ochre pits, an area of brightly coloured small cliffs that local Arrarnta Aboriginal people have used for thousands of years for their ceremonial paint and is even a place for trade.
Serpentine Gorge offers a lovely day hike through River Red Gums, reeds, and alongside idyllic semi-permanent water holes. There is no swimming here it has a protected and fragile ecosystem.
A favourite swimming hole for the locals, Ellery Creek sits right near the car park, making it a great spot for those who aren’t keen on walking in. It’s also a great spot for a picnic.