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From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

1. From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

Enjoy an exciting 1-day safari on a four-wheel drive from Alice Springs through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct. Hermannsburg is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection, in particular the works of famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Enjoy a leisurely tea in Hermannsburg, and then set off on your 4WD for the second half of the adventure. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into the stunning Palm Valley. Admire the spectacular rock formations, such as the one known as the Amphitheatre, and the lush palm trees of the oasis rising out of the white sand. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants such as the cycad and the Livistonia Mariae. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the beautiful Finke Gorge National Park, and on your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colors of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges.

Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs

2. Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs

Expose yourself to authentic Australian culture on a full-day tour to Palm Valley, departing from Alice Springs. Drive along the ochre colored roads of the West MacDonnells along the way. Follow the designated state route of Larapinta Drive, traveling into the Aboriginal homelands of the Arrernte people. Immerse yourself in true outback country as you head into the Finke Gorge National Park. Upon arrival, a 4WD coach will drive you along the dry bed of the Finke River, traveling to the strange, semi-tropical oasis of Palm Valley in the Red Center. Go for a bushwalk through groves of livistona palm trees, and enjoy the remoteness of the landscape. Next, stop off at the 19th-century Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg to learn more about the aboriginal history, art and culture of the region.

East MacDonnell Ranges: Small Group 4x4 Tour & Picnic Lunch

3. East MacDonnell Ranges: Small Group 4x4 Tour & Picnic Lunch

Explore the beautiful East MacDonnell Ranges, bearing ancient formations that reveal geological formations, picturesque gorges and Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. See evidence of early European mining adventures and enjoy a delicious picnic. Walk through the Trephina Gorge and discover superb and diverse scenery.The contrasting hues of the bright blue skies and quartzite rock formations bring all the colors of Central Australia into vivid detail.  Explore Arltunga, the boomtown at the heart of the 18th century gold rush. Discover this wonderfully well-preserved ghost town, with the restored police station, old gaol and mine shafts. Get a glimpse into the Australia’s distant past and experience what life was like for these hardy prospectors of the Outback. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch once you have worked up an appetite and stop lastly at Emily and Jessie Gaps. These picturesque gaps are of major spiritual significance to the Eastern Arrernte Aboriginal people and are registered sacred sites that include sacred paintings. An easy walk at Emily Gap takes you to a large rock painting depicting this ancient Aboriginal song line.

West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

4. West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

Depart your Alice Springs accommodation at approximately at 7.30 AM and visit the 'West Macs'-  a stunning natural wonder. Learn about this prehistoric mountain range - broken by a series of gorges and chasms - from your guide on the drive.  First stop is Simpsons Gap, which offers a short, easy walk to a waterhole (no swimming), rich in native wildlife. Follow the dry creek bed and massive River Red Gums to a dramatic gap in the range, featuring towering cliffs on either side. Keep your eyes out for the famous colony of adorable Black-footed Rock Wallabies! Standley Chasm (Angkerle) is up next, a perfect place to stop for morning tea. This picturesque walk, suitable for all fitness levels, winds through a beautiful oasis, lush with an amazing array of native plants including cycads and ancient pines. The walk finishes with an astonishing view of the sheer quartzite walls rising more than 60m on each side of the narrow chasm. Then, see Ellery Creek Big Hole: the biggest and deepest waterhole in Central Australia. It offers superb swimming (summer months only) and scenery unlike anywhere else, and is only a few minutes’ walk from the car park. Visit the Ochre Pits, where Aboriginal people have been mining ochre for thousands of years and still use ochre today for medicinal, ceremonial, and spiritual purposes. The vivid colours make for excellent photographs so bring your camera. You will also stop at Mt Sonder Lookout, which is a stunning 360 ⁰ vista overlooking one of the most picturesque sections of the Finke River: a favourite spot for photographers and landscape painters. Stop for a gourmet picnic lunch, before visiting Ormiston Gorge’s spectacular scenery. A string of beautiful waterholes emerges from the immense gorge, carved by a once mighty river. The deep, permanent waterhole offers excellent swimming (summer months only) and a stunning lookout to see abundant wildlife. Finally, on your way back to Alice, make a brief stop at the famous John Flynn Memorial before drop off at your accommodation in Alice Springs at around 5:30 pm. 

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 45 reviews

The overall trip was very pleasant. The driver was knowledgeable and courteous.The fact we were able to get off the bus and walk around on our own was really worth the trip. I enjoyed being able to walk on my own and take pictures as I pleased. The bus was very roomy and clean. I did get a little concerned when we were driving into Finke Gorge, seemed a bit of a bumpy ride but, we made it! Overall I would recommend this tour and would do it again.

Educational and enjoyable. Could never have done it on our own without appropriate 4WD vehicle and experienced 4WD driver. Glad we went in winter. Only complaint is that local agent AAT Kings required confirmation call 24-48 hrs prior to excursion, and ours was booked on a Sunday, but their contact number only operated during business hours Mom-Fri. The local number given to call was in Austria, not Australia!

It was a very interesting tour. The walk at Palm Valley was a little difficult in parts and many thanks to our wonderful driver and guide, Dave, who helped us get up to the top and then down again. I think we were a bit optimistic about our mountain-climbing abilities but the view once we were up there was well worth it.

Very knowledgeable and friendly guide (Harry) and stunning views and scenery in the Valley. Great morning tea and good picnic. Highly recommended tour!

Spectacular scenery and magical colours! Having a guide who was so passionate about the area made for a very special experience.