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Take a full-day detour from Alice Springs to visit Palm Valley — a fertile oasis in the midst of the Outback that’s accessible only by 4WD vehicle. See ancient rock formations and spring-fed pools, and enjoy a picnic lunch in Finke Gorge National Park. Learn about the area’s indigenous history with a visit to the Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg, where you can tour the town mission and a local painter’s home.

Highlights

  • Tour the Northern Territory's Palm Valley by 4WD from Alice Springs
  • See spectacular rock formations, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees
  • View the extensive Aboriginal art collection in Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal Community

What You Can Expect

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

Hermannsburg Lutheran Church

Palm Valley is a unique green oasis in the midst of the dry Red Centre, and the only place in Central Australia where the leafy red cabbage palms grow. Your full-day tour begins with pickup at your Alice Springs hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive west through the desert. Travel aboard a comfortable 4WD vehicle, necessary to access the rugged tracks leading to the valley. 

Take a guided walk along the ancient Finke River and learn about the flora and fauna that make up Palm Valley’s unique ecosystem. See the spring-fed pools that help create the surprisingly lush landscape, and keep your camera handy for views of the Amphitheatre rock formation. Break for a delicious picnic lunch surrounded by the scenery of Finke Gorge National Park. 

In the afternoon, visit historic Hermannsburg, home to an indigenous Arente community. Learn about the town’s interesting history, and visit the home of 20th-century Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira. You can admire some of his paintings on display at the town mission.

Enjoy the play of afternoon flight across the mystical desert landscape on the return drive to Alice Springs, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off. 

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List: June - Oct:
07:05 - A Good Rest B&B
07:25 - Alice in the Territory
07:35 - Alice Lodge Backpackers
07:05 - Alice Motor Inn
07:15 - Alice on Todd
07:20 - Annie's Place
07:40 - Aurora Alice Springs
07:35 - Chifley Alice Springs Resort
07:25 - Desert Palms Resort
07:05 - Desert Rose Inn
07:45 - Diplomat Motel
07:25 - DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs
07:05 - Elkira Motel
07:10 - G’Day Mate Caravan Park
07:45 - Haven Backpackers
07:10 - Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
07:10 - Heritage Caravan Park
07:20 - Ibis Styles Oasis
07:25 - Lasseters Casino Hotel
07:10 - MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park
07:05 - Mount Nancy Motel
07:10 - Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
07:30 - Quest Apartments
07:05 - Stuart Caravan Park
07:15 - Swagmans Rest Motel
07:40 - Todd Tavern
07:15 - Toddy’s Resort
07:15 - White Gum Apartments
07:05 - Wintersun Caravan Park

Hotel Pickup List: Nov - May:
06:35 - A Good Rest B&B
06:55 - Alice in the Territory
07:05 - Alice Lodge Backpackers
06:35 - Alice Motor Inn
06:45 - Alice on Todd
06:50 - Annie's Place
07:10 - Aurora Alice Springs
07:05 - Chifley Alice Springs Resort
06:55 - Desert Palms Resort
06:35 - Desert Rose Inn
07:15 - Diplomat Motel
06:55 - DoubleTree Hilton Alice Springs
06:35 - Elkira Motel
06:40 - G’Day Mate Caravan Park
07:15 - Haven Backpackers
06:40 - Heavitree Gap Outback Lodge
06:40 - Heritage Caravan Park
06:50 - Ibis Styles Oasis
06:55 - Lasseters Casino Hotel
06:40 - MacDonnell Ranges Caravan Park
06:35 - Mount Nancy Motel
06:40 - Pathdorf Bed & Breakfast
07:00 - Quest Apartments
06:35 - Stuart Caravan Park
06:45 - Swagmans Rest Motel
07:10 - Todd Tavern
06:45 - Toddy’s Resort
06:45 - White Gum Apartments
06:35 - Wintersun Caravan Park

Customer Reviews

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour. Some challenging walks and very rough tracks. Excellent lunch.

Peter D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

great day out with a fantastic guide! Highly recomended.

Elsie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a great day, good company and a good guide.

Pauline R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

This was a great trip , well organised and on a comfortable bus we enjoyed the commentary given by the driver. The billy tea in the river bed went down a treat as did the lunch served after our walk along palm valley. Would recommend the trip to any one who will listen.

Silke G

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Verry charming tour. Wonderful views.

Kel

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Good day and very interesting. Temperature was very hot so some activities were self restricted. The track in was very rough and some elderly people were uncomfortable.

E HOUSTON H

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Really good, driver/offsider very good and very efficient. Driver very experienced but track into Palm Valley terrible realise it is only a track but sitting in the back of the bus was very uncomfortable.

On the whole - great to have been there.

Vania P

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

The guide was excelent, the places are amazing. Very nice views.

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