The Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park stretches west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory for some 220 km. Access to the park is primarily via Larapinta and Namatjirra Drives from Alice Spring.
The Larapinta Trail is the premier walking trail through the Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park. This is a 223 km multi-day walk through the length of the entire national park, from the Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sounder in the far west. It is made up of 12 sections.
Simpsons Gap is located 25 km west of Alice Springs and is a great place to start exploring the Tjoritja/West Macdonnell National Park - especially by visiting the visitor information centre on Darken Road. Free gas BBQ facilities are available at the picnic area and near the Ranger Station.
- Ghost Gum Walk
The Ghost Gum Walk is an easy 10 to 15 minute walk that starts at the Ranger Station, highlighting the native plants of the area.
- Cassia Hill Walk
The Cassia Hill Walk is a 1.8 km, easy to moderate return circuit that takes about an hour to complete. Great views of the surrounding ranges and Simpsons Gap can be had while on the walk.
- Woodland Trail
The Woodland Trail is a return walk of 17 km to Bond Creek.
Ellery Creek Bighole is a waterhole on Ellery Creek. Ellery Creek Big Hole is about 80 km west of Alice Springs, via Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. The final 2 km is via an unsealed access road, generally suitable for 2WD vehicles. There are both picnic and camping facilities at Ellery Creek.
- Ellery Creek Walk
The Ellery Creek Walk is an easy 5 minute stroll from the carpark to Ellery Creek Big Hole. It wheelchair accessible.
- Dolomite Walk
The Dolomite Walk is a 3 km circuit walk that takes a bout 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and is rated as easy to moderate.
The photos are all hosted at Flickr and can be viewed via the slideshows below. Alternatively, clicking on the centre of each slideshow will take you to the album at Flickr, which will of course allow you to view far better images.
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - West Macdonnell Ranges
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - Ormiston Gorge
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - Ochre Pits
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - Dolomite Walk
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - Ellery Creek Big Hole
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 13 - Standley Chasm
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 14 - Simpsons Gap
ABOVE: Red Centre Holiday 2016: Day 14 - Cassia Hill Walk