Where is Palm Valley from Alice Springs | Palm Valley
in the West MacDonnell Ranges |Palm Valley Australia
Park is 138km (about 2 hours drive) west of Alice Springs.
Turn south off Larapinta Drive just west of Hermannsburg.
Access along the last 16km of road, which follows the
sandy bed of the Finke River, is limited to 4WD vehicle
only. Heavy rains may cause this section of the road
to be impassable.
Commercial tour operators regularly visit the Park
from Alice Springs.
The valley is indicative of central Australias tropical
past where Palm Valley and the close surrounding area
is the only place known in Central Australia where the
Red Cabbage Palms (Livistona mariae) survive.
The nearest specimens aresome 850 kilometres away
in Queensland. Whereas the region around Palm Valley
is now largely dry Central Ranges with scrub.
4 x 4 Driving
A 4WD route down the Finke River to Illamurta Springs
and Watarrka National Park begins at Hermannsburg.
This trip requires careful planning and preparation.
Please talk to Rangers to obtain guidance and directions
before heading down the Finke River.
An additional Finke River 4WD Route information sheet
is available from the Parks and Wildlife Services office
in Alice Springs or from the Tourism Central Australia
Gorge National Park covers an area of 46,000 hectares,
and includes the impressive Palm Valley.
Palm Valley is home to a diverse range of plant species
many of which are rare and unique to the area, including
the Red Cabbage Palm for which the Park is well known.
This species of Palm is restricted to this area, having
a population of around 3,000 adult plants.
The Park and nearby areas hold cultural significance
to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people as well as
displaying evidence of early European settlement of
Some of the source courtesy of: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/finkegorge
The Park is accessible all year round except when the
Finke River is in flood. The cooler months (from April
to September) are the best time of the year to visit.
Camping, bushwalking, and four-wheel driving opportunities
exist for visitors to the Park. A Finke River 4WD Route
information sheet is available from the Parks and Wildlife
Services office in Alice Springs or from the Tourism
Central Australia visitor centre.
There is a problem with young palms being destroyed
by visitors not knowing what they are walking on. The
continual regeneration of the palms is necessary for
the survival of this population. Be aware where you
are walking and keep to marked tracks where possible.
Camping is only permitted in designated camping areas.
Collect firewood before entering the Park.
Pets are not permitted into this National Park.
Rubbish bins are not provided. Please take your rubbish
away with you.
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Day 4wd Red Centre Explorer - AR4
Spend 4 days exploring the highlights of the Red Centre
- Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon in a comfortable
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along the less travelled Mereenie Loop road in the majestic
Western MacDonnell ranges
Start Alice Springs or Ayers Rock Resort | Finish
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Code: AR4 | Style: Explorer | Seats: 16 | Fitness:
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Highlights: Uluru - Ayers Rock | Kata Juta - Olgas |
Kings Canyon | Mereenie Loop Track | Palm Valley and
Cycad Gorge | Western MacDonnell Ranges