Standley Chasm with Kids (Angkerie Atwatye)
Imagine taking a nice stroll through outback greenery, only to arrive at a chasm of quartzite walls. These unique walls were formed by ancient sea beds and when under direct sunlight, appear to glow a fiery orangey red. I’ll let you in on a little secret, not many people actually get to see this spectacle. Due to the direction of the walls of the Chasm, there is only approximately 90 minutes out of everyday, around noon, where you can see this magic happen.
Standley Chasm (Angkerie Atwatye) can easily be reached in a standard vehicle on a day trip from Alice Springs. I visited on a self-drive camping trip with my husband and kids when traveling from Alice Springs to Uluru via the ‘alternative’ way.
See the route we followed on this blog post: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)
Standley Chasm is located on Aboriginal Land and to reach it, you follow Larapinta Drive west out of Alice Springs for approximately 50km. Once you see the signs for Standley Chasm, you take a short 8km sealed road into the car park.
The Chasm itself is a really awesome sight to see, however there are also pretty good facilities here. Facilities include toilets, camping, food, BBQ, drinks and a gift shop. There is a $10 entry fee per person and kids paid a discounted fee when I visited.
The short but beautiful walk to the Chasm itself from the Kiosk is quite easy-going. In fact, it’s easy enough for young kids to manage as Mr nearly 4 managed the walk perfectly fine by himself, often running off up ahead. It took around 15-20 minutes going at an easy pace. Toddlers may need to be carried, mainly due to the distance. It’s a short walk for adult legs but fairly long for little ones. Little Miss 18 months walked some of the way however I carried her in the Ergo Baby Carrier for the majority of the walk. (See my baby and toddler carriers for travelling page for more information).
As mentioned above, the best views of the Chasm are around mid-day when the sun is directly overhead. This turns the Chasm walls a glowing orangey red.
You can also do a 3km return walk along Section 3 of the world-famous Larapinta Trail here. I’m hoping to visit again in the future when I have more time so that I can do this walk.
In general, visiting Standley Chasm with kids is easy! The walk doesn’t require any special abilities, and the cafe and picnic areas make it ideal for a lunchtime visit.
Check out Standley Chasm’s official website at http://www.standleychasm.com.au for more information on visiting this awesome place.
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