AMAZING Things to Do in the West MacDonnell Ranges, ALICE SPRINGS

One of the things I learned on our road trip around Australia was that you should always allow yourself to be surprised, which is how I felt when I visited the West MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs.

Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, or Tjoritja as it’s known to its traditional owners, is a vast region of incredible rock formations, canyons and creeks, viewpoints and hikes, and many scenic drives.

Things to Do in the West MacDonnell Ranges

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.

Go Tubing in Redbank Gorge

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.

Swim in Ormiston Gorge

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.

Visit the Ochre Pits

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.

Hike through Serpentine Gorge

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.

Swim in Ellery Creek Big Hole waterhole

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.

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