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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.


  • 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
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Hermannsburg

What You Can Expect

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

Alice Springs

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.
In the afternoon, visit historic Hermannsburg, home to an indigenous Arente community where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. 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.


Customer Reviews

Debra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Couldn't have believed that this place existed if we didn't do the tour. Fantastic

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.

Heather B

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

John was an excellent guide and driver who safely negotiated the river beds and rocky tracks. Walk in Palm Valley was on the flat and easy or for more adventurous a hill and rim walk. Don't pass up the strudel in Hermannsberg, it is very good.

Elizabeth M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Very interesting experience set at a good pace, very knowledgeable tour guide.

Silke G

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Verry charming tour. Wonderful views.


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.


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.

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