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
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Serpentine Chalet and Serpentine Gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges
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A lookout above the cliffs gives hikers a good view of the winding narrow Serpentine Gorge and its series of semi-permanent waterholes. The gorge is located approx.

outback road100 kilometres west of Alice Springs, and its secluded location provides for a memorable walk through scenic surrounds. River Red Gums line the well-marked walking trails that vary between 1 and 3 kilometres in length.

Access is by conventional two-wheel drive vehicle and is likely to be difficult in wet weather as the last few kilometres is a rough access track. This road is unsuitable for buses and caravans.

Serpentine Chalet - looking down at the dam [©Parks and Wildlife Service NTThe quiet, out of the way Serpentine Chalet Bush Camping Area, along Namatjira Drive, in the Alice Springs region, presents an opportunity for simple bush camping and the chance of several walks to visit spectacular sites along the MacDonnell Ranges.

The nearby Serpentine Chalet ruins tell a story of a failed early tourism venture. An unsealed access track, suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles, runs to the campsite and ruins.

Then a rough four-wheel drive track continues onto Serpentine Chalet Dam and the Larapinta Trail.

 

 

This destination is not recommended for buses, caravans, or motor homes.
Opening times: ¦ Daily, 24 hours
Activities: ¦Camping ¦Bushwalking
Facilities: ¦BBQ Facilities

Mt Sonder  - West MacDonnell ranges travel guide and tours courtesy of Northern Territory TourismNearby Mt Sonder

The ranges dominate the southern view and it is possible to climb to vantage points on the face to get photographs across the river and chalet to Mount Sonder.

 

 

SECTION 8 - One Day Walk
(Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam) is a challenging one day walk as it includes a steep climb to the top of Counts Point, which offers stunning panoramic views.

The walk is graded as hard, starting at Serpentine Gorge and finishing at Serpentine Chalet Dam (or visa versa) and would require a drop off and pick up. Another idea is to park a car at either end. Section 8 is well worth the effort if you enjoy a steep climb and descent and want to be rewarded with one of the best views along the Larapinta Trail. Access into Serpentine Chalet Dam is by high clearance 4WD only, however you can walk out along the access track past the ruins to the 2WD area. Another option is to extend your walk by 6.3km to the Ochre Pits via the Arrernte walk. The Ochre Pits is accessible by 2WD.

Highlights:
Enjoying a well deserved break at Counts Point.
The views over the Alice Valley along the ridgeline. Views of Mt Sonder in the distance.

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Photographs Courtesy Of: NTTC - Northern Territory Tourism Commission.
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Photographs Courtesy Of: PJ B & M Hutchinson Private Collections
Information courtesy of Parks and Wildlife Service NT for the promotion of tourism for the Larapinta Trail.

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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

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