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Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs provided by AAT Kings

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs

Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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.
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Important information
Inclusions
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
Duration
10h
Departure details
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.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
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
Inclusions
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 details
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.
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 6, 2020
A note from Palm Valley 4WD Tour from Alice Springs
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.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Hermannsburg Historic Precinct
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Visit Hermannsburg Aboriginal Community, the birthplace of artist Albert Namatjira. View amazing artworks at the gallery and explore the historic buildings
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Wonderful tour to Palm Valley and Hermansberg
May 2021 • Friends
The whole day was excellent from start to finish. Our guide/driver Brett was very kind and gave us a lot of interesting information. He helped each member of the group. The 4wd bus was very comfortable and felt safe as Brett drove us through very uneven creek beds. He took us on wonderful walks and pointed out interesting features.He coped calmly and confidently when we were bogged in sand and we were on our way again quickly. I loved the walks to the top of Kalarranga lookout, then along the base of Palm Valley and up the steps to the top with wonderful views. Brett made allowances for those who didn’t wish to make the climbs. The morning tea with Fresh scones jam and cream at Hermansberg was delicious although I would have liked longer to explore the old site. The packed lunch at Palm Valley was delicious and healthy. Altogether a long but very memorable day, highly recommended.
Written May 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
AATKings_Sales_Team
Dear melbournefoodie2019, Thanks very much for your wonderful review and it sounds like you had an adventurous day. We will be sure to pass your feedback on to Brett and we are delighted to read your comments - we are very proud of our guides and they do love sharing their knowledge with our guests. Thanks very much for your suggestion too, and we will pass your useful feedback along to the relevant team. We hope to see you soon in Central Australia. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
Written May 27, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kate
Liverpool, UK26 contributions
Lovely place to visit
Sep 2019 • Solo
AAT Kings always provide a good tour experience but you have to remember that this is a tour. While on the tour you do two walks, a 1 hour walk in Palm Valley and a short walk to a lookout. With mixed abilities, these walks can take a lot longer than required and, when there is an option of a 2 hour walk through Palm Valley and an hour walk via the lookout that you aren't allowed to do, it can be quite frustrating.

Frustration aside, the tour is well planned. You spend an hour at the historical town of Hermannsburg for morning tea and scones on the way to Palm Valley which breaks the trip is nicely. The lunch is filling with a tub of pasta and a salad, as well as snacks and a juice box. Our tour guide was lovely and let people sit in the front seat while rock hopping.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. If you are a fairly active person however, this tour may be a bit slow for you.
Written September 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there! Thank you for your review. It is always great to hear the experiences our guests are having on tour with us. Feedback is always welcome, as we are continually looking at ways to improve our products. Your comments have been passed on management who will asses. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your driver/guides as AAT Kings pride ourselves on our friendly & knowledgably staff. Thank you again for leaving us a review, and we look forward to seeing you on AAT Kings tours in the future!
Written September 22, 2019
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Carlina2012
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
Stunning rugged scenery and a rugged ride into Palm Valley
Aug 2019
What a fabulous day trip from Alice Springs. Big comfortable 4WD truck which made the travel as comfortable as possible. The morning tea (yummy scones, cream and jam) visit to Hermannsburg Mission was very interesting and we had enough time for a wander around the old buildings, as well as the art gallery & gift shop. Our driver Barry was very informative and a very good driver, which was important as the 'road' along the Finke River, into Palm Valley, was an adventurous off-road drive. Stunning scenery, a beautiful walk along the river bed and then an optional cliff top walk. Barry was very careful to explain the nature of the terrain and advised care when walking on rocks and stones. The picnic lunch was delicious salads, juice and fruit. Another stop at Hermannsburg Mission on the way back gave us an opportunity to look at the artworks again and meet some of the artists sitting in the garden. All in all a fabulous, exhilarating, exhausting day with a really good insight into the region.
Written August 25, 2019
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Hi there! WOW we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed our Palm Valley tour! The scenery is fantastic & it is great to hear Barry made it all that much better! AAT Kings pride ourselves on our friendly & knowledgeable guides so we will be sure to pass along these wonderful comments to Barry! Thank you again for choosing to travel with AAT Kings in Central Australia & we look forward to seeing you on AAT Kings tours in the future!
Written August 25, 2019
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Renee D
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Renee Docherty
Jul 2019 • Friends
I cannot reccomend this amazing tour enough. Firstly i would like to say how amazing Pete is as a tour guide. So hilarious and knowledgeable. The 4 wheel drive bus was awesome. Palm valley is so beautiful.the walks are incredible and the scenery unforgettable. The morning tea and lunch provided were delicious definitely reccomend this tour
Written July 24, 2019
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Hi Renee, Thank you very much for your review! It is really great to hear you enjoyed the Palm Valley Outback Safari tour with us and that Pete made it that much better! AAT Kings pride ourselves on our friendly & knowledgeable guides, so it is great to hear you enjoyed this experience with us! We will be sure to pass along your comments to Pete! Thanks again for your amazing review, and we hope to see you on AAT Kings Tours in the future!
Written July 25, 2019
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989ChrisG
Perth, Australia70 contributions
Fantastic day
Such a great day. Our very skillful and knowledgeable driver and guide, Peter, made this a day to remember. First stop was Hermannsburg Historical Precinct for a great Devonshire tea and very interesting history and aboriginal art gallery. This was followed by some fun, at times bone rattling, 4 wheel driving down the Finke River into Palm Valley. A couple of great walks, lovely lunch and amazingly stunning scenery. We loved it!

Written July 17, 2019
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Hi! Wow, what a fantastic review! Our Palm Valley tour is definitely one to remember so we are pleased to here you enjoyed this tour and especially with Pete! We will be sure to pass along your comments to him. Thank you again for your fantastic review and we look forward to seeing you on AAT Kings tours in the future!
Written July 17, 2019
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DavidG897
London, UK2,624 contributions
Alice Springs Expeditions
John Stafford made it an excellent day out for us despite the heat and flies. He drove considerately especially on the challenging section from Hermansburg.

The area was dry but John helped us appreciate how it would be when the rivers were in flood

All in all a memorable day
Written February 28, 2019
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ActRegular_traveller
Canberra, Australia2,624 contributions
A great day out
Jul 2018 • Couples
I'd been concerned about how to visit Palm Valley & opted for an AAT Kings day trip. They use a high clearance 4WD bus on an Isuzu truck body for this trip.

It was an early start collected from our hotel, pickup was at 7.05 and they were a couple of minutes early - we were almost the last on the bus. We stopped briefly at Rev. John Flynn's grave just outside Alice Springs the drove to Hermannsburg were we stopped briefly at Albert Namatjira's memorial & then for about an hour at Hermannsburg historic mission precinct (reviewed separately). The road to here was sealed. From there we turned off onto the unsealed road into Palm Valley, which wasn't too bad for about 10 km until after the camping ground. There had been a brief stop for photos at a viewing point and a longer stop for a short walk up to another viewing point on the way in. We had an early pre-packed lunch at a picnic area near the toilets. The last 3 km in to Palm Valley was serious high clearance 4 wheel drive and best left to experienced drivers - I'm glad I didn't have to attempt it. The valley itself is interesting, with palms and cycads along a short length of the river gorge. We walked a few hundred metres along the cycad section and again among the palms. The walk along the gorge rim was good, probably about 2km all up. Only a few small ponds left in the valley floor when we were there.

We got back into Alice Springs at about 4.45.

Big thanks to our driver/guide, Terry for a great day out.
Written August 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gra11182
228 contributions
Great Day Out
Everything about ATT Kings was excellent. From the booking (online) to the prompt email confirmstion to the follow up day before. The pickup from our Caravan park was actually 1 minute early. The 4WD Bus was comfortable though was hard to hear drivers commentary when on road. Gerry the driver gave excellent commentary. Had excellent morning tea at Hermannsberg Historic Town.The scones were delicious. Were given ample time to explore the Historic Precinct. The off to Palm Valley like an Oasis in the Desert. After a not too exhausting walk sat down to a delicious Salad Lunch. After lunch another sort walk to a lookout overlooking Palm Valley the back to Hermannsburg before the trip back. Overall a great though tiring day. Glad I could doze on way back.
Written July 29, 2018
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LindsayMann
Melbourne, Australia1,659 contributions
Very good tour
We were concerned about taking our 4WD into Palm Valley and decided to go with AAT. It was a very good decision. There was some extremely difficult 4WD track in the last few km and I was very pleased to let someone else drive and not risk our own 4WD vehicle. The tour provided very good exposure to Palm Valley. We had time for 3 lengthy walks both on the floor of the valley and up on the rim. Our guide Marcel was outstanding and made sure we had good photo opportunities at the best scenic points. He provided a running commentary on the environment supplemented by lots of anecdotes. Lunch was a large and healthy salad plus fruit and juice. We stopped at Hermannsburg for sightseeing and scones for morning tea. Water and snacks were also provided during the day. The 4WD bus was comfortable although the sound system was poor.
Written July 18, 2018
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Richard-Canberra
Canberra, Australia204 contributions
Outstanding Day
Apr 2018 • Couples
Full day 4WD bus tour. The driver/ guide was absolutely passionate about the areas we visited and was full of fascinating stories about the relevant aboriginal culture; the plants and rock formations. Without this driver the trip would have been good but he made it outstanding, fun and educational.
Written July 7, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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