Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley
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The main features of the Rainbow Valley area are the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. These free standing cliffs form part of the James Range, and are particularly attractive in the early morning and late afternoon when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. Access is best in a 4WD vehicle due to sandy patches on the access road. Walks and camping available.
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Tracey L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Such a great experience, our guide Kimberley was fantastic and we had the best seats in the house to enjoy our dinner and watch the sun set.
Written 11 August 2021
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,909 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
A friend had strongly recommended calling in at Rainbow Valley, particularly at sunset. Our schedule didn't allow for a sunset visit so we settled on mid-afternoon. The landscape is spectacular, in a 'Monument Valley' sort of way. Did a couple of walks on the marked trails which were straightforward, aside from the flies. (Bring a fly net.) However, the site doesn't compare with some of the other dramatic landscapes we had visited in Central Australia, and to that extent we were a little disappointed. It sounds like sunset is the time to be here for maximum impact. Road in from the highway is 22km unsealed. 4WD is recommended but should be OK for conventional vehicles if you take it slowly.
Written 6 July 2021
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Robyn
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We went on a tour and found this to be more enjoyable than Uluru. Th colours of the sunset came through beautifully and the colours in the rocks were fantastic.
Written 23 October 2020
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Eva W
Adelaide, Australia38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
It’s not too rough going there. We saw tourists with a normal car which I wouldn’t risk- unless you’re sure the track stays dry- and even though... sun set is a spectacle to behold- the colours are unreal, we did a bit of walking and the silence there is deafening!
Written 7 January 2020
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Couples
Loved our overnight stay in the campground at Rainbow Valley.

There are two camp areas with about a dozen sites at each: some benches, shelters and fire pit locations, and a basic toilet block.

We opted for the lower campground with a great view across to the rock formations from which the name derives.

Got there early afternoon and were the first campers to arrive.

The road in is horrendous: worst we encountered on our trip to the Centre. Fortunately it is only 20-something km in: when we went pretty well corrugated throughout with a few sandy patches, none of which were a problem in our AWD SUV: did not need to put into 4WD but at times was driving at 15kph: in all took about an hour each way.

Would not recommend for 2WD vehicles although a family did turn up that night in a Ford Falcon.

There are a couple of short walks to undertake that are worthwhile.

The sunset was spectacular and having a fire going as the night sky lit up was wonderful. The sky was amazing.

A most enjoyable experience: well worth the effort to get here.
Written 9 October 2019
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thingsthatareunique
Tewantin, Australia559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
We drove our mid afternoon from Alice Springs. Enjoyed the walks and waited till after sunset to leave. Great colours and peaceful even though the campsite had several buses. The drive back to Alice Springs was uneventful!
Written 11 June 2019
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myrella r
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We decided to visit this on the last day in Alice. We had done all the majors.
One of the best rock formations to see. An easy walk and the scenery and colours of the rock are amazing. The rocks are fossilised but all differently.
Well worth a visit.
Written 6 May 2018
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Schony29
Wagga Wagga, Australia344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
There are tables and seats undercover plus gas barbecues. Camping is permitted for a modest fee. The self guided walk in interesting, but the cooler months are recommended. It is about 100km from Alice Springs, so it easily a day trip.
Written 9 February 2018
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is one of the treasures in the Northern Territory and well worth the visit. A little tricky getting in from the road on a dusty track, and although they recommend 4WD it really is not necessary. Just keep your speed down and take care. Once you are in, you will see the most amazing captivating colours and I certainly would recommend late afternoon and early morning for the best photos. Absolutely love this place and hope you take the time to visit. (Remember take plenty of water and food as there is nothing out here - except toilets and a few flies)
Written 30 January 2018
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Lynette Pope
Broome, Australia97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
Sometimes there just aren't enough adjectives to describe the beauty of a place. I don't have adequate descriptions to portray how beautiful Rainbow Valley is so all I'll say is everyone needs to visit this place and see it for themselves....
Written 19 November 2017
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