Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park
Explore the majestic beauty of this park. The cool scenic gorges are refuges for plants and animals unique to here.
The Aranda people refer to the West MacDonnell Ranges as Tjoritja (pronounced Choor-it-ja).
In their lore and culture, the landscape was created by ancestral beings during a mythological time, the foundation of their spiritual beliefs and identity.
It's home to threatened species including the central rock-rat and long-tailed dunnart as well as other species like the black-footed rock-wallaby and MacDonnell Ranges cycad.
The park is located west of Alice Springs and stretches 161km.
Some of the sites you shouldn't miss on a journey here include Simpsons Gap, Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm (privately operated) and the permanent waterholes at Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen.
Places to go
If you're planning to fly your drone, you must get permit before you arrive. Read about rules around flying your drone.
How to get there
From Alice Springs, access the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park's many visitor areas along Larapinta Drive and Namatjira Drive.
From Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) access the park on the unsealed Red Centre Way (Mereenie Loop). You need a permit to access this road.
Check road conditions before you go.