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Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

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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

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

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7:30 AM
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.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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star-5
A spiritually-uplifting escape
Susan_B
, Jun 2021
I had the most wonderful day! Our tour guide/bus driver, Brett, created a welcoming atmosphere, was well informed and quite funny. I found it spiritually uplifting from the various perspectives of the Hermannsburg/Ntaria Lutheran mission, to driving along the oldest riverbed in the world (Finke River), visiting breathtaking Cycad Gorge/Palm Valley and viewing the wonderful Aboriginal artwork that captures the true essence of this place. I would go again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Susan_B, Thanks very much for your wonderful review, and we are so glad to read you had an amazing experience exploring Palm Valley. We will be sure to pass your comments along to Brett. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Red Centre. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
A beautiful part of the world
Heidi_M
, Jun 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
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Heidi_M, Thanks for your wonderful review, and for your lovely comments about our Guides. We will be sure to pass along your feedback. The area itself is incredible, and the scones sound amazing! We hope to welcome you back on board an AAT Kings tour again in the future and thanks for choosing to travel with us. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Go back in time
Patrick_F
, Jun 2021
Excellent trip. Small group. Very competent driver guide. Is truly 4WD only! Well paced combination of visiting historical and natural sites.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Patrick_F, Thanks very much for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed exploring Palm Valley with us. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Red Centre, Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-2
Shame on AAT Kings for poor attention to safety
Philip_H
, Jun 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Philip, This is certainly not what we expect our guests to experience and we need to investigate this for you. For privacy reasons, we'll need some more details - your name, date of travel and email address which don't belong on this forum. Could you please send them through to us at guestrelations@ttc.com and we'll look into this for you, Thanks so much AAT Kings Guest Relations
star-4
Palm Valley 4WD Tour
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
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Maree_P, Thanks for leaving a review, and we are glad that you enjoyed the scenery in the Red Centre. Our guests safety is paramount, and we would like to investigate this with you further. If you haven't already done so, can you please contact us with your details and the dates you travelled so that we can investigate this issue further - please email; guestrelations@ttc.com. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
A Great 4WD Trip
Peter_S
, May 2021
About an hour into the trip on bitumen we stopped at Hermannsburg for morning tea, which is an interesting historical site and art gallery. This was followed by a bumpy 4WD ride into Palm Valley and walk alongside the ancient red palms growing in the gorge. A good lunch and a few more walks taking in the panoramic majestic red cliffs before heading back to Alice springs.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Peter_S, We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the 4WD trip to Palm Valley, and thanks for reviewing our Tour. We hope to welcome you back on board an AAT Kings tour again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
Palm Valley 4WD
BritaTrevor
, May 2021
Pete was exceptional. A day well enjoyed for the scenery and Pete’s organisation of us. Well done! Brita & Trevor
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hello Brita & Trevor, Thanks for your review and we are glad you enjoyed touring Palm Valley with us, and we will be sure to pass the excellent feedback on to Pete. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Red Centre. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
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
star-5
Beautiful scenery Friendly tour guide
Yu_S
, Jun 2019
We had a wonderful trip. Weather is good. Scenery is breathtaking. The tour guide is knowledgeable. Recommended this tour.
star-5
A great day out. Firstly, to...
Alan_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.
star-5
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
star-4
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.
star-3
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.
star-4
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.
star-4
Very interesting experience set at a...
Elizabeth M
, Jun 2016
Very interesting experience set at a good pace, very knowledgeable tour guide.
star-5
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
star-5
Excellent tour. Some challenging walks...
Margaret B
, Apr 2016
Excellent tour. Some challenging walks and very rough tracks. Excellent lunch.
star-5
great day out with a fantastic guide...
Peter D
, Dec 2015
great day out with a fantastic guide! Highly recomended.
star-4
Good day and very interesting...
Kel
, Oct 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.
star-4
Really good, driver/offsider very...
E HOUSTON H
, Aug 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.

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