Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

  West MacDonnell National Park

West Maconnell Ranges    West Macdonnell Ranges

The West MacDonnell National Park, includes spectacular scenery that encompasses parts of the MacDonnell Ranges and offers much for the those interested in camping and bush walking. This mountain range is one of the world’s oldest. 800 million years ago it was higher than the Himalayas. Over time, the elements have taken their toll and worn the mountains down, but even today you can sense the majestic power it has over the landscape and experience the spirit in the land.


Larapinta Track • Totalling 250 km is this series of spectacular sections for camping and bushwalking.

Uluru • Formerly known as Ayers Rock, is one of the must see stops by visitors to this area.

Alice Springs • Email: • Website: • It’s the heart of Australia, the capital of the Outback and the most romantic country town in the world. It’s where the Arrernte Aboriginal tribal group have lived for 20,000 years and where pioneer men and women gave “tough” a new meaning. It’s where they race camels, hold hilarious holiday regattas in dry river beds and where Peter Finch finally caught up with Virginia McKenna in the 1956 film classic "A Town Like Alice".

Accomodation and How to Get There

How to get there

Vehicle access along the southern boundary of the park is on the Larapinta and Namatjirra drives, west of Alice springs.There is easy access to all parts of the park from these roads. They sealed for 135 km to Glen helen Lodge. An unsealed road loops back via Tyler's Park and Hermannsburg on Larapinta Drive. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is necessary only for the Palm Valley section of the park.


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