West MacDonnell National Park

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West MacDonnell National Park
Northern Territory
IUCN category II (national park)
West MacDonnell National Park.JPG
View along the West MacDonnell Ranges from the Larapinta Trail, near Glen Helen
Nearest town or cityAlice Springs
Established30 September 1992 (1992-09-30)[1]
Area2,568.61 km2 (991.7 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesParks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
WebsiteWest MacDonnell National Park
See alsoProtected areas of the Northern Territory

West MacDonnell is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia) due west of Alice Springs and 1234 km south of Darwin.[2] It extends along the MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs.

The popular extended walk, the Larapinta Trail, runs east-west along the linear park, following the West MacDonnell Ranges. The park includes many tourist attractions along its 250 kilometre length including Ormiston Pound, the Ellery Creek Bighole, Glen Helen Gorge, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Mount Sonder, Serpentine Gorge, the Ochre Pits and Redbank Gorge.

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  1. ^ a b "CAPAD 2012 Northern Territory Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory". Retrieved 10 April 2016.

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