a breathtaking display of bold form and rich colour
Located 51km by sealed road, just 30 mins drive west of Alice Springs, Standley Chasm has been gouged through tough sandstone by the floods that, over untold millions of years, have surged down a narrow tributary of the Finke river system. Today the result is a deep red cleft in the West MacDonnell Ranges crowded on either side by craggy slopes that rise 80 metres above the floor.
An inspiration regardless of either the weather or the time of the day, the Chasm is at its most dramatic an hour either side of noon on a bright sunny day when the sheer quartzite walls glow from reflected sunlight to create a breathtaking display of stark form and rich colour.
An entirely different experience is provided along the walking track that links the carpark to the Chasm. This follows a creek where spring-fed pools attract a great variety of wildlife, particularly birds. Arrays of wildflowers flourish in the harsh regions surrounding Standley Chasm.
Thanks to a constant water supply from a natural spring, the gully floor is lush with vegetation that ranges from delicate ferns to tall gum trees; many species such as the cycad palm, have survived here in the shadow of the arid hills from a long-gone wetter age.
Standley Chasm is located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust and is operated by the Traditional Owners of this unique site. As a local community owned tourist enterprise, Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation can assure a reliable and authentic Arrernte experience, with professional catering services provided in a tranquil bush setting, as we want to share with our visitors this special place that we have cherished for generations.