Friday June 6, 2014
The west Macdonnell ranges were naturally formed over 300 million years ago. This amazing mountain range is the home of many different rock types including red quartzite, granite, limestone, sand stone and siltstone. Being composed of so many different rock types contribute to this mountain range’s unique beauty and offers a variety of breathtaking sights at every turn.
To fully experience this mountainous realm, you have the opportunity to camp two nights when you take a red centre tour to the West Macdonnell Ranges. Camping in the West Macdonnell Ranges, you will feel the peace and rejuvenation that comes with being out in nature, away from civilization. Because the mountains are remote, light pollution is nonexistent. Therefore, at night, you’ll be able to see and experience Central Australia’s stars in their full glory.
Also on your West Macdonnell Range Red Centre tour, you will visit natural monuments, such as Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. Both Ormiston and Glen Helen Gorges offer unique geological landforms.
Ormiston Gorge’s blend of rock formations and water create a variety of interesting and beautiful native flora. The clear water in Ormiston Gorge is enticing for swimming and cooling off on hot days.
Glen Helen Gorge is at the base of the West Macdonnell range, welcoming visitors with tall walls of sandstone. Similar to Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge offers visitors a similar swimming opportunity but also presents spectacular views of Mount Sonder, one of the highest peaks in Central Australia. According to the Aboriginal people, Glen Helen is the home of an ancient Rainbow Serpent. This Rainbow Serpent has healing powers and can change its form. It is said that visitors can see the Rain Serpent in the rock formations above Glen Helen.
The tour to the West Macdonnell Range is made complete with a visit to the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community which enriches travelers’ experience with the ancient cultural significance of the West Macdonnell Range.
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