We are planning to have organised rides throughout the Event week to various locations within easy access for day rides from Alice Springs. Information will be provided and assistance given to organise self-run group rides for longer rides.
Half Day Rides - West
Ilparpa Loop Road & Transport Hall of Fame
Depart at 1000.
The Ilparpa Road is a 35 kilometres loop immediately west of Alice.
It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. There are good views and photo places on this loop. The loop can be in done either clockwise or counter-clockwise; each way gives a different view of the ranges. After the finish of the loop, it is planned to continue down the main south road to the Transport Hall of Fame and Old Ghan Train Museum. This is located approximately 8 kilometres south of the town. An entry fee is charged. There is a cafe for refreshments and toilet facilities at the complex. As many hours can be spent in the complex, it is planned that people take their time and return to town at their leisure.
Simpsons Gap & Angkerle (Stanley Chasm)
Depart at 0900 and return by 1300 or Depart at 1300 and return by 1700.
This is a 115 kilometres return ride west of Alice.
It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. The first stop is Simpsons Gap. Simpsons Gap was listed on the original route for the overland telegraph line from Adelaide to Darwin, enabling it to pass through the West MacDonnell Ranges. This route was never used as, after the original route was chosen, The Gap in Alice was found and the better route for the telegraph line was organised through the now township of Alice Springs. There are toilet facilities at the Gap.
Then onto Angkerle (Stanley Chasm); the chasm is renowned for the shadow / sunlight that bounce off the walls of the 80 metre high steep and narrow chasm. This gives remarkable colour / shading effects to the walls. These change as the sun moves across the narrow gap at the top of the chasm. There is a small fee to walk into the Chasm. There is a kiosk where you can get something to eat and a drink. There are toilet facilities.
Half Day Ride - East
Emily & Jessie Gaps
Depart at 1000 and return by 1200.
This is a 50 kilometres return ride east of Alice.
This is a trip east along the Ross Highway to view a couple of the small gaps. It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. There are no facilities at either Gap. First stop is Emily Gap where you can see a large rock painting which depicts the caterpillar dreaming. Then we ride onto Jessie Gap. Europeans first sighted Emily & Jessie Gaps in 1871. Then return to Alice.
Day Ride - West
Lookout Run to Tylers Pass
Depart 0830 and return by approximately 1600.
Tylers Pass Lookout is located about 175 kilometres west of Alice.
The return trip will be approximately 350 kilometres.
It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. On this ride you will be following along the MacDonnell Ranges which gives you some great views of the ranges & the surrounding country side as you ride along. On the way to and from Tylers Pass, we will be stopping at a series of lookouts that give photo opportunities of the West MacDonnell Ranges and surrounding area.
There are no facilities at Tylers Pass. However there is fuel & food available at
Glen Helen Resort (131 kilometres from Alice Springs) and there are facilities there for customers.
On the way out you will pass the entrance to gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges and we will be stopping at Chalet Ridge Hill lookout – 104 kilometres.
The second stop will be the Mt Sonder Lookout – this is just past the turn off into Glen Helen which is 131 kilometres from Alice. Tylers Pass is another 44 kilometres. This is set on top of a hill overlooking Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) to the southwest and east back along the MacDonnell Ranges. Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) is a place of great cultural significance to Aboriginal people, as well as one of international scientific interest.
The Aboriginal dreamtime story is that women were dancing high in the skies with their wooden baby carriers and accidently dropped the carriers onto the area. Scientists believe that around 142.5 million years ago an object from space, believed to be a comet, crashed to earth and blasted a crater then 20 kilometres wide.
Today the land’s surface is about 2 kilometres lower than the original impact surface and has eroded back to about 5 kilometres in diameter. There are two shelters so you can take in the views out of the sun. There is an information board to explain what you are viewing. After you have taken in the view we will head back to Glen Helen. This is a distance of 44 kilometres.
The best part of the ride from Glen Helen to Tylers Pass is that this section of road has some of the best winding road in this southern area of the Territory. There we will stop at Glen Helen for lunch and a drink. On the way back to Alice, we will stop at Point Howard lookout, which is on top of a rise. The run back to Alice from this lookout is approximately 87 kilometres.
Day Ride - West
Ormiston Gorge & Glen Helen
Depart at 0900 and return by 1500.
Ormiston Gorge is a 270 kilometre return trip.
Fuel is available at Glen Helen 132 kilometres from Alice.
It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. This ride takes you west from Alice along the MacDonnell Ranges giving you some great views of the ranges & the surrounding country side as you ride along.
The first stop is 77 kilometres from Alice at Point Howard – a lookout hill.
Then onto Ormiston where you can do the walk which includes climbing stairs to Ghost Gum Lookout. This is a 40 minute return walk. Those who don’t wish to do the lookout walk can walk up to the waterhole for a swim. This is only 500 metres from the visitors centre and is an easy walk. There are toilet facilities at Ormiston. When you’ve viewed these sights it is onto Glen Helen Resort for lunch and a drink. This is only 12 kilometres from Ormiston.On the return we will stop at Chalet Ridge – another hilltop lookout.
The run back to Alice is 95 kilometres from this lookout.
Day Ride - North
Arulta Atwarte (Native Gap) & Aileron Roadhouse
Depart at 0900 and return by 1530.
This is a 266 kilometre return trip north of Alice.
Fuel is available at Aileron – 133 kilometres north.
It is a good dual lane bitumen road all the way. On this ride we will be stopping off at a number of places of interest on the road which are spaced at regular intervals on the road north.
Two stops heading north: Arulta Atwarte (Native Gap) Conservation Reserve. This is 115 kilometres north of Alice. Here you can climb the hill and view the surrounding country side. Ryan Well Historical Reverse.
Three stops coming south: Connors Well, Tropic of Capricorn Marker & the Highway High Point Marker. At Aileron, there is a walk that involves climbing a hill and at the top is a remarkably tall statue of an Aboriginal. This statue is visible from kilometres either side of Aileron. Also at Aileron are memorabilia around the roadhouse and inside there is a display of historic photo and art work.
The roadhouse offers full facilities, meals and takeaway food. We return by the same route on the north /south highway from Darwin to Adelaide.