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Ormiston Gorge tours from Alice Springs
to the West MacDonnell ranges in Australia
Sightseeing day tour to the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice
Springs in Northern Territory Australia. The West Mac's are
a mighty mountain range - their majesty takes most people
by surprise. We travel along them all day - stopping at beautiful
gorges and waterholes as we go. In the warmer months make
sure you put your bathers in to enjoy a refreshing swim at
Ormiston Gorge or Ellery Creek Bighole.
Ormiston Gorge tours from Alice Springs and return to the
Western MacDonnell ranges in Australia.
details here for a one day tour from Alice Springs and return
to th West MacDonnells
• See http://www.macdonnellranges.com/
Massive geological forces created the towering red walls
of Ormiston Gorge and Pound, located within the West MacDonnell
National Park, 135 kilometres west of Alice Springs.
Within the gorge is a permanent waterhole, estimated to
be at least 14 metres deep, which provides a refreshing finale
to a day's exploring.
The seven kilometre long Ormiston Pound walk is a full circuit
from the visitor centre across the rocky slopes, onto the
flat floor of the pound and returns along the gorge via the
Other walks in the area contain interesting collections
of regional native flora, including a number of relic plant
species remaining from a tropical past. Camping and caravanning
Access: Ormiston Gorge is located 135 km west of Alice
Springs. Access is via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The
Visitor Centre is approximately 8kms from the Ormiston Gorge
turn-off on Namatjira Drive. Sealed roads provide access by
conventional vehicles. All roads can be impassable for a short
period after heavy rain.
Where Is Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge and Pound is located 181 kilometres along
the Larapinta Trail starting from the Alice Springs Telegraph
Station and is the Trailhead for Sections 9 and 10 of the
Territory PDF Map of Ormiston Gorge
When to visit
The Park is accessible all year round. The cooler months
(April to October) are the most pleasant.
Camping - Camping facilities are available for tents.
Spaces are limited and operate on
a first come, first served basis. There is a separate
camp ground for school groups. Gas barbecues, toilets and
showers are provided. Camping fees are payable at the site
and camping is only permitted in designated areas.
There is a limited supply of drinking water at Ormiston Gorge.
People planning to stay should carry their drinking water
requirements with them.
• BBQ Facilities
• Car park
• Coach Parking
• Picnic Area
• Public Toilet
• Shaded Area
• Sheltered Area
Swimming - The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole
situated 500 metres from the Visitor Centre. The water hole
is ideal for swimming, especially in the warmer months. Swimmers
should be aware that most water holes are extremely cold.
Prolonged exposure, even during summer, can result in hypothermia.
Beware of submerged logs and rocks.
Walking - The best way to appreciate the scenery of
Ormiston Gorge and Pound is to follow one of the many marked
walking tracks. The 5 minute Waterhole walk and the 20
minute Ghost Gum Lookout walk are the most popular with
The 3-4 hour Ormiston Pound walk completes a full circuit
from the Visitor Centre, meandering around scenic slopes,
dropping into the flat expanse of the Pound and returning
For the keen walker the Larapinta Trail also passes through
the area (see Parks and Wildlife Regional Office or the Ormiston
Gorge Visitor Centre for details).
Section 9 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as hard -
a rough and narrow track with some steep and/or long climbs
and descents, suitable for fit people with previous bushwalking
Section 10 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as medium
- a narrow track which may be rough in places, with some
climbing and descending, suitable for people who walk regularly.
The area contains an interesting variety of native fauna
and flora including a number of relict plant species remaining
from a tropical past. The rediscovery of the Long-tailed Dunnart
and the Central Rock Rat highlights the Park as an important