Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve, Red Centre

4.9
#16 of 24 in Nature in Red Centre
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is located in Red Centre. Make Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve a centerpiece of your Alice Springs vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Alice Springs trip planner .
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  • A great spot to do a quick picturesque look into the Australia outback scenery. Amazing colour. Dirt road in off the Stuart Highway for about 7-8km and a bit bumpy in spots, however quite an easy driv...  more »
  • Were a bit pressed for time to get in and out before sunset - but glad we made the effort. The unsealed road is decent in parts, and sheer washboard in others. I had a 4WD Rav, and it had rained the d...  more »
  • Let me tell ya...the drive to Rainbow Valley was no joking business...at least for me. I totally took the big risk to come here. It's far far away and the road turning into the valley was all unsealed...  more »
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  • Driving up or down the Stuart Hwy… when you see the sign post to Rainbow Valley don’t hesitate and turn your car and go there. The turn off (direction Qld :-) is not far to the north of Stuarts Well Roadhouse. I know there is a 4WD sign but if it has not rained for some time and your car is not a Ferrari you should have no problems getting there. We drove a Hyundai Trajet and had no trouble at all. Rainbow Valley is an amazing place and not overrun with tourists. There are many sign posted walking tracks around the dry lake and to the astonishing but fragile mountains. There are even covered BBQ places and a toilet. We staid there, slept in the car, for 2 days and only met one other person but many cheeky lizards. Definitely a must go and take care of place.
  • A beautiful drive into the park followed by and lovely camp site over looking the lake. We loved camping and being almost the only people there.
  • Great scenery but heaps of flies
  • The road was a bit rough and sandy, and a 4WD or SUV would be suggested, but this is a great spot for an overnight stay. Fantastic views of the rock formations and well maintained camping and BBQ facilities.
  • Well worth the rough road

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Due to its remote location in arid Central Australia, Alice Springs often surprises visitors with its diverse selection of comfortable and affordable lodgings. The city's hostels serve as the most economical option, with many providing free pickup from the airport. For just a bit more, you can stay at one of the area's motels, providing rooms with views of the McDonnell Ranges, free Wi-Fi, secure off-road parking, and access to private barbecue facilities. Otherwise, check into one of Alice Springs' hotels for a country-club vibe and even more amenities.
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