East MacDonnell Ranges VIP Tour
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Alice Springs, Northern Territory
- Product code: ESTMACSVIP
- Experienced, friendly and accredited guide
- Luxury air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Snacks, fruit and complimentary water throughout the day
- European style morning tea and gourmet lunch
- Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop-off
- 1.5 litre water bottle
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothing
- Jacket in cooler months
East MacDonnell Ranges Elite
The East MacDonnell Ranges or East Macs as known by local Centralians are every bit as beautiful as their famous cousins, the West MacDonnell Ranges. The East MacDonnell Ranges are ancient formations that reveal geological formations, fossils, picturesque gorges, Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and early European mining adventures. Outback Elite Tours East Macs tour has a feeling of getting away from it all.
You will be on your own personalised tour of the East Macs when you join our unsurpassed, small group tour. A luxurious and air-conditioned 4WD will ensure your journey is in comfort and style, delicious cuisine will be served throughout the day and our experienced guide will share their passion and knowledge on this part of Central Australia, leaving you wanting to go on another adventure and discover more from this amazing region.
On this tour you can follow a set itinerary or customise this tour to suit your interests before departure.
Highlights on Tour
Trephina Gorge Nature Park
Trephina Gorge has a unique natural beauty and some of the best walks in Australia. Join our guide on a magnificent walk and discover superb and diverse scenery, wildlife and the Aboriginal and pastoral history of the region. The contrasting hues of the bright blue skies, red and purple quartzite rock formations, pale sandy creek beds, brilliant green foliage, and startling white tree trunks bring all the colours of Central Australia into vivid detail. This area is significant to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and the Wallaby dreaming trail and was also once part of the Garden Station and the early settlement of Central Australia. After the walk, we enjoy a morning tea of home-made Italian buns, yoghurt, biscuits, fresh fruit, juice, teas and European-style brewed coffee in this beautiful setting.
Giant Ghost Gum
Inside Trephina Gorge we get up close and personal to what is believed to be the world’s largest Ghost Gum. This massive tree, with its startling white trunk and branches, is more than 300 years old.
Arltunga Historical Reserve
Central Australia experienced its first gold rush in the late 1800s at Arltunga, the boom town at the heart of it all. This wonderfully well-preserved ghost town, with restored police station, old gaol, and mine shafts allows visitors to get a glimpse into the Australia’s distant past and experience what life was like for these hardy prospectors of the Outback.
Hale River Homestead
The remote Hale River Homestead, nestled in the heart of the East MacDonnell Ranges and on the famous Binns Track, is the ideal place to stop for a delicious lunch prepared by your guide. Hale River Homestead is a working cattle station offering splendid panoramic views of the Outback landscape. Relax and enjoy a gourmet lunch on the shady lawns of this historic Central Australian homestead.
The mysterious Corroboree Rock is a sacred Aboriginal men’s site whose formation from salt lakes dates back more than 800 million years. Our guide will take you on an easy 15-minute stroll around this impressive dolomite rock structure where you will learn about its significance to both the local Arrernte Aboriginal people and geologists.
Emily and Jessie Gaps
Our last stop before returning to Alice Springs is Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park. These picturesque gaps are of major spiritual significance to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and are registered sacred sites that include sacred paintings. The origins of the Yeperenye (Caterpillar) dreaming story, which created the MacDonnell Ranges and many of the landform of this region, began here. An easy walk at Emily Gap takes us to a large rock painting depicting this ancient Aboriginal song line.
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