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ORMISTON GORGE – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITIES ALICE SPRINGS

Our day in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park kept delivering right until our last stop at Ormiston Gorge. Located 135km from Alice Springs, Ormiston Gorge is an easy drive from town. Of all the places we explored in the National Park, this is my favourite. It’s an oasis with its waterhole, shady trees and easy wheelchair access.

Ormiston Gorge
BJ taking in the view at Ormiston Gorge

A path leads from the carpark to an accessible viewing platform and the views, well, they’re just glorious.

Ormiston Gorge
Accessible viewing platform at Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge showcases the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. The Gorge has a near-permanent waterhole, estimated to be up to 14 metres deep at its southern end.

Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge

Stairs lead down to the Gorge, which is popular with swimmers in the warmer months. Apparently in summer the water’s still cold. Swimming definitely wasn’t on our mind in mid-winter.

Ormiston Gorge
Ormiston Gorge

AJ and I went exploring on the other side of the Gorge and it is beautiful but the views from the accessible path are just as good. So, if like BJ, you need to stay there, don’t feel you’re missing out. The sand here works a little like quicksand and it was hard going walking in it.

Ormiston Gorge

The fresh air, sightseeing and walks seemed to leave the kids constantly hungry so we visited the kiosk which has excellent wheelchair access and hearty pies perfect for a winter’s day.

There’s a wheelchair accessible bathroom and accessible parking.

Ormiston GorgeAccess is easy at Ormiston Gorge and it really does showcase the spectacular geology and landforms of the MacDonnell Ranges. In our opinion, Ormiston Gorge is a must-see if you are visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park.

Ormiston Gorge

 




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