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East MacDonnell Ranges & The Plenty Region

The East MacDonnell Ranges could be considered the 'hidden gems' of Central Australia.

 

Much of the East MacDonnell Ranges depict the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal Yeperenye Dreaming. At Emily and Jessie Gaps you will see rock art, red ochre and white lime paintings, as well as flocks of native budgerigars drinking from waterholes. Figs hug gorge walls, bloodwoods hang with bush coconuts and bush passionfruit grow from the sand. You will think this land is unyielding but you will be pleasantly surprised. The 300-year old ghost gum at Trephina Gorge is one of the finest natural features in the region. Trephina Gorge hosts five walking trails that showcase the sheer quartz cliffs, rivers and creeks. From the shades of N'Dhala Gorge over 6,000 prehistoric rock carvings, art and shelter sites, and rare plants will be revealed.

The East MacDonnell Ranges aren’t all about natural history, the Binns Track wriggles through the ranges to the ghost town of Arltunga, the site of a gold rush in the 1930’s. There are a few accommodation choices in the region, Ross River Resort built on the original site of Loves Creek Homestead, Old Ambalindum Homestead, a working cattle station that was settled in the 1900’s and Gemtree, a quiet bush caravan park.

Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve

Parks and Reserves
East MacDonnell Ranges NT
Corroboree Rock is a dark grey column of dolomite an hour's drive east of Alice Springs. It is one of many sites in the MacDonnell Ranges that is of great importance to t... show more

Wayoutback Australian Safaris

Tours
Kakadu National Park NT
From the culturally rich, red sand landscapes of Uluru and the sheer beauty of the Red Centre, to the wildlife and river systems of the Top End, Wayoutback Australian Saf... show more

Wayoutback Australian Safaris (Book Now)

Tours
Kakadu National Park NT
From the culturally rich, red sand landscapes of Uluru and the sheer beauty of the Red Centre, to the wildlife and river systems of the Top End, Wayoutback Australian Saf... show more

Yeperenye Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park

Parks and Reserves
East MacDonnell Ranges NT
Yeperenye Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park are the first noticeable features of the East MacDonnell Ranges. Pack a picnic, watch the local wildlife, or follow a short wa... show more

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

Parks and Reserves
East MacDonnell Ranges NT
Discover the rugged landscapes, wildlife, Aboriginal and pastoral histories of the East MacDonnell Ranges at Trephina Gorge Nature Park. Located 85km east of Alice Spring... show more

Ruby Gap Nature Park

Parks and Reserves
East MacDonnell Ranges NT
Ruby Gap Nature Park is a remote spot located on the most eastern side of the East MacDonnell Ranges. Located 150 kilometres from Alice Springs, it was the site of Centra... show more

AAT Kings - NT Day Tours

Tours
Alice Springs and Surrounds NT
From soul-stirring sunrises over the ochre sands of the Red Centre against a glittering canopy of stars, through to the Top End’s pristine waterfalls and wildlife rich-... 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

N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park

Parks and Reserves
East MacDonnell Ranges NT
N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park is a fascinating site that protects thousands of prehistoric rock carvings. Located within the East MacDonnell Ranges, 90 kilometres east of Ali... show more

Gemtree Tours

Tours
North of Alice NT
Red Earth, Red Centre, Red Gems! Buried beneath an inland sea for millions of years, the hidden treasures of Central Australia lay waiting for you to discover them. Add s... show more

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