East Macs

One day tour to East MacDonnell National Park 

The East and West MacDonnell Ranges stretch out for hundreds of kilometres on both sides of Alice Springs. The traditional owners of the Alice Springs area, the Arrernte people, believe giant caterpillars called the Yeperenye became the Ranges by entering this world through one of the gaps in the escarpments of the area. The East MacDonnell Ranges, while not as well known as the West MacDonnell Ranges, do provide beautiful scenery for bush walking, camping and four-wheel-driving. Get ready for your adventure in the wild!

About East MacDonnell National Park

Known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, the East and West MacDonnell Ranges stretch out for hundreds of kilometers on both sides of Alice Springs. The range is a 644 km long series of mountains located in the centre of Australia, parallel ridges running to the east and west of Alice Springs. During the day, the sunlight turns the scenery into a photographic masterpiece and at night the Milky Way is shinier than ever. The East MacDonnell Ranges are full of history and culture, althought for some unknown reasons, the area is much quieter than the neighbour West MacDonnell Ranges area.

To the east of Alice Springs you can find numerous sites important to the local Arrernte people, many of which contain examples of Aboriginal rock art. To the west is the Larapinta Trail a long distance bush walking trail of 223 km along the backbone of the range. Stunning scenery, scenic gorges, waterholes and gaps, all within a couple of hours’ drive from Alice Springs.You’ll be surprised at what the East Macs have to offer!

About the Tour

Start your day with a visit to Emily Gap in the morning light followed by a delicious home made tea at Coroboree Rock, an outstanding dark grey column of dolomite of great importance to the Aboriginal people of the region. 

Take a stroll into the wide sandy creek bed of Trephina Gorge and stand in front of Australia’s largest Ghost Gum. Visit the Arltunga Goldfields and learn the history of this ancient ghost town where you can explore freely the old mines. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch at Hale River Homestead and listen to the owners talk about life on a cattle station, stroll aroundthe homestead built in the early 1900s to get a glimpse of the life back then. Return to Alice Springs through riverbeds & cattle stations via the legendary “Binns Track” on our luxury 4WD. Small groups, big adventures!


What you need to know…

  • Tours depart daily from Alice Springs, you will be picked up at your accommodation
  • We recommend you wear closed shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • Morning tea and light lunch included
  • In summer only, you can take a swim in oasis outback water holes

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Tours start from $255


For bookings and more information feel free to contact our Reception on 08 8929 1609 during business hours or enquire now at stay@jumpinnalice.com.