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Palm Valley 4WD Tour

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    What to Expect
    Start your day with early morning pickup from your Alice Springs hotel, then travel about two hours by air-conditioned 4WD coach through the West MacDonnell Ranges. Throughout the day expect informative commentary about the geology, as well as the plant and animal life in the area, from your guide.

    Stop to stretch your legs in the heritage-listed Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, then continue into Finke Gorge National Park. After morning tea in Palm Valley, which is located in the park, hop back in your 4WD vehicle. Follow the Finke River along a sandy track that is surrounded by spectacular rock formations.

    Palm Valley is named for the some 3,000 red cabbage palms found only here. See the trees in addition to other species of cycads and palms on a guided walk. From there, the 4WD vehicle takes you to Kalarranga Lookout. Hop out here for another guided stroll of less than a mile (1.5 km). Panoramic views of sculptural sandstone hills, rugged cliffs and natural stone towers create some great backdrops for photos.

    Return to the Hermannsburg Historic Precinct where you can enjoy a ploughman’s lunch (think cheeses and bread). German Lutherans established Hermannsburg in 1877, making it the first Aboriginal mission in the Northern Territory. After lunch, stroll through historic Lutheran mission buildings and learn about the importance of this area to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people.

    One of the most interesting local history lessons takes place at the home of the late Albert Namatjira, an acclaimed watercolor artist who lived in the mission. You'll also get to see his art in the local art gallery.

    In the late afternoon, board your coach for the drive back to Alice Springs. Your tour ends with drop-off at your Alice Springs hotel in the early evening.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located Alice Springs hotels
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm
    Inclusions
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Guided walks
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
    • Entry/Admission - Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
    Exclusions
    • Food and drink, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Hat, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes and bottled water are required when participating in the guided walks; all walks are subject to weather conditions
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Great one day trip to Palm Valley & Hermannsburg. Bluey the driver & guide was a wealth of information on the region & culture. The trip was worth it just for that! Bluey drove over very rugged terrain with skill & ease making for a...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Seaside322419
    Reviewed 13 August 2019 via mobile

    Extremely well organised. The driver offered an extensive commentary throughout the day. The coach seating would be my only criticism with some seats broken and uncomfortable.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Maryanne G
    Reviewed 23 May 2019

    We travelled in a small AAT Kings 4 wheel drive bus to Hermannsburg where we were provided with scones and cream and a cup of tea/coffee. At Hermannsburg there are some paintings by local artists including Namatjira's children. After we had had an opportunity to...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank PhilipM817
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