West MacDonnell National Park, West MacDonnell National Park
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West MacDonnell National Park, 644 km (400 mi) long, is a series of mountain ranges in the center of Australia, containing a number of gaps and gorges. In many locations along the range, you can see ancient aboriginal art. bushwalking trails vary in distance. For example, the Larapinta Trail is 223 km (139 mi) long and runs along the backbone of the range. You can also take a one-hour or half-day journey aboard the so-called "ship of the desert," a camel-riding experience through the scenic Ilparpa Valley. For a view from above, hire a helicopter to fly you over the most notable red quartzite rock formations, some of which are over 300 million years old. Put West MacDonnell National Park into our West MacDonnell National Park vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in West MacDonnell National Park.
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  • Specifically the West MacDonnell Ranges. If you're from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon on the Mereenie Loop Road or vice versa. Or if you go along the Stuart Highway from Adelaide or Darwin and spend at least one night in Alice Springs. There are plenty of interesting sites: Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge, the Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge,... In all the visit is free of charge except in Standley Chasm where take you the hair to charge you 12 Australian dollars. If you want to go to all the sites and visit them to fund you need at least a whole day. If you are passing, I recommend not miss Ochre Pits and Ormiston Gorge.
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  • We drove the whole loop in a day (dawn to dark) and loved everything about it. What a beautiful landscape, what lovely waterholes, and what stunning views. I would do it again very happily. Recommende...  more »
  • Good drive, the Mareenie Loop road was not nearly as bad as we were led to believe, with an hour stop at Gosses Buff Crater (which is amazing) it took us just over 4 hours, not the 6-7 hours suggested...  more »
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  • Iconic area with plenty of gorges and surreal landscape.
  • Just stunning country! We rode a camel at Sunset to view the sights.
  • Amazing day walks and wildlife everywhere... Try and spot the rock wallabies and birds of prey
  • Must see destination ! some great hikes here !
  • A very picture perfect place to visit and speand some tiome in. Recommend it to any traveller in the area.