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.

Walk the Larapinta Trail (or some of it)

The West MacDonnell Ranges show off its obvious beauty best during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset when the colour of the rocks change from pink to red to orange.

Visit Glen Helen Gorge

The permanent waterhole at Glen Helen Gorge is one of the national park’s top attractions and a favourite home to many species of desert wildlife.

Camp at Glen Helen Homestead

We enjoyed chilling out in the homestead during the day after we’d finished our morning walks and swims in the West Macs.

Have Breakfast at Glen Helen

The views out over the West Mac ranges were stunning and it is very serene watching the eagles soar quietly above looking for their own breaky.

Catch the Sunrise at Mount Sonder

You get stunning views over to Mt Sonder, the highest point on the Larapinta Trail and the West Macs ranges.

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