02 Aug West Macs or West MacDonnell National Park
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park stretches 161km west of Alice Springs and will draw you in with its majestic beauty. Known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, the continuation of cultural practices and a connection to the land is highly significant for local Aranda Aboriginal culture.
How to visit West Macs or West MacDonnell Range?
The West MacDonnell Range, known locally as the ‘West Macs’, extends west of Alice Springs over 161 km. This vast, ancient and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, encompasses the West MacDonnell National Park, and is an important refuges for plants and animals, many of which are found only here, living side by side with relics descended from ancient tropical forests.
The West Macs park encompasses an ancient landscape sculpted over time by climatic elements. It is also a refuge for rare and threatened plants as well as wildlife, including the uncommon bird species such as the Peregrine Falcon. To start with it’s simply gorgeous. Ranges, gorges and waterholes, flora and fauna, hiking and swimming, everything one could hope for in a place like this. There are numerous marked walking tracks ranging from leisurely to adventurous. The 223 kilometre Larapinta Trail stretches through the park and offers extended and overnight bushwalks for fit, experienced and well prepared walkers.
There are plenty of places to camp in the park, with varied access and facilities. Camping fees apply and overnight visitors should bring their own water supplies. Commercial facilities are available at Glen Helen Resort. Explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area on foot, swim in a waterhole, or pitch a tent for a longer stay.
The Larapinta Trail
One of Australia’s most spectacular trekking experiences The Larapinta Trail, in the heart of Central Australia, runs over 230km along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk.
The trail has many highlights including Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Mount Sonder.
Some of the sites you shouldn’t miss on a journey here include Simpsons Gap, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm (privately operated) and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen.
The Arrernte people, sometimes referred to as the Aranda, Arunta or Arrarnta, are a group of Aboriginal Australian peoples who live in the Arrernte lands, at Mparntwe and surrounding areas of the Central Australia region of the Northern Territory. Many still speak one of the various Arrernte dialects. Features of the landscape are significant to the Arrernte people, including the Ochre Pits that have long been a quarry for important ochre pigments.
Camping Rentals Alice Springs
Explore the West MacDonnell National Park at your own leisure. Hire one of our large 2WD or a 4WD together with our Camping equipment to experience the beauty of the outback in its most natural way.
You can stay at some of the Resorts or if you would like to camp, we can supply you with everything that you will need to experience Uluru (Ayers Rock ) Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas ) and Kings Canyon. Sleep in a swag under a 5 million star motel. You will love the experience. It is recommended that 3-5 days to explore the above as well as the majestic MacDonnell Ranges with its 350 metre high cliffs and beautiful water holes to go swimming in. We will provide maps as well and give you an itinerary to help you discover the jewel of Australia. Don’t forget to checkout our Explore Central Australia page to give a brief over-view of some of the sights along each route.