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$122.25 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.

$119.36 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.

$119.36 Outdoor Activities

Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour

The Awesome Bits: Historic Precinct of HermannsburgPalm Valley - Cycad GorgePalm Valley - Rim Walk or River WalkKalaranga LookoutWhat’s Included: Morning teaPicnic LunchAccommodation Pick-up & Drop-offExperienced Friendly GuideAir Conditioned 4WD VehicleTour Itinerary:We will collect you from outside your Alice Springs accommodation at approx. 7.00amThe 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.

$267.64 Outdoor Activities

Palm Valley and Hermannsburg 1 Day 4WD Tour

Highlights on Tour Palm ValleyWe will follow the scenic Palm Valley 4WD track along the famous Finke River to the uniquely astonishing landscape deep in Palm Valley. We will pass the amazing pinnacles of the Amphitheatre and through the beautiful Cycad Gorge before arriving at more than 3,000 giant Red Cabbage Palms. Our guide will share with you the mystery behind these special trees, the only palm trees found in Central Australia. On the way enjoy a sumptuous European-style morning tea with a selection of home-made buns, fresh fruit, yoghurt, teas and Italian-style brewed coffee.You will follow the Mpulungkinya Walk (5km, 2 hrs return) through this ancient oasis, along a river bed with towering palms and stunning lookouts from the valley escarpment. You will discover Palm Valley’s unique environment including rare relict plant species and the spring-fed pools that support an array of unusual plants and animals. Our guide will also enlighten you on the cultural significance of the region to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people.On the 4WD track out of Palm Valley on our way to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, we will walk up to Kalarranga Lookout an easy 20 minute climb with spectacular views of a rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs. HermannsburgKnown as Ntaria to the local Aboriginal residents. Established in 1877, Hermannsburg was a Lutheran mission for more than 100 years and the historic Heritage Precinct is wonderfully preserved today.Hermannsburg was also the birthplace of the renowned Aboriginal landscape painter Albert Namatjira, and the origin of the Hermannsburg School art movement. Walk through the mission and gain a fascinating insight into life for the pioneering missionaries and their early contact with Aboriginal people. You will also have an opportunity to purchase art or souvenirs in the art gallery and gift shop before returning to Alice Springs after an unforgettable day in the Outback.