Follow Larapinta Drive into the Aboriginal homelands of the Arrernte people and into real outback adventure country - the Finke Gorge National Park. Travel by 4WD coach on the dry bed of the Finke River to Palm Valley, a strange semi-tropical oasis in the red centre. Bushwalk in Palm Valley where groves of Livistona palms grow in this remote arid region
|Start||Alice Springs @ 07.30 am|
|Finish||Alice Springs @ 05.30 pm|
Traveling through the West MacDonnell Ranges we make our way to the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg for a quick leg stretch then journey along the ancient Finke River bed to Palm Valley for morning tea.
Its then a short 4WD adventure before wandering amongst the relict Palms and Cycads of Cycad Gorge. Continuing from here drive into Palm Valley and explore the ancient palms of this unique area.
We then return to Kalaranga Lookout to discover the beauty of the Amphitheatre
By mid afternnon its time to return to Hermannsburg Historic Precinct for a Ploughman's Lunch before relaxing with time to explore the historic buildings and Art Gallery featuring works of the famous Aboriginal Artist Albert Namatjira.
In the late afternoon we return to Alice Springs watching the fading light reflecting of the MacDonnell Ranges.
Head west on Larapinta Drive alongside the ochre coloured West MacDonnells
Cross vast open outback plains on Namatjira Drive
Visit Hermannsburg - an 1870's Lutheran mission
Wander through historic buildings, the museum and art gallery and learn the reality of Aboriginal history in this region
Morning tea is provided in Hermannsburg
Head off road and onto the dry bed of the Finke River
Follow the riverbed to Finke Gorge National Park
Venture further into the Gorge to Palm Valley - an oasis in this arid region
Walk on the dry river bed alongside remarkable Livistona Palms and Cycads
Walk along the valley rim with stunning views over Palm Valley
Kalarranga Lookout - amazing views over the Amphitheatre and Finke Valley
Enjoy a delicious ploughman's lunch in these spectacular surrounds
Witness the changing colours of the West MacDonnells in the afternoon light.