Finke Gorge National Park, Alice Springs

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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.
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  • A fine camp site in Glen Helen and some fine places to see. Hole West MacDonnell Range is worth a visit. And the camp site had wi-fi. 
  • We took a caravan in and stayed a few nights what a wonderful place. I think you could get a motor home in if you know what you are doing. You will need a 4x4 to get to the valley proper. The road in ...  more »
  • Decided to make a day trip to Palm Valley in our 4wd. A lovely drive from Alice Springs (approx 1.5 hrs depending on speed) and the turn off is just after Hermannsburg. Once you see the turn off, you ...  more »
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