The Location

Spectacular Finke Gorge National Park covers an area of 46,000 hectares and includes the impressive Palm Valley. Palm Valley is home to a diverse range of plant species, many that are rare and unique to the area, including the red cabbage palm (Livistona mariae), which gives the area its name. There are around 3,000 adult palms and thousands of juveniles, which are extremely sensitive to visitor impact. Visit the park to see the mesmerising landscapes that inspired the renowned watercolourist Albert Namatjira who was born and grew up in the nearby community of Hermannsburg. The park is dissected by the Finke River, believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world.

The park is 138km west of Alice Springs. Turn south off Larapinta Drive just west of Hermannsburg. Access along the last 16km of track follows the sandy bed of the Finke River and is limited to high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Heavy rains may cause this section of the road to be impassable. 


  • information signs
  • ranger station - emergency contact only
  • 4WD roads
  • communal fire pits
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • picnic tables
  • gas barbecues
  • designated campsites
  • showers
  • walking trails
  • wildlife
  • scenic lookouts.

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • camping is only permitted in the designated camping areas at Palm Valley and along the Finke River at Boggy Hole
  • collect firewood before entering the park
  • at Palm Valley, fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • pets are not permitted in the National Park
  • rubbish bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • if travelling the Finke River 4WD route, stay on the marked track
  • you need a permit to use a drone - you must get it before you arrive.