Standley Chasm - Entry and Self Guided Tour

1 Hour
Alice Springs Region, Northern Territory
Culture & Nature
Year Round
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Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye is a traditional Aboriginal womens’ cultural site located in a private flora and fauna reserve, surrounded by the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. It is owned and operated by the Angkerle Corporation made up of Aboriginal members that are direct descendants from Aboriginal people that have lived in this area for thousands of years.


Standley Chasm - 50kms from Alice Springs (approx 40min drive). Drive West on Larapinta Drive until you see the turn off to Standley Chasm on the right.

What to expect

Take a short drive from Alice Springs to Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye an oasis in the Central Australian Desert, the jewel of the Larapinta Walking Trail, and a place of great cultural significance for Western Arrernte people.

On arrival, head to the Café to collect your access pass to the Chasm. This is a self-guided 2.4km round trip taking approximately 15 mins each way depending on your fitness level. The path has been upgraded to a Grade 1 Access path, making it accessible for wheelchairs however, the natural conditions and some rough surfaces require sensible walking shoes be worn and care taken.

This is a significant geological site that has a unique micro climate which has created distinctive features such as ancient Cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old, washed down from miles upstream.

Sections 3 and 4 of the Larapinta Walking Trail, which are highly recommended with spectacular landscapes, also commence from here, but do require some preparation. Our campgrounds can be used as a helpful base for day trips, overnight stays, transfers or food drops. We facilitate the NT Parks and Wildlife Walkers logbook and an extensive Larapinta Trail information point.

Also provided at the site - clean toilets, shower facilities, solar hot water, laundry and gas BBQs, and a café serving hot meals and coffee, making this a great place for bushwalkers rest and recovery.

What is included

Your ticket provides entry into Standley Chasm. Entry is via the Café.

Standley Chasm is open Monday – Sunday. Gates open 8am -5pm. Please note no entry after 4:30pm.

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Planning your trip

Walkers need to be of moderate fitness.
All native plants and animals are protected.
Sturdy walking shoes recommended and adequate supplies of water taken.
The more advanced walking trails are generally well marked, however contact details must be left with staff at Café prior to departure.
Standley Chasm is located in a private flora and fauna reserve owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust and is operated by Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation.

Meeting point

Standley Chasm - Hugh, Northern Territory. The café is adjacent to the entry point at Standley Chasm.

What to bring

Walking shoes
Water bottle


Standley Chasm