Spring, Geyser sights in Australia
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Well known for its rare palms, Palm Valley is the kind of country in which you expect to bump into a T rex: high red cliffs, and majestic gums, palms and cycads. Leaving the Finke River at its junction with Palm Creek, head west past an old ranger station and 1km further on you'll arrive at the Kalarranga car park. You soon pass the excellent camping ground, in a serene setting opposite red-sandstone ridges, with hot showers and flush toilets.
Terrific walks include the Arankaia walk (2km loop, one hour), which traverses the valley, returning via the sandstone plateau; the Mpulungkinya track (5km loop, two hours), heading down the gorge before joining the Arankaia walk;…
West along Namatjira Dr is another series of gorges and gaps in the range. Ellery Creek Big Hole has a large permanent waterhole - a great (and popular) place for a swim on a hot day, but the usually shaded water is freezing. About 11km further, a rough gravel track leads to narrow Serpentine Gorge, which has a waterhole blocking the entrance (no swimming) and a lookout at the end of a short, steep track.