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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  • You will need a 4 wheel drive to go here but it is well worth it. Actually Finke Gorge and Palm Valley was a famous tourist destination long before Ayers Rock. Palms and Cycads here left over from the...  more »
  • The surroundings are almost surreal and the campsite was in a terrific location, Cooking facilities (free gas) excellent and fire pits provided. Just a short distance from Palm Valley which is another...  more »
  • words cannot describe the wonder of this gorge. the timelessness takes your breath away. the oldest river system known to man. the endurance of continual water holes amazing  more »
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  • What a find. Fabulous park. Amazing scenery and wildlife
  • Get ready for some serious 4wdriving and enjoy the fabulous scenery!
  • We did the 4WD Finke River Drive and it was amazing! Please take recovery tracks just in case stuck in sand
  • Very good
  • The sickest 4WD trip I have ever been on!
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