West MacDonnell National Park


Address : Central Australia NT 0800
Tel :(08) 8951 8211
Vehicle access to West MacDonnell National Park from Alice Springs is via Larapinta Drive and Namatjira Drive. From the direction of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, the unsealed Mereenie Loop Road (4WD recommended) connects Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) with West MacDonnell National Park. Simpsons Gap is also accessible via a 17km sealed bicycle track beginning opposite Flynn’s Grave, 7km from Alice Springs along Larapinta Drive. This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges, located west of Alice Springs, is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements. Cool scenic gorges are important refuges for a collection of plants and animals, many of which are found only here and some are relicts of a bygone era of tropical forests. There are many opportunities for visitors to explore and appreciate the scenic beauty and history of the area. Features of the landscape are significant in the stories of Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture, and have existed for many thousands of years. A world class bicycle path leads out from Alice Springs through the bush to this Park.

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