MacDonnell Ranges Information
The MacDonnell Ranges are one of the Northern Territory’s most spectacular series of mountain ranges that run a staggering 644 kilometres long. The ranges are named after Sir Richard MacDonnell the former Governor of South Australia at the time of discovery by explorer John McDougall Stuart.
Formed as one massive mountain 350 million years ago, the ranges have changed over time with faults and weather erosion creating numerous gaps and gorges that make it the scenic natural wonder it is today. The highest peak in the ranges is Mount Zeil and at 1,531 meters above sea level makes it the highest Mountain in the Northern Territory.
Although the MacDonnell Ranges officially run from East to West of Alice Springs, the West MacDonnell Ranges are the most popular with tourists and travellers. The locals nickname the western side of the ranges as “West Macs” and the National Park is abundant with plenty of wildlife to see for any nature lover.
The area of the MacDonnell Ranges also tell stories of significant history with the Arrernte Aboriginal people that have inhabited the ranges for thousands of years. It is well advised to take a guided tour to the ranges to get the most of your holiday experience. For an even better way to go why not charter a helicopter as the views from above are guaranteed an impact that will last for a lifetime of memories.
For those who enjoy rock climbing, there are endless places to discover with many areas having never been seen before in human history. The experience can be summed up as the equivalence of being the first man on the moon. The most popular and frequented gorges however would be Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorge.
The Ranges are accessible all year round but the best times would be in the cooler months from April to September.
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