Finke Gorge National Park: Explore Palm Valley & Boggy Hole

Discover the unique landscapes of Finke Gorge National Park, including the beautiful Palm Valley Campground. Our journey offers practical insights into navigating the rugged terrain, from the challenging Boggy Hole 4×4 track to leisurely walks. Learn essential tips for planning your adventure and making the most of this iconic destination. With its stunning vistas and rich history, Finke Gorge promises an enriching experience for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this remarkable area – this was an adventure we will never forget!

A shot from behind of a family sitting down together admiring the view of Palm Valley Campground
@roamin_in_the_robbo in IG admiring the view of Palm Valley Campground

Getting to Palm Valley Campground

The turn-off to Palm Valley is located on Larapinta Drive, approximately 1.5 km west of Hermannsburg. The 16km track follows along the Finke River (and at some points crosses the river), so access to the campground is limited to 4WD’s, and access to Palm Valley is by high clearance 4WD.

If there has been recent rain, you should check road conditions before setting off.

Fun fact: Did you know that the Finke River is reported to be one of the oldest rivers in the world!?


Our Adventure Begins!

Leaving Watarrka National Park, we took the Boggy Hole 4×4 track (also known as Finke River Track) that runs through the Finke Gorge National Park up to Larapinta Drive. Please note that the National Park advises against taking trailers on this track, which we were unaware of when we set off that day. Fortunately, we have a full off-road trailer that managed the trail, except for a blown tyre. 

It was challenging in many places and not clearly marked, making navigation hard. The track is approximately 115km, and it took us close to 7 hours to complete. If you are an experienced 4WD driver and like adventure, we recommend leaving your trailer at the campground and concluding part of the track, and the beautiful landscape will blow you away!

Please note – As this is a remote track, be sure to research its current conditions and advise someone of your intended route and plans.


Picture of Palm trees in Finke Gorge National Park
Image by @roamin_in_the_robbo on IG

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Palm Valley Campground
Palm Valley Campground by @roamin_in_the_robbo on IG

Palm Valley Campground

Surrounded by rugged red cliffs, the campground offers beautiful views no matter which way you look!

There are 22 allocated sites that need to be booked online. Make sure you book before heading to camp, as there is no reception. You can also pay for your NT park pass on the same website.

Facilities at camp include toilets, hot showers (such a treat when so remote), gas BBQs, picnic areas and communal fire pits. You must bring your firewood as it will not be collected within the National Park.



Things to Do at Palm Valley

There are various walks in the area.

Leaving from Palm Valley, there are two walks – Mpulungkinya – a grade 2/5km trail that takes you up and over the red cliffs and down through the valley, where you can get up close to the Red Cabbage Palms. These palms are only found in Palm Valley. 


Photo by @roamin_in_the_robbo on IG
Family sitting and admiring Palm Valley in Finke Gorge National Park Northern Territory
@roamin_in_the_robbo on IG at Palm Valley

More Scenic Trails

Arankaia Walk – also a grade 2 trail, but only 2 km. The track mainly follows the valley floor.

Leaving the campground, there is the Kalarranga Lookout Walk 1.5kms which offers excellent views of the campground, or you can do the Mpaara Walk, which is 5kms. On the Mpaara walk, you learn about the local dreamtime story of the Tawny Frogmouth Man and the Pangkalanga Devil Man.

No matter what walk you choose, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the area.


If you have yet to discover the beauty of the Finke Gorge National Park, be sure to add it to your list! We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed!

Are your bags packed? Get excited because you know it’s going to be a good one! We would love your feedback on this page – please comment below if you’ve been to Finke Gorge National Park or visited Palm Valley?

Norther would like to invite you to explore more about the beauty of Finke Gorge National Park here. And… as always you can get more inspiration for other National Parks & Destinations to visit by following @northerhq or get your Finke Gorge National Park daily fix @finkegorgenationalpark on IG and Finke Gorge National Park on FB

*Cover image is by @roamin_in_the_robbo on IG.

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Roamin in the Robbo

Hi and welcome to Roamin in the Robbo! We are Craig, Miranda, Cameron and Jacqueline! A West Aussie family having fun getting out in our off road camper trailer, a MDC Robson XTT, or "The Robbo" as we like to call it. Getting out and exploring this beautiful country we live in is what we live for so subscribe and come along with us for the journey! Catch you out there!

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