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Finke Gorge National Park

Discover the ancient landscapes of Finke Gorge National Park, an important wilderness reserve that protects one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Remote Finke Gorge National Park is home to ancient landscapes and Aboriginal cultural sites. Accessible only by four-wheel drive, it’s a handy 140km day trip from Alice Springs, or a great place to break your four-wheel drive trip to Uluru.

The Finke Gorge National Park is an important wilderness reserve that protects The Finke River, which dates back 350 million years and is believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the world.

Ancient valley of the palms

The park is best known for Palm Valley, which shelters groves of rare red cabbage palms – botanic remnants from millions of years ago, when Central Australia was lush with tropical forests. Here you’ll see a diverse range of plant species, including tall palms and cycads, many of which are unique to the area. The main gorge features high red cliffs, stately river red gums, cool waterholes and a number of walks.

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