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Finke Gorge National Park, Alice Springs
Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Finke Gorge is a national park in the Northern Territory of Australia, 1318 km south of Darwin. The Park covers an area of 458km2, and includes the impressive desert oasis Palm Valley, home to a diverse range of plant species, many of which are rare and unique to the area. There are good opportunities for bushwalking and bushcamping in the park.HeritageThe park is noted for its ancient palms and Aboriginal cultural sites. The Central Australian Cabbage Palm is found only in Palm Valley and prolifically here. The Finke River is claimed to be one of the oldest catchments in the world, with areas dating back 350 million years.The park and nearby areas hold cultural significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people and there is also evidence of early European settlement.AccessA popular four-wheel-drive route down the Finke River to Illamurta Springs and Watarrka National Park begins at Finke Gorge. Bush walking is another popular activity. Kalaranga lookout is an easy 20 minute climb, with spectacular views of the rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs. The Mpaara Walk introduces the mythology of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture. In Palm Valley, the Arankaia Walk and the longer Mpulungkinya Walk meander among lush, slender palms, returning across a scenic plateau.Plan your Finke Gorge National Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Alice Springs using our Alice Springs itinerary maker.
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We visited here with Alice Wanderer in their 4WD vehicle. It takes only 25 passengers maximum & on this day, there were 16 of us. The creek bed walk was great. The giant cycads & red cabbage palm tree... read more »
The road to Palm Valley campground is rough and rocky but the end result is so worth the trip. The campground is really good - hot water showers, communal campfires, shade, grass. The long walk around... read more »
This was our 5th trip to Central Australia but first in a four-wheeled drive. We visited Palm Valley with some experienced friends and the challenging bits added excitement and a lot of fun for the ki... read more »
Margaret Alicia Barwood
Such awesome scenery! Well worth the the time and tour cost- we had a fabulous guide
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