Our park is the great base to set up camp or stay in one of our many self-contained cabins, to then explore the Red Centre. Here are some day-trip ideas within two hours of Alice Springs.
Simpsons Gap is in the West MacDonnell Ranges and only 18 kilometres from Alice Springs. Here, you will experience the towering wall of the Simpsons Range split by a narrow band of water. There are a number of walks you can attempt ranging from 15 minutes to a few hours. The Cassia Hill Trail is a one-hour round walk which also offers the spectacular views of the wider Simpsons Range. If you want to be a little more adventurous there is a cycle trail from Alice Springs all the way into Simpsons Gap.
Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is as a must see spectacular geological icon of Central Australia, only 50kms from Alice Springs. Surrounded by the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, it is located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust. Walking access to a dramatic 80m sheer rock-face of the chasm is along a well maintained trail (1.2km each way) which follows a natural creek bed. Angkerle Atwatye “the Gap of Water” is a striking geological formation that has significant botanical, bird-watching and wildlife photography appeal.
Ellery Creek Big Hole
Ellery Creek is situated an hours drive from Alice Springs and is a stunning sandy-beached oasis tucked between two ridges. This gorgeous swimming spot has been carved out of the rock after thousands of years of flooding, and the overlapping concentric circles etched into the surrounding cliffs are a reminder of just how ancient this place is. There are a number of walking trails available, excellent swimming, and a quaint picnic area. The lead-up road into the creek is a dirt road but definitely worth the bumpy drive.
Another stunning landmark, Ormiston Gorge is a breathtaking swimming spot thanks with high red walls and white-limbed eucalypts. There are sandy beaches to sit and relax while dipping your toes in the cool, clear waters. Due to the relative isolation and geographical protection provided by the gorge you may see some or our native animals including the long-tailed dunnart and central rock rat. There are also marked walking tracks including the Ormiston Pound Walk which is a 3-4 hour hiking circuit that provides views overlooking the gorge. Another stunning spot well worth the drive.