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Rainbow Valley

Northern Territory, Australia
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Ranked #28 of 55 Attractions in Red Centre
Type: Valleys
Activities: Walking
Description: Located approximately 48 miles south of Alice Springs, this region offers visitors views of brilliantly-colored rock formations.
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Hadera, Israel
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This small conservation area is set about 30km of dirt road off the main highway. Although 4wd recommended it was not a very hard drive with a 2wd. The view was great. The rock colors are amazing. We were there a couple of weeks after rain so the whole area was in bloom with small desert flowers

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Sydney
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

In terms of the outback, Rainbow Valley is only a hop skip and a jump away from Alice. It's about 40 mins along the road from Alice to the turn off. Then it's 20 kms along a dirt track but it is well worth the effort. We drove there in a SUV and it handled it comfortably. At times the... More

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Alice Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Went down to Rainbow Valley from Alice Springs ( 90km south) mid afternoon where we had a picnic dinner watching the sunset on the rock formations. Magic place with day walks and basic camping facilities.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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679 reviews 679 reviews
355 attraction reviews
1,189 helpful votes 1,189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Rainbow valley has been upgraded over the years and is located about 100km from Alice Springs. From toilets, BBQ areas, road improvements and now almost accessible by 2wd (but still not recommended) it has always been a great place to camp. Ensure you bring all your requirements like; water, food and wood from outside the park for your fire/BBQ. To... More

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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112 reviews 112 reviews
73 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

These cliffs form belongs to a part of the James Range, and an super advice; If you can be here early morning or later afternoon, then they are particularly attractive when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. The sandstone cliffs were caused by water long time ago , by the red iron of the sandstone layers was dissolved and drawn... More

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Papunya
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171 reviews 171 reviews
114 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

a short drive down the stuart highway towards adelaide from alice springs and then a turn off and head about 40kms off the bitumen into rainbow valley. well worth the drive. camping grounds available. the rock is so nice even on a cloudy day it would be beautiful. late in the afternoon is good sun setting and the rock gets... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I spent a few hours with Ricky Orr of Rainbow Valley Cultural Tours and was mesmerized by his deep cultural connection and understanding of his homeland in Rainbow Valley. There were real rock art sites and he painted a picture of life in the area which stays with me long after leaving. The sunset was stunning. I also learnt about... More

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Gladstone, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

We camped at rainbow valley overnight. The camp site is basic but it s a peaceful spot and the rock formation is stunning at sunset so take your SLR. You don't need to stay there much more than 1-2 nights as there is not much to do.

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