The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
Home to the MacDonnells Ranges tourist information guide sites One day sightseeing, extended tours, premium coach touring, overnight to extend camping safaris to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia. Hire and rental such as a 2-3-4 berth camper van, 4WD Camper, luxury RV motorhome and selfdrive from Alice Springs to Uluru Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta - The Olgas, Kings Canyon, Mereenie Loop, West MacDonnells Ranges and East MacDonnells Ranges in Australia's Red Centre Way in Northern Territory Australia.  
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About Northern Territory, Australia
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Australia is a big country covering 800 million hectares, an area equal to the size of Eastern and Western Europe plus Scandinavia and is about the same size as Mainland USA yet we only have the population of the California coast, Holland or one large European industrial area - 17 million. Imagine it! 

We are an underdeveloped and under populated country. The sheer vastness and the diverse landscapes of Australia are difficult to describe - desert, snow, tropical rainforests to mention just a few. Australia is one of the most astonishing and beautiful continents in the world. 

Australians are, generally, very friendly people, easy going and unregimented or, as we say, "laid back". We hope this is something you will like about us! 

Our diverse multi-cultural society is reflected in all aspects of our every day life - food, festivals, art etc. We are a mono-lingual culture with an Australian version of English. Ask us to talk slower - even North Americans and the English have trouble with our Aussie English!

Come see and experience the real Australia


Mail can be received en route at the towns throughout Australia. Remember if receiving mail via a Post Office that they are only open on weekdays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm being closed on weekends and public holidays.

All Mail should be addressed as follows -

Mr & Mrs, Ms. (Your name)
c/- (TOWN) Post Office
State. Postcode. Australia.

Australian seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere's:

Spring - September to November 
Summer - December to February
Autumn - March to May 
Winter - June to August
April to September in northern and central Australia - clear warm days, with cool to cold nights. At the same time in the south - cool with occasional rain but still some sunshine.

November to March is warm to hot everywhere; high humidity and often heavy tropical rain in the north (Darwin & Cairns areas) and temperatures over 40 C will be encountered and on some days temperatures could reach 50 C.; warm to hot with mild nights in the south.

If travelling in north Queensland or Darwin and the Top End in January, February or March be prepared for periods of rain.




Banking Hours: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Thursday
9.30 am to 5.00 pm on Friday.
Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Automatic Banking/Cashpoints/Hole in the Wall/ATM facilities are available in most towns - fee apply.

Credit Cards:

The most widely recognised and accepted Credit Cards in Australia are Mastercard (including Eurocard) Visa, American Express and Diners Club are also widely accepted in most major tourist centres. Other overseas cards may present difficulties.

Travellers Cheques:

Travellers cheques are safe, convenient and can be cashed at all banks and many of the larger hotels/motels. Australian Travellers Cheques and larger denominations are recommended. 

Tipping: is optional and is not generally expected in Australia. For exceptional service a gratuity is appreciated. (Hotel and restaurant accounts do not include service charges).

Laundry/Dry Cleaning: 

Caravan parks ant hotels/motels at major centres will have laundry and ironing facilities available.

Electrical Appliances: 

220-250 volt and 50 cycles AC 3 pin plug. 


Many Travel Insurance Policies are available and we cannot recommend too strongly that you ask your arrange this before you leave.

Alice Springs:

What is there to do in Alice Springs and how long do I need there?

Alice Springs is often called the gateway to the real outback and to Uluru - Ayers Rock. We suggest at least one to two full days for touring Alice Springs. In Alice Springs there is the Flying Doctor Museum and the School of the air, just outside of town there is the world renowned Desert Park to the Camel and Reptile farms. There are cycling tracks into the mountains - always take care and ask about security precautions when visiting a new area..

Where should I start my trip from?

You may start and Alice Springs and end back in Alice Springs, though it is possible to fly into or out of the Uluru - Ayers Rock and for the companies to arrange to pick up you from the Yulara resort or airport to join the tour. One way rentals will occur an extra charge in Uluru - Ayers Rock. Campervan and motorhome and most 4WD companies only have depots in Alice Springs.

How long do I need for touring?

Touring Ayers Rock, the Olgas and Kings Canyon is quite a long trip around 1500km so we would recommend a 3-7 day trip though if your budget is limited and time short there are some 2 day trips that do the three points of interest though not as extensively.

How far is Ayers Rock from Alice Springs?

452km and the highway is sealed all the way with roadhouses and petrol stops every 100 to 150 kilometres.

How hot does it get?

From April to August the temperature is around 20-30 degrees Centigrade and the evenings get rather cold around May to July. From November to March the temperature rises above 38 degrees Centigrade and the evenings and very mild and refreshing pls check the Australian weather site for more accuracy.

When is peak season?

Usually every second year, i.e., 2010 for two to three weeks in October and also from June to August.

Are there dangerous animals in the area?

There are reptiles that can be considered dangerous though they tend to avoid human contact.

Is it worth spending time in Alice Springs or going to Uluru - Ayers Rock direct?

Alice Springs is the gateway to the true outback of Australia and a wonderful place to see native Australians and our laidback outback folk (see Ooraminna Cattle station in our central Australian touring section).

What amount off time do I need in Alice Springs?

One to two full days as there are many attractions around Alice Springs that are fascinating.

Uluru - Ayers Rock:

Can I climb Ayers Rock?

The traditional owners are concerned for your safety in case you hurt and would feel responsible and request you don't climb.

Where can I go to meet Aboriginals?

There are guided tours for an aboriginal culture experience in Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and other areas. Tours are from half day to two days.

Do I need a permit to enter Aboriginal Land?

The desert road called Mereenie Loop that links Alice Springs to Kings Canyon via the Western MacDonnell ranges is unsealed and a permit is available from three outlets one in Alice Springs.

How far is Kings Canyon and Yulara from Ayers Rock?

Kings Canyon resort is 7km from the canyon. Yulara Resort is app 20km from Ayers Rock. Yulara resort is app 50 km from the Olgas.

What is Kings Canyon?

Kings Canyon referred to as Australia's grand canyon is a wonderful sandstone chasm plunging over 300 feet to the bottom hidden within the George Gill Ranges.

What are The Olgas?

The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) is 36 great rock domes dominating the landscape with valley's nestling within.

Darwin and Northern Australia

What amount of time should I allow in Darwin ? (Information)

Around one to three days for local attractions.

Cullen bay Marina
Top End sunset
Darwin Wharf
Rainforrest walk
Litchfield National Park
Emerald Springs bar
Katherine gorge
Shopping in Katherine
Mataranka thermal pools
Daly Waters Pub
Devils Marbels
Barrow CreekTelegraph Station
Anzac Hill lookout
Chambers Pillar
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Government Tourism Sites In Australia

These include
Tourism Australia
Tourism Western Australia
Tourism Northern Territory
Tourism New South Wales
Tourism Tasmania
Tourism Queensland
Tourism South Australia
Tourism Victoria

1542 km Alice Springs                  
3415 km 3012 km Brisbane                
5100 km 2745 km 4670 km Broome              
3143 km 2324 km 1717 km 4095 km Cairns            
3053 km 1511 km 3415 km 1885 km 2727 km Darwin          
728 km 2270 km 1674 km 5835 km 3054 km 3781 km Melbourne        
2724 km 3626 km 4384 km 2388 km 5954 km 4045 km 3452 km Perth      
1420 km 2644 km 995 km 5630 km 2546 km 3053 km 868 km 4144 km Sydney    
3122 km 2065 km 1371 km 3750 km 346 km 2381 km 2765 km 5600 km 2337 km Townsville  
2441 km 2302 km 1132 km 3554 km 635 km 2736 km 2438 km 4722 km 1845 km 290 km AirlieBeach
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Safe Driving In Australia
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Safe Driving In Australia

Thinking of driving in Australia?

If you are a visitor and hold a valid driver’s license (in English) from your own country, you are allowed to drive throughout all of Australia. But an international driver's license, if you have one, does not by itself give you the right to drive in Australia.

If your driver's license is not in English, a translation may be necessary and you may need to have an international license as well.

If you come from a country where motorists drive on the left hand side of the road, there is not much more to know, and you should easily adjust to driving in Australia by following local driving customs and laws.

Below are some information on road rules and safety through out Australia. Follow the links and we hope that this will help your travel in Australia more enjoyable.


Eco Policy

Below is some advise on how to get the maximum benefit from the beautiful environment and rich culture we have in Australia. We believe in being culturally sensitive and minimising any negative impacts on the environment. To support conservation and preserve our cultural heritage, we need your help. You can assist us with these goals by taking the simple steps outlined below.

Before and during your journey to Australia

Learning about Australia before you arrive will enrich your experience. We recommend reading up on the history, wildlife and culture. Some helpful references are: or

Indigenous Australia

In some areas we do ask that you respect any sacred sites and adhere to any requests. This is particularly relevant to some indigenous sites in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Climbing Ayres Rock is permitted however the indigenous people of the area would prefer people did not partake in the climb.

There are also some health risks and if you are attempting the climb, appropriate clothing, footwear and water should be taken for the trip.

Keep Australia Beautiful

In Australia we recycle waste and ask that you separate and dispose of rubbish thoughtfully. The bins have different coloured lids for plastic/bottles and other waste. If in any doubt please ask local campground operators. Keeping Australia Beautiful is important. If you see rubbish you can take the extra step and help us clean up the Nation. We are grateful for your co-operation.

At Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals we use only bio-degradeable products to help the environment. We encourage our clients to do likewise.

Be Water Wise

Water is a scarce resource. Australia regularly experiences drought in many regions. Please use water wisely. If in a particularly affected area we ask that showers be kept to 4 minutes or share a shower with a friend. It can be fun!!

Fire can be a hazard

Bushfires are a real danger in Australia. It may be a Total Fire Ban day. This means no open fires to be lit. It is illegal and a very serious offence with hefty penalties to have an open flame on Total Fire Ban days. Do not throw cigarette butts or matches out of the vehicle. For more information about Total Fire Ban days and fire dangers see

Outback Australia

To experience the natural beauty of the Australian outback is a fantastic opportunity. We do caution all travellers to take care when visiting remote areas. We recommend carrying plenty of additional water and also a spare can of petrol. Be mindful of where the next opportunity will be to fill up with petrol and supplies. For more safety tips when travelling in the Outback see

Helping to protect the environment

Australia has a very unique and fragile eco system. To help protect our beautiful country we ask when walking or cycling, please stay on the designated paths to minimize erosion. Just by watching where you walk can help protect sensitive areas/wildflowers/plants that in some cases can take years to regenerate.

The Great Barrier Reef

Australia's natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef is on many peoples itinerary and a spectacular sight. To learn more about protecting this beautiful natural wonder visit

Australia's unique wildlife needs protection

The magnificent wildlife we have in Australia needs protection. We recommend that you do not travel at dawn or dusk, as this is a peak time for wildlife to be prevalent near the roadways. If it is necessary to travel at these times, please slow down and use extra caution. A kangaroo can jump very suddenly in frount of a car with unfortunate consequences to passengers, animal and vehicle. Feeding of animals is discouraged, as they may be intolerant to many of the additives in products that we consume.

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East MacDonnell National Park and West MacDonnell National Park
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East MacDonnell National Park and West MacDonnell National Park in Central Australia
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West MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
• Larapinta Trail • Glen Helen Gorge • Glen Helen Lodge accommodation • Ellery Creek Big Hole • Ochre Pits • Ormiston Gorge • Redbank Gorge Waterhole • Roma Gorge • Serpentine Chalet • Serpentine Gorge • Simpsons Gap • Standley Chasm • Honeymoon Gap • Palm Valley

• Albert Namatjiras Monument • Namatjira Drive • Namatjira Twin Gums • Hermannsburg • Ghost Gum • Wallace Rockhole • Palm Valley

East MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
• Arltunga Historical Reserve and hotel or camping • Trephina Gorge • Emily Jessie Gap • Corroboree Rock • Ross River Resort • Ruby Gap • N'Dhala Gorge Nature Reserve • Gemtree • Chambers Pillar • Rainbow Valley

Other Highways, Scenic Routes, Ways, offroad 4wd Tracks and Roads in Central Australia
• The Mereenie Loop • Red Centre Way • Explorers Way • Stuart Highway • Ernest Giles Road • Namatjira Drive • Larapinta Drive • Luritja Road • Lasseter Highway • Binns Track

Top End - Natures Way in Northern Territory Australia
• Darwin • Tropical Darwin • Map of Northern Territory • Katherine Gorge • Tennant Creek • Devils Marbles • Kakadu National Park • Natures Way Top End • Katherine Gorge • Litchfield National Park

Alice Springs and Uluru and on the way
• Alice Springs • Alice Springs Airport • The Ghan Alice Springs • Alice Springs Heavitree Gap • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park • Uluru Ayers Rock • Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara • Voyages Resort at Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara • Ayers Rock Airport 'Connellan Airport' • Kata Tjuta 'The Olgas' • Sounds of Silence dinner • Mount Sonder • Mount Connnor • Mount Ebenezer • Curtin Springs • Stuarts Well • Erldunda

Kings Canyon
• Watarrka National Park • Kings Canyon • Kings Creek Station • Kings Canyon Resort • Glen Helen Lodge accommodation

Remote access sites
• Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve • Gosse Bluff Tnorala Tylers Pass • Haasts Bluff - lkuntji

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