HALF-DAY Local Indigenous Tour of “the Jewel of the West MacDonnell Ranges NP”
From 9am (sharp) to 1pm $85 / Adult – Book Now
Only 40 min drive from Alice Springs
The Tour Includes:
- Morning Tea/Coffee with Scones/Cream AND Full Lunch of Cold Meats, Salads, Breads, Dessert & Fruit Platters (with dietary options)
- Local Guide & commentary on a leisurely walk up to STANDLEY CHASM Angkerle Atwatye, a significant “womans’ dreaming” site
- Find out what’s so special about this place: – The geology of these most ancient mountains - An abundance of rare Cycads & fauna - Identify Bush tucker & medicine plants - Hear some Cultural history (site specific) - Learn of our Central Australian heritage
- Using local Indigenous guides from Cultural Connections NT - Enjoy a Cultural Conversation about contemporary Aboriginal society
- Western Arrernte Dot Painting Workshop
( Produce your own souvenir !! )
Bookings Advisable – Online or by Ph: (08) 8956 7440
Standley Chasm …a truly unique outback experience
The Western Arrernte peoples (Pronounced ah-run-dah) have been living in this area for at least sixty thousand years and they have evolved with this fragile Central Australian landscape and the environment to form a partnership of mutual understanding and stewardship.
Their intimate knowledge of this landscape is second to none and combined with seasonal variation and inter-generational wisdom, they have the capacity and the passion to care for this land and to pass it down to their children with great care and affection.
Traditional Owners of Angkerle have always welcomed respectful visitors to their “womans dreaming” site and established Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation to maintain and operate the tourist enterprise and Kiosk Café with the local art/crafts outlet. To impart some of the appreciation they have for this area, the Angkerle Cultural Experience (ACE) tour will give the visitor to Standley Chasm a window into this fascinating world.
This HALF DAY tour consists of a guided walk up to the Chasm with the local community guides explaining some of the geology, flora, fauna, bush medicine, bush tucker and cultural history and heritage specific to this site.
Traditional symbolism used in ‘dot-dot’ art will be explained over morning tea/scones followed by a painting workshop where everyone is encouraged to ‘have a go’ and keep a souvenir they produced themselves, quite entertaining!
Questions and explanations of traditional culture and how it affects modern Aboriginal society is encouraged in the informal Cultural Conversations, raising awareness for lasting social benefits. The tour ends with a sumptuous lunch served on the Verandah of the Kiosk/Cafe, always a perfect end to a great tour.
(Visitors are welcome to return to Chasm at their own pace, for as long as they wish, or explore some of the other walks on site) You could make a special trip out, with Lunch? Camp overnight & enjoy the serenity?, or include as part of a full West MacDonnell Ranges NP tour – don’t miss out.
Or Phone (08) 8956 7440