The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges known as the MacDonnells Ranges have major tourist icon places of interest within approximatley 100 kilometres  of Alice Springs on sealed roads then narrowing down to recognised 4WD offroad dirt unsealed tracks from then on. Western MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Standley Chasm, Simpsons Gap, Orche Pits, Glen Hellen Gorge, Orminston Gorge,Ellery Creek Big Hole, Mt Sonder, Mereenie Loop and on the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges tourist places to visit are Trephina Gap, Corroboree, N'Dhalla Aboriginal Rock Art, Ross River Resort in Northern Territory Australia
The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
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Where is Palm Valley from Alice Springs | Palm Valley in the West MacDonnell Ranges |Palm Valley Australia

Palm ValleyThe 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 Australia’s 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.

Palm Valley 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 visitor centre.


Palm ValleyFinke 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 central Australia.

Some of the source courtesy of: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/finkegorge

 

Palm Valley 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.



Palm ValleyNote Please:
•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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East MacDonnell National Park and West MacDonnell National Park
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West MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
• Larapinta Trail • Glen Helen Gorge • Glen Helen Lodge accommodation • Ellery Creek Big Hole • Ochre Pits • Ormiston Gorge • Redbank Gorge Waterhole • Roma Gorge • Serpentine Chalet • Serpentine Gorge • Simpsons Gap • Standley Chasm • Honeymoon Gap • Palm Valley

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East MacDonnell National Park and surrounding areas
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