West MacDonnell National Park, West MacDonnell National Park

#5 of 23 in Nature in Red Centre
Must see · Mountain · Nature / Park
West MacDonnell National Park, 644 km (400 mi) long, is a series of mountain ranges in the center of Australia, containing a number of gaps and gorges. In many locations along the range, you can see ancient aboriginal art. bushwalking trails vary in distance. For example, the Larapinta Trail is 223 km (139 mi) long and runs along the backbone of the range. You can also take a one-hour or half-day journey aboard the so-called "ship of the desert," a camel-riding experience through the scenic Ilparpa Valley. For a view from above, hire a helicopter to fly you over the most notable red quartzite rock formations, some of which are over 300 million years old. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, West MacDonnell National Park holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the West MacDonnell National Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create an itinerary including West MacDonnell National Park
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

West MacDonnell National Park reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
421 reviews
  • The range is unlike anything I have seen elsewhere. It seems to just pop up out of the desert. The sides display strata showing how the earth was tortured during the uplift. I took a large number...  more »
  • Driving through the West MacDonell was a very scenic drive with plenty to see & never boring! You'll not be dissapointed, with some great some great sites to visit: Ormiston Gorge, Simpsons Gap...  more »
  • Just go here! Absolutely amazing place. While there may not be heaps to do, the views here are absolutely spectacular. I can't wait to come back here in the future. Simply stunning.
  • One of the best parks to visit, plenty of gorges, excellent scenic walking paths. Plenty of places for accommodation We spent 5 days not completing all the places. I am coming back to complete the remaining places it is just beautiful and scenic
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance