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Explore the East MacDonnell Ranges

Explore the East MacDonnell Ranges

Stretching 150 kilometres east from Alice Springs, the East MacDonnell Ranges are home to a range of exciting and unique adventures that can only be found in Australia’s Red Centre.

There’s plenty to see within the ranges themselves, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out. So, we’ve put together some information on must-see places in the East MacDonnell Ranges.

Trephina Gorge

Located just over an hour outside of Alice Springs, along the Ross Highway, is the Trephina Gorge Nature Park. The park is a well-known highlight in the East MacDonnell Ranges, and it’s clear why when you consider its selection of walking trails and unique Aboriginal art – not to mention the breathtaking views!

N’Dhala Gorge

Further down the track, you’ll come across N’Dhala Gorge Nature Park, a must visit for the history buffs among us! The park is located 90 kilometres from Alice Springs, and a 1.5-kilometre walking track will see you to the gorge.

The Traditional Owners of the land call the area Ilwentje. This area is of archaeological and historical significance as it is home to around 6000 ancient stone engravings, many of which are interpreted on signs as you follow the walking track.

Arltunga Historical Reserve

The history continues along the Ross Highway at Arltunga Historical Reserve, where Central Australia’s first official town once sat. The town was originally established during a gold rush in 1887, and now acts as a glimpse into Australia’s rich mining past.

In the reserve, there are remains of mines, miner’s camps and original buildings that can be explored by the public. Visitors can also try their luck at fossicking in a dedicated area, or there is gold panning available at the visitors centre.

Keep in mind, many tracks within the Ranges are four-wheel drive only, so be sure to do your research before you head off!

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