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Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Take a full-day detour from Alice Springs to visit Palm Valley — a fertile oasis in the midst of the Outback that’s accessible only by 4WD vehicle. See ancient rock formations and spring-fed pools, and enjoy a picnic lunch in Finke Gorge National Park. Learn about the area’s indigenous history with a visit to the Aboriginal community of Hermannsburg, where you can tour the town mission and a local painter’s home.
  • Tour the Northern Territory's Palm Valley by 4WD from Alice Springs
  • See spectacular rock formations, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees
  • View the extensive Aboriginal art collection in Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal Community
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Hermannsburg
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Hotel pick up and drop off in Alice Springs
Morning tea with scones, tea and coffee
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the heart of Palm Valley
Transport in comfortable, air-conditioned 4WD coach
Experienced local driver guide
Live commentary on board

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the drop down list during the booking process. Your hotel pick-up time will be displayed on your voucher. If you wish to change your pick-up location from the one selected, you must call the operator at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the drop down list, the operator does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone the operator to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Palm Valley is a unique green oasis in the midst of the dry Red Centre, and the only place in Central Australia where the leafy red cabbage palms grow. Your full-day tour begins with pickup at your Alice Springs hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive west through the desert. Travel aboard a comfortable 4WD vehicle, necessary to access the rugged tracks leading to the valley. 

Take a guided walk along the ancient Finke River and learn about the flora and fauna that make up Palm Valley’s unique ecosystem. See the spring-fed pools that help create the surprisingly lush landscape, and keep your camera handy for views of the Amphitheatre rock formation.

In the afternoon, visit historic Hermannsburg, home to an indigenous Arente community where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Learn about the town’s interesting history, and visit the home of 20th-century Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira. You can admire some of his paintings on display at the town mission.

Enjoy the play of afternoon flight across the mystical desert landscape on the return drive to Alice Springs, where your full-day tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
Visit Hermannsburg Aboriginal Community, the birthplace of artist Albert Namatjira. View amazing artworks at the gallery and explore the historic buildings
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palm Valley
Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into Palm Valley. See spectacular rock forms, white sands and an oasis of rock pools and palm trees. Some plants such as the cycad and 'Livistonia Mariae' (cabbage palm) are known world-wide as relic plants and are unique to Central Australia. Visit the spectacular rock formation known as the Ampitheatre. Enjoy a picnic lunch this afternoon. On the return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colours of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges in the afternoon light
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AAT Kings

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs.

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Great trip
Virginia_B
, Apr 2021
The recent rain meant the country was spectacularly green, and there was quite a lot of water in the river. Very rare and special to see the country like this. The driver was excellent and the vehicle was very new and well set up.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hello Virginia_B, Thank you for your feedback and for choosing an AAT Kings trip. We agree that rain is such a special event in the Red Centre and it is amazing to see it afterwards. We hope to welcome you on board one of our tours again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
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Beautiful scenery Friendly tour guide
Scenic50182762931
, Jun 2019
We had a wonderful trip. Weather is good. Scenery is breathtaking. The tour guide is knowledgeable. Recommended this tour.
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A great day out. Firstly, to...
Alan Edward P
, Sep 2017
A great day out. Firstly, to Hermannsburg where we had morning tea provided by the Lutheran community and I am told our lunch later in the day was made by them - beautiful and gracious people. Can buy aboriginal art here which helps the community. The trip to Palm Valley was quite an experience travelling over dry creek beds and dusty tracks. Be prepared to endure a rough ride often getting tossed from side to side. Palm Valley itself is absolutely beautiful and well worth any discomfort. On the way out we visited Flynn's grave which was a bonus for me as I didn't expect it and saw where Albert Namitjura did his famous painting.
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The guide was fantastic and it was a...
Mandy
, Aug 2017
The guide was fantastic and it was a really great day. The luck provided was great too. Highly recommend
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A pleasant day trip. The visit to...
Lou 64
, Aug 2017
A pleasant day trip. The visit to Hermansberg was great and just as I had remembered it.
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Scenery was beautiful. Bus ride was...
Robin D
, Aug 2016
Scenery was beautiful. Bus ride was quite uncomfortable and the track into the valley was very rough. Staff were not as friendly as we had previously encountered. Lunch was good.
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John was an excellent guide and...
Heather B
, Jul 2016
John was an excellent guide and driver who safely negotiated the river beds and rocky tracks. Walk in Palm Valley was on the flat and easy or for more adventurous a hill and rim walk. Don't pass up the strudel in Hermannsberg, it is very good.
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Very interesting experience set at a...
Elizabeth M
, Jun 2016
Very interesting experience set at a good pace, very knowledgeable tour guide.
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Couldn't have believed that this place...
Debra T
, Jun 2016
Couldn't have believed that this place existed if we didn't do the tour. Fantastic
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Excellent tour. Some challenging walks...
Margaret B
, Apr 2016
Excellent tour. Some challenging walks and very rough tracks. Excellent lunch.
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