Red Centre Way: West MacDonnell Ranges (CD)

Rated 4.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

AUD $19.95

The spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges stretch for over 200km from Alice Springs. The drive tour along the Red Centre Way, as it is known, will take you on a journey of discovery. Incredible geological forces have created magnificent gaps and gorges; some you can walk through, some you can swim in!

Look for rock wallabies at Simpson’s Gap while feeling the course sand of the dry river bed between your toes, relax with a picnic lunch after a swim at Ellery Creek Big Hole, walk between the majestic cliffs of Ormiston Gorge, or challenge yourself with a half day walk into Ormiston Pound.

After a day of exploring all that the West MacDonnell Ranges have to offer you can relax at Glen Helen Resort. Stop for lunch or stay overnight and watch the sunset. Travel along a different road and stop at Hermannsburg, the home of famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.


This DIY Tourguide audio tour in CD format will take you from Alice Springs to Glen Helen Gorge along Larapinta Drive and Namatjira Drive. You may chooseto complete the inner loop and travel on to Hermannsburg or continue onthrough to Palm Valley or Kings Canyon. Along the way there is much toexperience and learn about.

  • Distance: 132km (82 miles)
  • Allow: 1.5 hrs to 1 day
  • Tour Audio: 80 mins
  • Bonus Track: Hermannsburg

Audio Samples


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Track 1 - Introduction and Alice Springs Desert Park

Hear what’s in store for you as you as you enter the stunning West MacDonnell National Park, and about the Alice Springs Desert Park, world-renowned for its presentation of Australia’s desert animals in their natural environment.

Track 2 - Reverend John Flynn and Royal Flying Doctor Service

How did people of the Outback communicate with the outside world using bicycle pedals? Learn about the vision of the Reverend John Flynn and his dream of a ‘Mantle of Safety’ for Outback Australia.

Track 3 - Simpsons Gap

Learn how over a period of 60 million years, the Roe Creek has cut a narrow gap through the ranges to form the picturesque waterhole of Simpsons Gap, and why so many Black-footed Rock Wallabies hide in its cliffs.

Track 4 - Geology of the West MacDonnell Ranges

This track will take you back in time – billions of years of time. The spectacular ridgeline of the West MacDonnell Ranges hides a geological story that is almost beyond human comprehension.

Track 5 - Standley Chasm and Ms Ida Standley

Learn how this amazing 70m high Chasm was formed and about the formidable Ida Standley who lived here in a tent! If you enter the Chasm near midday you will be treated to one of the most spectacular light shows in Central Australia.

Track 6 - Albert Namatjira – Aboriginal artist

Hear about the meteoric rise and incredible life of Albert Namatjira, one of Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists. He was often torn between two worlds – living the life of a celebrated artist and being a traditional custodian of his lands.

Track 7 - Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Frogs

If you take some time to rest awhile at these beautiful places, and open your senses, you will notice that there is life here. Your car will be filled with the sound of unique bird calls, and you will hear about the frog that can live under the riverbed for up to 2 years!

Track 8 - Ellery Creek Big Hole

Learn why this popular local swimming hole is so internationally significant to geologists, how it was named after a Victorian astronomer and how the locals use it as their summer beach! Also take a journey into the ancient and rare life at Serpentine Gorge.

Track 9 - Mammals, Plants and Bushtucker

Hear from a local Aranda Aboriginal Guide who knows where and how to find the tastiest bushtucker, how Aboriginal people use animal tracks for hunting and how plants and animals survive in such harsh conditions.

Track 10 - The Ochre Pits

Learn how the different coloured ochres were formed, how each colour is used and why some colours are more significant to Aboriginal people than others. Also hear how Aboriginal people used ochre as a trading commodity.

Track 11 - Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen, Tnorala (Gosse Bluff)

This track is an onslaught of the senses! Take in the delights of these three spectacular jewels of the West MacDonnell Ranges, including insights from the manager at Glen Helen Resort and the dreaming stories owned by a Western Aranda Traditional Custodian.

Track 12 - Hermannsburg (Bonus Track)

Hear how Hermannsburg was the first Aboriginal Mission in the Northern Territory and what life was like there for its residents in the late 1800’s. Hear a local Aranda resident tell the story of why her people gave two early pioneers traditional skin names.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 1 x 1 x 1 cm

5 reviews for Red Centre Way: West MacDonnell Ranges (CD)

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    These tours really made the car journey come alive for me. It’s like traveling with a friend who has all the good info. I also enjoyed having other local people talk about their stories.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    Highly recommended as a travelling companion and a souvenir of the trip. A huge improvement on the fumbling with guidebooks that have characterised our previous self-dirve trips – a joy to listen to and very colourful, with commentary, not just by Laurelle, but by local identities and experts. The West MacDonnells DIY Tourguide enriched our trip immeasurably. A trip to Ayers Rock with DIY is on the list for next time. Thanks!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    I just love the drive tour to Glen Helen especially the bird calls and the information about the snakes from the desert park guide.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5


    Well researched and well presented – I was disappointed when it was over and had to go back to the CD’s!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    What a novel and interesting idea to experience an area!! If I ever get the chance to travel out that way, I’ll definitely make a purchase!

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