The Finke River 4WD (four wheel drive) route
Finke River 4WD (four wheel drive) route takes in a
spectacular section of the mighty Finke River and provides
a challenging 4WD experience between Finke Gorge and
Watarrka National Parks. The Finke River with its permanent
waterholes and wide flat bed has been of great importance
to Aboriginal people for thousands of years, providing
a travel and trade route through the region.
Ernest Giles was the first European explorer to navigate
this section of the Finke River in 1872. Many more explorers
recognised its value as a navigation aid in their push
north. After the establishment of an inland mission
at Hermannsburg in 1877, Lutheran Missionaries came
to use the Finke as a supply route. The first white
settlers established a pastoral industry around the
reliable waterholes of the Finke.
Today this section of the Finke River is protected
within the Finke Gorge National Park. The drive amongst
the River Red Gums is an excellent opportunity to observe
wildlife, especially the waterbirds of Central Australia.
The route is high clearance 4WD only and is not suitable
for trailers. The remoteness of the this area makes
planning and emergency contingencies essential.
Before you begin: Determine your fuel needs remembering
that driving is mainly 4x4 and fuel consumption will
be higher than normal. Take 6 litres of water per person
per day, plus extra water in case of delays.
& Wildlife Service of the
Northern Territory Regional Office - Arid Zone Research
Address: Tom Hare Building South Stuart Highway, Alice
Springs NT 0870
PO Box 2130 Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 8211 Fax: (08) 8951 8290