Standley Chasm - Entry and Self Guided Tour
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.
Standley Chasm - Hugh, Northern Territory. The café is adjacent to the entry point at Standley Chasm.
What to bring
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Standley Chasm is an integral part of the Central Australian tourism and cultural landscape. It is a 100% Aboriginal owned entity, is one of the first Aboriginal tourism enterprises and has been operating since 1972.
Angkerle Atwatye Aboriginal Corporation aims to provide an enriching and memorable experience for visitors, and a strong and successful partnership between Traditional Owners, government departments and the tourism industry.
The product range has recently been expanded to include freshly made, quality food and beverages, an investment in Standley Chasm-specific souvenirs and merchandise as well as local Aboriginal art and artefacts, and providing authentic Arrernte cultural guided tours with Traditional Owners. Provision of campsites and amenities is also a drawcard for a steadily growing numbers of visitors to the region, as well as walkers completing the world-famous Larapinta Trail.