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$124.50 Outdoor Activities

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

Traveling by 4WD, depart Alice Springs with your guide and follow the Finke River’s ancient bed to Palm Valley, an oasis of white sand, palm trees and spectacular rock formations. Take a guided walk to discover the valley’s rich plant life, including red cabbage palms which grow only in the Palm Valley, along with different species of cycads and palms.You’ll see the spectacular natural rock formation known as the Amphitheatre, and be shown the semi-permanent spring-fed pools that have created this fertile valley in the heart of the Central Australian desert.Your tour continues to the historic Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg, a place of refuge for almost a century for the Arrernte people, who fled here to escape conflict between pastoralists, the police and other Aboriginal tribes. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before visiting the town's mission, known for the mid-20th-century Aboriginal paintings of Albert Namatjira, who lived at the strongly Lutheran-influenced Hermannsburg Historic Precinct. You can explore the painter’s home and see his signature pastel-hued landscape paintings in the mission’s art gallery.Relax on the trip back to Alice Springs and watch the desert landscape and mountains change color in the afternoon light.

$121.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Alice Springs to Palm Valley Full-Day 4WD Tour with Lunch

Start your day with early morning pickup from your Alice Springs hotel, then travel about two hours by air-conditioned 4WD coach through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Throughout the day expect informative commentary about the geology, as well as the plant and animal life in the area, from your guide. Stop to stretch your legs in the heritage-listed Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, then continue into Finke Gorge National Park. After morning tea in Palm Valley, which is located in the park, hop back in your 4WD vehicle. Follow the Finke River along a sandy track that is surrounded by spectacular rock formations.Palm Valley is named for the some 3,000 red cabbage palms found only here. See the trees in addition to other species of cycads and palms on a guided walk. From there, the 4WD vehicle takes you to Kalarranga Lookout. Hop out here for another guided stroll of less than a mile (1.5 km). Panoramic views of sculptural sandstone hills, rugged cliffs and natural stone towers create some great backdrops for photos. Return to the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct where you can enjoy a ploughman’s lunch (think cheeses and bread). German Lutherans established Hermannsburg in 1877, making it the first Aboriginal mission in the Northern Territory. After lunch, stroll through historic Lutheran mission buildings and learn about the importance of this area to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people. One of the most interesting local history lessons takes place at the home of the late Albert Namatjira, an acclaimed watercolor artist who lived in the mission. You'll also get to see his art in the local art gallery. In the late afternoon, board your coach for the drive back to Alice Springs. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Alice Springs hotel in the early evening.

$114.18 Outdoor Activities

Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour

The Awesome Bits:  Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg Palm Valley - Cycad Gorge Palm Valley - Rim Walk or River Walk Kalaranga Lookout What’s Included:  Morning tea Picnic Lunch Afternoon snacks Accommodation Pick-up & Drop-off Experienced Friendly Guide Air Conditioned 4WD Vehicle Tour Itinerary: We will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approx. 7.00am The spectacular outback scenery as we travel along the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges on our way to Palm Valley. Enjoy morning tea at the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg and explore the historic buildings and Art Gallery featuring works of the famous Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. The next stop will be Cycad Gorge and then it's a short 4WD drive into Palm Valley where you will be able to wander amongst the relic palms and cycads. You will have the opportunity to complete the Rim Walk or the River Walk as you experience this oasis in the desert. On the return journey, you will stop for a picnic lunch before a short walk up to Kalaranga Lookout. By mid-afternoon, it's time to return to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct for a short stop and last minute photos of the area. The panoramic landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges are extraordinary for their immensity and the spectacular array of sunburnt oranges, maroons, and purples on display. These mighty ranges light up in brilliant oranges and reds at sunset on the return trip to Alice Springs.