West MacDonnell National Park
Most Alice Springs tourists will pop out to West MacDonnell National Park, dipping into key sites that are generally just off the road: Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Resort. Each of these has excellent short walks in which you have a fair chance of seeing rockwallabies and abundant birdlife. But rather than hurtling around seeing everything in a day before racing back, take a swag or tent, or hire a campervan, and camp at one of the top spots. You will have far more chance of seeing a wider range of wildlife, hearing dingoes howl, and watching the bush come alive in the crisp early morning. You will also have more of a chance to go for a longer hike on a section of the extraordinary Larapinta Trail (see Bushwalking above). In summer you can take a dip in some of the waterholes, which can be extremely cold.
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