• Location: Alice Springs, Australia
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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
  • 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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Alan Edward P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

A great day out. Firstly, to Hermannsburg where we had morning tea provided by the Lutheran community and I am told our lunch later in the day was made by them - beautiful and gracious people. Can buy aboriginal art here which helps the community.
The trip to Palm Valley was quite an experience travelling over dry creek beds and dusty tracks. Be prepared to endure a rough ride often getting tossed from side to side. Palm Valley itself is absolutely beautiful and well worth any discomfort. On the way out we visited Flynn's grave which was a bonus for me as I didn't expect it and saw where Albert Namitjura did his famous painting.

Mandy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The guide was fantastic and it was a really great day. The luck provided was great too. Highly recommend

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.

Lou 64 Australia

4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

A pleasant day trip. The visit to Hermansberg was great and just as I had remembered it.

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.

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