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Macdonnell Ranges Adventure From Alice Springs

FROM: $545
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3D
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Min. Age
Ages 12+

Departure Times

Departs: 4:45pm - Tuesdays
Returns: 6:00pm - Thursdays

Pricing Options

$545 AUD / Person - General (Ages 12+) (Between: 23 Apr 2024 and 31 Oct 2024)

Explore the East and West Macdonnell Ranges during this incredible introduction to the Red Centre!

  • 2 day adventure that starts and ends in Alice Springs
  • Travel with a knowledgeable local guide and a sturdy 4WD vehicle
  • Experience epic walking trails, swimming holes, and landmarks 
  • Flexible itinerary filled with outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes
  • Swag camping and delicious meals included

Join the Macdonnell Ranges Adventure From Alice Springs to further explore the natural beauty, cultural sites, and untouched wilderness of the Red Centre! This 3-day camping adventure departs from Alice Springs and whisks travellers through the magnificent Outback scenery. Spend one day in the East Macdonnell Ranges and one day in the West so you can appreciate the land, wildlife, and indigenous significance of each breathtaking location. 

Highlights

  • Explore both the East and West Macdonnell Ranges
  • See Eastern highlights like Emily Gap, Jesse Gap and Trephina Gorge
  • Join guided indigenous walks and visit sacred cultural sites
  • Visit Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge, and Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Meals included throughout the tour
  • Expert local guide to lead the way
  • Wilderness hikes and waterhole swims
  • Sleep in swags for an authentic Australian camping experience
  • Tour starts and ends in Alice Springs
  • Immerse yourself in the Red Centre’s pristine beauty

man walking through outback australia desert scenery

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart Alice Springs

The tour departs from Alice Springs at 4:45pm, giving you the whole day to enjoy this iconic destination in the Red Centre. Once you meet your fellow travellers and tour guide, load up into the 4WD bus and set off into the Outback! Have dinner at your first campsite and relax under the vast starry sky. 

4wd bus parked on red dirt in the australian outback


Day 2 - East Macdonnell Ranges

Today you’ll explore the East ...

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Day 1 - Depart Alice Springs

The tour departs from Alice Springs at 4:45pm, giving you the whole day to enjoy this iconic destination in the Red Centre. Once you meet your fellow travellers and tour guide, load up into the 4WD bus and set off into the Outback! Have dinner at your first campsite and relax under the vast starry sky. 

4wd bus parked on red dirt in the australian outback


Day 2 - East Macdonnell Ranges

Today you’ll explore the East Macdonnell Ranges, home of the Arrernte people. The Traditional Owners of the Land will share their stories, take you on a guided walk to Emily Gap, and reveal fascinating ancient rock paintings. 

Next on the agenda are Jesse Gap and Trephina Gorge, where you can join another guided walk full of unique natural wonders and wildlife. After lunch at the historic Ross River Homestead, you’ll drive over to the West MacDonnell Ranges to set up camp for the night. 


Day 3 - West Macdonnell Ranges

Now it’s time to soak in the sights of the West MacDonnell Ranges! Today your guide will take you to highlights of this breathtaking area, including the canyon walls and glorious waterhole of Ormiston Gorge. You’ll also check out Redbank Gorge and Ellery Creek Big Hole before returning to Alice Springs in the evening. 

rugged outback scenery in the macdonnell ranges

Accommodation

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For the ultimate Outback camping experience, you’ll be sleeping in swags under the stars. 

A swag is like a sleeping bag combined with a 1-person tent. Each swag fits one person and consists of a bedroll, mattress, and elevated canvas cover. So you can get cosy in your swag, zip up the cover for ...

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For the ultimate Outback camping experience, you’ll be sleeping in swags under the stars. 

A swag is like a sleeping bag combined with a 1-person tent. Each swag fits one person and consists of a bedroll, mattress, and elevated canvas cover. So you can get cosy in your swag, zip up the cover for protection from the elements, and breathe in the fresh Outback air as you sleep under the stars. 

The campsites have basic facilities, and everyone is asked to help pitch in with cleaning and food preparation. This creates a communal atmosphere where everyone gets involved and helps the group have a smooth experience.

swags rolled up in a pile in the outback desert

More Information

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What To Bring

  • Day pack
  • Breathable clothing with warm layers for the nights
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat 
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
  • Bath towel and toiletries
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Camera
  • Phone and charger
  • Insect repellent or flynet
  • Power pack for charging without electricity ( if desired)
  • Money for meals
  • Sleeping bag (you can hire one for $35 if you don’t have your own)

Note: There is a 15kg luggage limit, pl...

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What To Bring

  • Day pack
  • Breathable clothing with warm layers for the nights
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hat 
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
  • Bath towel and toiletries
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Camera
  • Phone and charger
  • Insect repellent or flynet
  • Power pack for charging without electricity ( if desired)
  • Money for meals
  • Sleeping bag (you can hire one for $35 if you don’t have your own)

Note: There is a 15kg luggage limit, please only pack soft bags (no hard suitcases)

What's Included

  • 3-day, 2-night adventure in the Red Centre
  • Experienced tour guide
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All transport in a 4WD all-terrain vehicle 
  • 2 nights swag camping accommodation with basic facilities
  • All activities including guided walks, cultural presentations, and swimming holes

What's Extra

  • If you don’t have your own sleeping bag to bring you can hire one for $35

Terms and Conditions

Important Information

This trip is only for fit, active travellers as there are a variety of walking trails and the weather can be very hot. Guests should be prepared to hike 5-9kms per day in hot weather. 

Please notify us upon booking if there are any dietary requirements. Food is prepared in advance and special diets cannot be catered for unless you tell us in advance. 

Itineraries may change due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, cultural events, public holidays, or other factors outside of our control.


Terms & Conditions

All information provided at any time by Outback Tours and our affiliates is subject to these Terms & Conditions. This includes but is not limited to tour information, pricing, blog posts, travel advice, itinerary information and availability.


Your Responsibilities

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours and itineraries prior to travel as specified on your voucher or ticket. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Outback Tours/Mr Travel and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers/tickets are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and the individual tour check-in agent, before boarding, of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. Please refer to the specific tour page for full check-in instructions. Guests unable to attend their ticketed tour, transport or accommodation due to delay or lateness will not be eligible for a refund.

If you are undertaking any scuba diving activities, please read and meet the scuba diving medical requirements and information before travel.


Prices/Extra Costs

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Accountability/Misconduct

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based on feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Outback Tours/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Travel Risk/Insurance

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Guests embarking on activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, skydiving and hiking experiences should purchase insurance appropriate for the risks involved with these activities. 


Transport

It should be noted that any transport you have booked (buses, flights and ferries) through Outback Tours is non-refundable and non-transferable. It might be possible to change flights however do note this must be done directly with the flight operator and we are unable to offer any support with this. This may incur change fees or cancellation fees, it depends on the T+Cs of the flight operators themselves. As we acted as a booking agent for you, it is possible to liaise with the airline directly should there be any unexpected events and the airline is forced to cancel your flights. If there are any changes to your flight times or days, we will get notified and send this email directly to you in a reasonable time.


Merchant Fees

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change.

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Transfers

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies. Not all tours offer transfers, please refer to the individual product to see if this is applicable to your tour.


Itinerary tours, accommodation and transport subject to change

Any specific accommodation, tours, transport, activities or product listed in our itineraries is subject to change according to availability. Our travel agents will do their best to secure you the specific listed accommodation, however, if not possible according to availability, Outback Tours reserves the right to swap and substitute certain products for similar experiences, accommodation or transport that works with your timeframe.


Information & Advice

All information, advice or pricing provided by Outback Tours and our affiliates, or through any of our team, is subject to change. Outback Tours articles and products are provided online for general information purposes only and are intended as guides. Any advice interpreted from information on the website (including but not limited to financial, immigration, employment and tax information) is not specialist advice and does not constitute legal, tax or other professional instruction. Outback Tours does not guarantee that any information provided is up-to-date or accurate. Please obtain professional advice before actioning any advice, including but not limited to tax, immigration, employment, travel restrictions and finances.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations

Client Cancellations

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 60 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers' discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to: admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

All add-on activities (including but not limited to scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours, banana boat rides and waterslides) are subject to availability and price changing, and may not be available during your tour without notice. Guests are not eligible for refunds on the grounds of non-operating extra activities.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Outback Tours/Mr Travel online department.


Refunds

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Outback Tours/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Thank you for booking with our Australian travel experts here at Outback Tours/Mr Travel. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Happy travels! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a luggage limit for this tour?

Yes, the luggage limit is 15kg in a soft bag plus your carry on day pack. No hard suitcases please.

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform ATA of this when booking. Food for the trip is purchased in advance and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing.

What are temperatures like in the Outback?

Temperatures in the Red Centre can be extreme. During the day, the weather can be more than 40 degrees Celsius and the sun is very strong. Pack lots of sun protection and drink lots of water! The evenings are cool, even freezing in the winter months. It is the desert after all! So pack warm clothes for the nights and mornings in the Outback. 

What type of clothes should we pack for the Outback?

Lightweight, active clothing is ideal for exploring the Outback. Bring a mixture of layers, as the temperatures can be hot but long pants and shirts can protect against the sun. If you’re travelling in winter, pack warm clothes for the nights as well. 

Is hotel pick-up available in Alice Springs?

Please enquire about hotel pickup upon booking. This may be organised in advance, but if you don’t pre-organise hotel pick-up, the default pick-up location for the tour is Alice Springs Hotel (formerly Aurora Alice Springs) at 4.45pm, 11 Leichardt Terrace.

What level of fitness is required for this tour?

It’s recommended that travellers only book this tour if they are reasonably fit and active. You should be able to hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, and in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. As long as you’re adventurous and prepared for anything, you’ll have an epic time on this tour!

What are the sleeping conditions like?

You’ll be sleeping in a swag, which is a classic Australian camping experience! A swag is a comfy bedroll with a built-in mattress and a canvas cover. So it’s like a sleeping bag and a 1-person tent combined. Each person has their own swag where you can bundle up and stargaze in tranquillity. 

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