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West MacDonnell Ranges & Town Getaway

It is surrounded on all sides by the jagged MacDonnell Ranges, which according to the traditional owners, the Arrernte people, was formed during the Dreamtime by giant caterpillars.

Product Description

As we drive towards the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges we pass by the amazing outback scenery, while your Coach Captain will talks to you about significant landmarks as we drive past and will share details of the region’s history and rich culture.

Our first stop for the day is at the incredible Simpsons Gap, which is surrounded by towering cliffs, and is one of the best known destinations in the ranges. We walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks.
We arrive at Angkerle by late morning, and again you can take a walk along the stony watercourse and take in the rich plant and birdlife along the way.

You’ll have some free time here to relax and enjoy a light lunch prepared by the local indigenous caterers, before we depart from Angkerle and return back to Alice Springs for an afternoon town tour.

The town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback with an overflow of history and heritage. On the tour of this historic town you will visit a lot the popular landmarks, some of which are listed below:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This morning you’re headed for the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. While driving through amazing outback scenery, your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and share details of the region’s history and rich culture.
  • Founder of the Flying Doctor Service and the Australian Inland Mission, Reverend John Flynn made a significant contribution to the provision of critical services in the outback. One of many memorials across the Northern Territory in his honour, the John Flynn Memorial Historical Reserve is the site where he was laid to rest.
  • First stop, the incredible Simpsons Gap. Surrounded by towering cliffs, Simpsons Gap is one of the best known destinations in the ranges and features a number of walking tracks. Walk through Simpsons Gap to the waterhole, keeping an eye out for the elusive black-footed rock wallabies hiding among the rocks.
  • Late morning you’ll arrive at Angkerle. Here you can take a walk along the stony watercourse and take in the rich plant and birdlife along the way. Light Lunch Included.
  • This afternoon you’ll learn how the town of Alice Springs has evolved into the central hub of the Australian outback. Established by the early explorers, it began as a repeater station along the Overland Telegraph Line. Overflowing with history and heritage, Australia’s most famous outback town is now the central headquarters to a range of essential services and a thriving tourism industry. The traditional custodians, the Arrernte people, refer to Alice as ‘Mpwante’ and a wander through the centre of the town will introduce you to their traditions and stories.
  • Your next stop today is the Alice Springs School of the Air. Established in 1951, this school provides education to primary school children living on remote properties throughout the Northern Territory. You’ll learn how this service is delivered via satellite across more than one million square kilometres.
  • Built in 1872 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide, the Telegraph Station is the site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Now a historical reserve, featuring the original stone buildings and furnishings from the early 1900s, the Telegraph Station is a must to visit and learn more of the history of the Alice.
  • Visit the home and headquarters of the highly respected Royal Flying Doctor Service. Delivering medical services to people who live, work and travel in remote and rural Australia, the RFDS is a critical resource for this community. You’ll learn of its remarkable history through stories, images and their wonderful interactive museum.
  • Home to the largest reptile display in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Reptile Centre will introduce you to Terry the saltwater crocodile and let you get very close to enormous goannas and frill-neck lizards. You’ll have lots of fun here, particularly during the afternoon show and if you’re game, try the supervised handling session.
  • A visit to Alice Springs is just not complete without a stop at Anzac Hill. Originally dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives during WWI, it now honours all those who have served in wars that Australia has played a role. Absorb a breathtaking panoramic view of Alice Springs and the East and West MacDonnell Ranges.

Additional Information

Tour Duration

Departs:Daily (Apr-Nov & Mar) and Mon, Thu & Sat (Dec-Feb) 7.30am from Alice Springs (earlier from your hotel), Returns: 6.00pm approximately to Alice Springs

Package Inclusions

Luxury tourist coach transport – panoramic windows, climate controlled air-conditioning, toilet, video, state of the art sound systems, reclining seats, Professional Driver/Guide, Light lunch

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