Known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, the continuation of cultural practices and a connection to the land is highly significant for local Aranda Aboriginal culture. Majestic views, historic lands, and trails for everyone. All at West MacDonnell National Park.
West Macdonnell National Park is one filled with history and excitement. It sits on land known as Tjoritja by the Traditional Owners, and the area is integral to the local Aranda Aboriginal culture. The land features gorges that offer home for a variety of plants and animals, some remainders of a bygone era of tropical forests, relics unique to the area. There are also trails for casual and avid walkers, including our most famous Larapinta Trail. This trail runs through the heart of Central Australia and extends over 230 kilometers. It is divided into 12 sections with each taking a day or two. Make sure to check out the Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Mount Sonder along the way! You will be amazed by its beauty, especially with the Ellery Creek Big Hole! It is a spectacular waterhole in the Ellery Creek that cuts through gorges in the West Macdonnell Ranges, perfect for walking, swimming. and picnicking. Visitors can also view the Redbank Gorge, a perfect gorge for viewing threatened plants and animals. It also offers a refreshing stop with cold waters to float in and waterholes perfect for swimming. Take note of the wildlife too: there are numerous species of anything from birds to reptiles. Are you taken by our scenic sights yet? Come and explore more!