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Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Adventure from Alice Springs

1. 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.

West MacDonnell Ranges Small Group Tour

2. 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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What people are saying about Finke Gorge National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 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.