Finke Gorge National Park covers an area of 460 sq km, including the impressive Palm Valley, which is home to a diverse range of plant species, many of which are rare and unique to the area. Spend a sunny afternoon, take a walk down through history, through the ancient valley of the palms at Finke Gorge National Park!
Finke Gorge National Park is located in the Northern territory, closest to the city of Alice Springs and covering an area of 458 kilometers squared. It is home to Palm Valley, a scenic desert oasis located in the park. It runs through the valley of Krichauff Range, 123 km southwest of Alice Springs. This area is the only area in Central Australia where Red Cabbage Palms can survive, an impressive sight to see. These palms are remnants of prehistoric times, when the climate could support a tropical rainforest. Over 3,000 adult palms are in the area, all sensitive to visitor impact. Unique flora forms in the region with minimal average rainfall in Palm Valley, but aquatic life also flourish during the significant rainfall season. Besides Palm Valley, there is also the Finke River dissecting the park. This river is considered to be one of the oldest rivers in the world. Nearby areas hold cultural significance to the Western Aranda Aboriginal people, and walkers will be introduced to some of the Western Aranda Aboriginal culture mythology along walks. Evidence of European settlement in Central Australia can also be seen in the area. Multiple walks and camping are offered, along with the Finke River 4WD route. Has this historical area garnered interest in you?