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 road trip planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We drove from Alice Springs towards Glen Helen Gorge. I wasn't sure if we would have time for the many side trips into MacDonnell Range. However once we got going, we found the signage all along the w...  more »
  • What a beautiful scenic drive, I had to stop so many times to take more and more photos. I recommend everyone travelling through the centre to take a drive down Larapinta drive.  more »
  • Big nature understated and you can avoid the crowds (mostly) in summer. Great rock formations and gaps, Pound Walk is a highlight if you are not up for the full trail.  more »

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