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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Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area at Kata Tjuta - The Olgas
in Northern Territory, Central Australia
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Talinguru Nyakunytjaku has opened to the public and all tour operators at 12.30 pm today (8th October 2009.) This new $21 million dollar viewing area offers remarkable views of not only Uluru but the 36 head-shaped domes of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. As a reminder the turn off is sign posted from the new road and the destination has ample self regulated parking for coaches (46 coach parking bays), which is separate from the car parking area. A map of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is attached for your convenience . New road directional signage is excellent and the traffic congestion previously experienced at the old sunrise site area is a thing of the past.

Please also note that the old sunrise area will be decommissioned on the morning of the 9th October and the area will no longer be available for sunrise visits. APT are delighted to advise we are using Talinguru Nyakunytjaku for all our sunrise visits - and customers are already enjoying the magnificence of this site.

Kata Tjuta
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Watching the colour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta change is spectacular. At sunrise, the giant monoliths emerge from the inky landscape, changing from purple through to rusty browns and red in the golden sunlight. Sunsets can be particularly spectacular when the sun sinks through cloud formations.

The colour changes result from the effects of the earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays.

The ash, dust particles and water vapour present in the earth's atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of day.

Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours. There are specific parking areas constructed at the best locations to view and photograph the sunrise and sunset at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Kata Tjuta

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku new viewing area

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku offers visitors stunning new views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a previously inaccessible area of the park. The area allows visitors to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the wider desert landscape of spinifex covered dunes and swales, dotted with kurkura or desert oaks.

http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/uluru-kata-tjuta-national-park (PDF)

Kata Tjuta

Cultural Centre
When you visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you should ensure that you explore the Cultural Centre first. You will enjoy exploring the park much more if you understand Anangu culture and this very special cultural and natural environment.

Opening hours Cultural Centre

Open 7.00 am - 6.00 pm daily
Information Desk Open 8.00 am - 12 noon and 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm daily
Entry to the Centre is free

Ininti Cafe and souvenirs
Provides a wide selection of souvenir gifts, books, videos and clothing that feature Uluru and the cultural heritage of its traditional owners. Ininti Cafe has a comfortable air conditioned area for visitors to sit down and enjoy light refreshments whilst enjoying a magnificent view of Uluru.
Opening daily: 7:00 am - 5:15 pm
Phone (+61) 8 8956 2214
Fax (+61) 8 8956 2437
Email: ininticafeandsouvenirs@bigpond.com
or
Email: cafe@ininti.org.au

Kata Tjuta

Sunset and Sunrise maps and guide

Viewing areas Depending on where you are, whether it is sunset or sunrise and what you are looking at, there are many ways you can capture the beauty of this place to remember your visit. Many people eagerly watch the colour changes on the red rocks with the sun behind them. Equally as stunning are the rocks as silhouettes, especially if there are some clouds around this option could also a good one if you want to escape the crowds. A suggestion for when it rains is to head directly to the base of Uluru and watch the waterfalls. Ask at the entry station or Cultural Centre information for sunrise and sunset times. Remember to stay on marked tracks or behind the fences at all times.

1 Car Sunset Viewing views of Uluru
This is one of the most popular views of Uluru, especially at sunset to watch the colour changes. For a silhouette shot visit this area at sunrise. For those travelling in cars, strictly no coaches.
2 Bus Sunset and Dune Walk Viewing views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta Dune Walk lookout 500 metres return from carpark 30 mins This area is accessible all day until 4pm, when it is set aside for the use of buses and coaches. From this area you can see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. See the distinct vegetation of dune habitats and tracks of birds and nocturnal animals. Cars are not permitted in this area after 4pm: it is for buses and coaches only, this is a safety precaution.
3 Talinguru Nyakunytjaku views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta This destination captures both Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the same shot and offers a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding World Heritage landscape. With no photography restrictions and the choice of three wiljtas (shelters), two viewing platforms and a few kilometres of walking track, you will be sure to find a spot that suits your needs.
4 Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing area views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta This provides a spectacular panoramic view of Kata Tjuta with Uluru far away on the right. Sun on the rocks at sunrise, silhouette at sunset.
5 Kata Tjuta Sunset Viewing views of Kata Tjuta Take a photo at sunset to see the stunning colour change into the deepest red. Visitors are reminded that they will need to be outside the Park boundary one hour after sunset (the Park boundary is 45 minutes drive from Kata Tjuta).

http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/national-parks/uluru-kata-tjuta-national-park

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East MacDonnell National Park and West MacDonnell National Park
in the MacDonnell Ranges in Northern Territory, 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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East MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
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