Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

10 hours Alice Springs, Australia

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Explore the Palm Valley area on a full-day tour from Alice Springs, and take an off-road excursion to see rock pools and rugged outback landscapes by 4WD. The tour includes a delicious lunch and a visit to the Hermannsburg Aboriginal community, combining relaxation and history in one of Central Australia’s most celebrated river oases.
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Stop At: Hermannsburg Historic Precinct, Hermannsburg Road, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory 0872 Australia

Visit Hermannsburg Aboriginal Community, the birthplace of artist Albert Namatjira. View amazing artworks at the gallery and explore the historic buildings

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Palm Valley, Finke Gorge National Park, Northern Territory 0872 Australia

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


  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
  • Entry/Admission - Palm Valley


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.

  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • 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
  • Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays/wipes are available for guest distribution. Group sizes will be continuously reviewed to align with government recommended protocols.


22 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Heidi June 2021

I appreciated being taken to Palm Valley - such a remote and beautiful place. Brett was a fantastic driver on a challenging road. Both he and Jim were supportive of the group’s needs and abilities. Hermannsburg, too, was interesting and the scones for morning tea were a treat. It was a memorable day

Patrick June 2021

Excellent trip. Small group. Very competent driver guide. Is truly 4WD only! Well paced combination of visiting historical and natural sites.

Carol D May 2021

Pete was exceptional. A day well enjoyed for the scenery and Pete’s organisation of us. Well done! Brita and Trevor

stella.shen July 2019

We had a wonderful trip. Weather is good. Scenery is breathtaking. The tour guide is knowledgeable. Recommended this tour.

Alan Edward P September 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.

Mandy August 2017

The guide was fantastic and it was a really great day. The luck provided was great too. Highly recommend

Debra T June 2016

Couldn't have believed that this place existed if we didn't do the tour. Fantastic

Margaret B April 2016

Excellent tour. Some challenging walks and very rough tracks. Excellent lunch.

Peter D December 2015

great day out with a fantastic guide! Highly recomended.

Elsie R September 2015

Had a great day, good company and a good guide.

Pauline R June 2013

This was a great trip , well organised and on a comfortable bus we enjoyed the commentary given by the driver. The billy tea in the river bed went down a treat as did the lunch served after our walk along palm valley. Would recommend the trip to any one who will listen.

Maree P May 2021

Tour guide was very informative. Scenery was beautiful at Palm Valley but getting rescued when the bus got bogged on the very rough road on the way out put a dampener on the day. Proper equipment should have been on board

Lou 64 August 2017

A pleasant day trip. The visit to Hermansberg was great and just as I had remembered it.

Heather B July 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.

Elizabeth M June 2016

Very interesting experience set at a good pace, very knowledgeable tour guide.

Silke G April 2016

Verry charming tour. Wonderful views.

Kel October 2015

Good day and very interesting. Temperature was very hot so some activities were self restricted. The track in was very rough and some elderly people were uncomfortable.

E HOUSTON H August 2015

Really good, driver/offsider very good and very efficient. Driver very experienced but track into Palm Valley terrible realise it is only a track but sitting in the back of the bus was very uncomfortable.

On the whole - great to have been there.

Vania P June 2015

The guide was excelent, the places are amazing. Very nice views.

Robin D August 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.

Philip H June 2021

Our problems started when it took ages to get into contact with either Viator or AAT Kings to confirm our trip date which had been changed by Viator with an endless stream of conflicting emails. Actual tour was the 18 May 2021. Tour itself was a disaster. Due to wrong type of vehicle (a poorly converted to 4WD school bus) and poor driving we get bogged in sand for over an hour. Driver didn't seem to know what he was doing. Had not much idea how to get us out and made little effort to coordinate our recovery. Vehicle had no recovery gear, not even a shovel. Towing strap would not fit the tow point which was obstructed by the conversion to 4 WD. Driver and the Company should not have allowed such an ill equipped vehicle and driver out in a remote area with little regard for safety.

Nikita J June 2016

Was ok

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

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