2 Day Palm Valley and Boggy Hole Private Tour
Hidden in the rugged West MacDonnell National Park is the amazing Palm Valley. Outback Elite Tours small group 4WD adventure is like no other. We will take you into an oasis in the middle of the Outback, home to the red cabbage palm (unique to this region), ancient rock formations and springs fed pools. This is one of the most unique and fascinating places in Australia.
You will also have an opportunity to visit the local Aboriginal community at Hermannsburg, spend a night camping by the ancient Finke River and discovering the spectacular coloured rock formations of Rainbow Valley.
Highlights on Tour
We will follow the Palm Valley 4WD track along the famous Finke River (the oldest river system in the world) across water crossings and rocks through to the uniquely astonishing landscape deep in Palm Valley. We will pass the amazing pinnacles of the Amphitheatre and through the beautiful Cycad Gorge before arriving at more than 3,000 giant Red Cabbage Palms. Our guide will share with you the mystery behind these special trees, the only palm trees found in Central Australia.
Our one-hour guided walk is one of the best in Central Australia and winds through this ancient oasis, along the river bed with towering palms and stunning lookouts. You will discover Palm Valley’s unique environment including rare relict species and the spring-fed pools that support an array of unusual plants and animals.
After the walk, we will enjoy a generous picnic lunch before taking the 4WD track out of the Valley on our way to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, known as Ntaria to the local Aboriginal residents. Established in 1877, Hermannsburg was a Lutheran mission for more than 100 years and the historic Heritage Precinct is wonderfully preserved today.
Hermannsburg was also the birthplace of the renowned Aboriginal landscape painter Albert Namatjira, and the origin of the Hermannsburg School art movement. Walk through the mission and gain a fascinating insight into life for the pioneering missionaries and their early contact with Aboriginal people. You will also have an opportunity to purchase art or souvenirs in the art gallery and gift shop.
From Hermannsburg, we travel into the Finke Gorge National Park and to the secluded permanent waterhole, Boggy Hole. At Boggy Hole expect the unexpected – an inviting swimming hole, large shady trees, picturesque red cliffs and on the other side of the waterhole discover the ruins of the old police camp established in 1889.
As our guide prepares your delicious meal for the evening sit back and take in the outback atmosphere before spending the night under the stars.
After breakfast, we depart Boggy Hole for Henbury Meteorite Conservation Reserve where you will discover the fascinating natural, cultural and scientific value of the 12 craters that were formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface 4,700 years ago. Our guide will take you on a walk around the craters, the largest of which is 180 metres wide and 15 metres deep.
Our stop at the Camel Farm in Stuart’s Well will give you a chance to learn about these majestic ships of the desert and the role they played, along with the early explorers, in opening up Australia. The Camel Farm is set in natural bushland at the foot of the magnificent James Ranges and if time permits you have the opportunity to join a camel ride.
Our final stop along the Stuart Highway is at one of the most striking geological features in Australia. Our guide will take you on a late afternoon stroll to Mushroom Rock where you will be able to see a strikingly coloured bolder, featuring wind eroded windows and caves, followed by a walk along the clay pans fringing Rainbow Valley, home to an exceptional and special ecosystem including flora and birdlife that is unique to this region.
After two days in a unique part of Central Australia we will return you to your accommodation in Alice Springs.
- Experienced and friendly guide
- Modern air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Snacks, fruit and complimentary water throughout the day
- All meals included –breakfast, 2 x lunches and dinner
- Complimentary accommodation pick-up and drop-off
- All camping, swags and linen provided
- 1.5 litre water bottle
What to Bring:
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Sunscreen, hat and comfortable clothing
- Swimmers/bathers (summer only)
- Jacket in cooler months