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West MacDonnell Range
Known locally as the 'West Macs', the West MacDonnell Range extends west of Alice Springs over 160 km. This vast, ancient and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, encompasses the West MacDonnell National Park, and provides some wonderful gorges and natural refuges for the plants and animals that are found living side by side with relics descended from ancient tropical forests.

Spectacular views, magnificent landforms, greet the traveller as you follow the sealed road westward out of Alice Springs. Sunrise and sunset are also wonderful times to take a scenic drive, although care should be taken of wildlife such as kangaroos, wild horses, camels, donkeys and cattle.

The drive takes you along Larapinta Drive, then take the right into Namatjira Drive where the sealed road takes you all the way to Glen Helen Gorge, passing numerous attractions including Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Bighole, Serpentine Gorge, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. At the end of the scenic drive you can enjoy the panoramic view from the Mount Sonder Lookout or continue on to  Redbank Gorge.

West MacDonnell Range - Snapshots from Australia

West MacDonnell Range © Ausemade Pty Ltd
West MacDonnell Range © Ausemade Pty Ltd
West MacDonnell Range © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Early morning heading west out of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive, following the West MacDonnell Range
Early morning heading west out of Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive, following the West MacDonnell Range.
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