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Alice Springs Standley Chasm Day Tour

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Alice Springs day trip to West Macdonnell Ranges, Simpsons Gap and famous Standley Chasm. See striking rock formations, permanent waterholes, deep gorges and impressive Standley Chasm.

Image Simpsons Gap famous ghost gums. The West MacDonnell Ranges, just west of Alice Springs via a sealed road, holds some of the most impressive geological formations in the whole of the Northern Territory. This tour visits some of the more important locations such as Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm.

Simpsons Gap is exactly what it was named by it's founder back in 1871, a gap through the West Macdonnell Ranges. With permanent waterholes and abundant flora and fauna, Simpsons Gap is an important geological feature of the beautiful area roughly 18 kilometers from Alice Springs.

A feature of the Simpsons Gap topography is the 2 striking ghost gums that stand like sentinels in the desert, guarding access to the area beyond. The famous aboriginal painter, Albert Namatjira, painted these very 2 ghost gums and the Simpsons Gap area was a favorite place for him to paint and enjoy the quiet solitude of this ancient land.

Standley Chasm imageStandley Chasm is a 5 meter fissure in solid rock which leads through the range, and a place where sunlight hits the floor of the chasm only at midday. With deep red sandstone walls, Standley Chasm is certainly one of the most strikingly beautiful places one can visit from Alice Springs and is a must see spot for all tourists.

A delicious picnic lunch is provided and the tour has the option of also including entry to the Alice Springs Desert Park.

Starting around $75 per person, the West Macdonnell Ranges tour includes a visit to Reverend Flynn's gravesite, the man who is regarded as the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a stop at Anzac Hill for scenic views over Alice Springs.

Tour commences at 9.00am and concludes at 1.00pm with the optional tour to the Alice Springs Desert Park concluding at 5.00pm. Hotel pick up and drop off is included in the price plus all park entry fees applicable on the day.