7. From Alice Springs: West MacDonnell Ranges Guided Tour
Experience the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges on this tour from Alice Springs. Head to locations like Anzac Hill, Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve, Honeymoon Gap, Simpsons Gap, and Standley Chasm. Marvel at natural wonders and stop at some local memorials. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Alice Springs. Sit back and relax in the comfortable bus to Anzac Hill. Stop for panoramic views over Alice Springs and the surrounding MacDonnell ranges. Learn about the war memorial at Anzac Hill and have a history discussion about the historical civilization in Central Australia. You can take photos in panoramic views over the town of Alice Springs. You may be able to capture one photo to cover the entire town. Anzac Hill is a memorial dedicated to those who served in Australia’s defense forces during all international wars. Your tour then continues towards Honeymoon Gap. Honeymoon Gap/ Temple Bar Gap is a small gap south of Larapinta Drive opposite Simpsons Gap, 14km west of Alice Springs. The gap is of great significance to the Arrernte people, the traditional owners of the land. The name Temple Bar Gap fell out of favor following the site becoming the honeymoon location for Robert (Bob) and Victoria (Vicky) Darken, who married at the Alice Springs Methodist Church on 25 June 1942. Bob Darken was given a week's leave from the army, and the couple planned to camp for a week at the gap and borrowed a car and a tent. The couple had repeated issues with the car and it rained for most of the week, so, concerned for their safety, friends decided to visit them regularly; they said they were "going to see the honeymooners" or "going to honeymoon gap." It was not until 1981 that the name of the pass was officially changed to Honeymoon Gap and, in 2004, the NT Place Names Committee agreed that the official name of the gap should remain Temple Bar Gap. Continue to the towering cliffs of Simpsons Gap. Discover why this area is vital to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. Stroll along a dry creek bed to a dramatic gap in the MacDonnell Ranges. Try to spot some local wildlife, like black-footed rock wallabies at the watering hole. Head to the dramatic Standley Chasm geological formation. The next stop on your exploration of the West MacDonnell is a picturesque walk at Standley Chasm. After Mrs Ida Standley, who in 1914 became the first school teacher in Alice Springs, this place was named Standley Chasm. Standley Chasm is operated by Arrernte Aboriginal family members who are direct descendants of the Aboriginal people who have lived in the area for thousands of years. Experience the unique landscapes created by the micro-climate in this valley. Travel to John Flynn's Grave Historical Reserve, where the Reverend Flynn was resting. Hear about Flynn, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Enjoy the changing colors of the West MacDonnell Ranges from this location and get some photos.