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Palm Valley 4WD Day Tour
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

You’ll need an early breakfast. We were picked up at Lasseter's Hotel around 7 am in an AAT Kings 4WD truck carrying nearly a full load of 27 passengers. Out to the Hermannsberg Heritage centre, the original Lutheran settlement, for morning tea was worth a look at the old home, church and school rooms. On the way we stopped to view some dingo tracks and to see some lovely wildflowers, identified by our knowledgeable guide. Interestingly, we spotted a black swan and a heron that are rarely seen here. We proceeded up the Finke River into the National Park and had a short, say 20 minute walk along the river viewing cycads at the bottom of quite a pretty gorge. At Palm Valley we took the Arananka Walk, signed as 2km and one hour. The intention was to keep it leisurely and get lots of info from our guide. However, shortly after the ascent, perhaps 200 steep steps, the heavens opened. Most of our group were over 60s and a few turned back. I was in a group of six that pushed quickly on. The rest struggled along and our guide made sure all got home safely. As it happened ten minutes later the sun emerged and we could dry off before our trip back to the lunch spot. So, be prepared. The alternative Mbungkinya is 5km and two hours. Our picnic lunch, supplied by Hermannsberg, was very good considering the circumstances – salad, roll, muesli bar, juice and a piece of fruit. One last little walk up the Kalarranga Lookout – great view. AAT might be TAA backwards but it might be “All About Tony”. Out tourism driver did a great job. He knows the area well and conveys enthusiasm for the region. It's a long day, nearly 12 hours, but a great experience.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank ThomasErn
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

Definitely 4 wheel drive territory, and a destination to visit along with Palm Valley. August was a fantastic time to experience as there were wildflowers everywhere, and the temperature was ideal. Those without a vehicle can visit as part of a day tour from Alice Springs - we traveled with the "Alice Wanderer" who were very good!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

Such beauty at this "flowering" time of the year. Wildflowers everywhere. This was part of a tour and everyone was in awe of this area.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

I went through the park on a guided tour to Palm Valley. One of the best things I did. Scenery was wonderful. Due to the nature of the 'road' there were very few people there. A must do if you have a good 4WD. If not, do a tour.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank brenny
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Reputedly the oldest river in the world - the Finke River Gorge is a unique place to visit but make sure you include a visit to Palm Valley and the Amphitheatre as well - the colours, vegetation, serenity of these places has to be experienced. The walks can be a little difficult but there are various levels to choose from so you can take an easier way through - well worth it.

Date of experience: June 2016
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