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Bushwalking & Hiking

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There is an array of short and leisurely trails, to the more strenuous traversing the breathtaking country of Central Australia.

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The MacDonnell Ranges is host to an array of walks that amble across the geological history of the Red Centre and reveal a variety of fauna and flora, including a number of relict plants from the region’s tropical past. You can learn about the local Arrernte Aboriginal culture and see the stunning scenery, gorges, chasms and waterholes.

If you are a more experienced walker, you might want to tackle the Larapinta Trail. Divided into 12 sections, extending over 223 kilometres across the ridgelines and plateaus of the West MacDonnell Ranges, the Trail has been voted by National Geographic as one of the top 20 trekking experiences to be had on the planet.

Enjoy some of the most famous day walks in Central Australia at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Follow in the steps of the Anangu ancestral beings that shaped the landscape and discover the natural beauty and rich culture of the region on a self-guided or guided tour.

If hiking or bushwalking is not for you and you would prefer a short walk or even a stroll, Alice Springs itself offers walking tours with in the CBD, cultural tours and a wonderful botanic garden.

Birthday Waterhole

Parks and Reserves
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Birthday Waterhole is a semi-permanent pool on the Hugh River in the West MacDonnell Ranges, rarely suitable for swimming. It is also the Trailhead for sections 4 and 5 o... show more

Tnorala/ Gosse Bluff Conservation Reserve

Parks and Reserves
South of Alice Springs NT
The Tnorala/Gosse Bluff Conservation Reserve is an enormous comet impact site and a place of significant international scientific interest. It also has great cultural and... show more

The Giles Track

National Parks
Kings Canyon NT
The Giles Track is a 22-kilometre walking track located within Watarrka National Park. This two-day hike offers the chance to experience impressive natural landscape and ... show more

Ochre Pits

National Parks
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Head out into the West MacDonnells to see the vivid colours of the mineral ochre pits, which have been mined for generations by the local Aboriginal people. Located 110k... show more

Serpentine Gorge

National Parks
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Serpentine Gorge is a narrow gap in the West MacDonnell Ranges, 100 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Follow a well marked path and easy path to the gap and peaceful wate... show more

Larapinta Trail

Attractions
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Ranked as one of the planet's top 20 treks, the Larapinta Trail is a 223 kilometre walking track which traverses the magnificent, semi-arid landscapes and impressive, roc... show more

Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell National Park

National Parks
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Tjoritja/ West MacDonnell National Park stretches for 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs. Explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area on foot, swi... show more

Alice Springs Expeditions

Tours
Alice Springs NT
Alice Springs Expeditions offers personalised bespoke tours (up to 6 passengers) to the most spectacular natural attractions around Central Australia. Meet John, the o... show more

Trek Larapinta

Tours
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Established in 1998, Trek Larapinta is a boutique award-winning trekking operator, offering world class guided walking holidays on the Larapinta Trail. As a small local o... show more

Standley Chasm Angkerle

Caravan Parks & Camping
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is a "must see", spectacular geological and culturally significant icon of Central Australia. Surrounded by the West MacDonnell Ranges ... show more

Walking Country

Tours
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Walking Country, based in Alice Springs, offers genuine small group tours, specialising in extended, fully catered, walking tours of the world class Larapinta Trail. C... show more

Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)

National Parks
Kings Canyon NT
Watarrka National Park encloses Kings Canyon, with its 300-metre-high sandstone walls, walking trails, lush forests and permanent waterholes. The most impressive of these... show more

Mt Sonder

Parks and Reserves
West MacDonnell Ranges NT
Mt Sonder is the third highest peak in the West MacDonnell Ranges and Northern Territory. It marks the western end of the section 12 of the Larapinta Trail, a 223 kilomet... show more

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