Rainbow Valley
Rainbow Valley
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The main features of the Rainbow Valley area are the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. These free standing cliffs form part of the James Range, and are particularly attractive in the early morning and late afternoon when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. Access is best in a 4WD vehicle due to sandy patches on the access road. Walks and camping available.
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A friend had strongly recommended calling in at Rainbow Valley, particularly at sunset. Our schedule didn't allow for a sunset visit so we settled on mid-afternoon. The landscape is spectacular, in a 'Monument Valley' sort of way. Did a couple of walks on the marked trails which were straightforward, aside from the flies. (Bring a fly net.) However, the site doesn't compare with some of the other dramatic landscapes we had visited in Central Australia, and to that extent we were a little disappointed. It sounds like sunset is the time to be here for maximum impact. Road in from the highway is 22km unsealed. 4WD is recommended but should be OK for conventional vehicles if you take it slowly.
Written July 6, 2021
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1TraveltheWorld
Alice Springs, Australia12,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
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 enjoy the experience of seeing and photographing some of the most awesome sunsets over the valley, you really need to camp out here for the ultimate experience.
There are no fees for visiting, but a small camping fee is payable by an honour system as per most national parks drop boxes. Stay the night, you won't regret it.
For more info, see;
http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/rainbowvalley#.UxHTzfW4bIU
Written March 1, 2014
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,477 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
This is one of the treasures in the Northern Territory and well worth the visit. A little tricky getting in from the road on a dusty track, and although they recommend 4WD it really is not necessary. Just keep your speed down and take care. Once you are in, you will see the most amazing captivating colours and I certainly would recommend late afternoon and early morning for the best photos. Absolutely love this place and hope you take the time to visit. (Remember take plenty of water and food as there is nothing out here - except toilets and a few flies)
Written January 30, 2018
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Jeanny8
The Netherlands1,544 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
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 to the surface during the Dry Season.
It is a beautiful spectacle in the lower sunset.
We travelled on the way to Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Written January 17, 2014
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RemyWetzels
Eindhoven, The Netherlands30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
Visited May 21st, 2013

The colors during sunset are so amazing and brilliant, its unbelievable!!!
The outback has a couple of beautiful landmarks, but this is a real gem. If you are near, you must really visit it!
Please be aware, the about 22km gravel road from the highway is 4WD recommended (and necessary during/after rainfall), but with a normal 2WD car it can also be done. With a 2WD camper you should drive very slowly and carefully and seek out the solid ground patches, but it can be done...
The (minimal fee for overnight stay) campground has only one pit (seat above a hole in the ground) toilet 30 meters from the campground, gas barbecues and picnic facilities available and almost no shade. So you should be self-supporting...
Written October 15, 2014
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boyce1105
Sydney80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
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 corrugations were a bit rougher than one would like but as long as you took it easy it was fine. Luckily the road is wide and there was minimal traffic along it when we were there.
We arrived mid afternoon and stayed until 5ish, unable to leave it any longer and therefore missed the sunset. Having said that, the colours were still spectacular and you will pretty much have the place to yourself. There were two other campers here the day we went. Facilities looked good and under different circumstances we would love to have stayed.
There is a pathway that leads around the back to Mushroom Rock and it looked like there were many other tracks that led off begging to be explored. Perhaps another time.
Written July 7, 2014
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John E
Alice Springs6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
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.
Written April 25, 2014
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luisim72
Nuerensdorf, Switzerland276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015
We did the track to the rainbow valley. a 4WD vehicle is required but you do not need espacially knowhow about driving thete, basic skills are enough. once reached the valley a very beautiful scenery appear. reccomendet at sunset or sunrise to enjoy the coorfull voew.
Written February 11, 2015
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Yaron E
Hadera, Israel245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
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
Written August 20, 2014
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Poikime
Perth, Western Australia, Australia1,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Let me tell ya...the drive to Rainbow Valley was no joking business...at least for me. I totally took the big risk to come here. It's far far away and the road turning into the valley was all unsealed, corrugated, sandy and absolutely taxing. And it's very very deep inside into the valley so be prepared for your body to be shaken A LOT!!!!
This was one of the places that I was contemplating very hard whether or not I should go. Mainly because of the distance and also the fact that it says only 4wd was recommended. Well, I had only AWD car so not sure if it would perform well. But according to some reviews I read, they said it should be fine as long as you take it easy. So I really took the plunge and the risk of going there using AWD car.

And I survived!!!!! Despite driving really really slow and of course praying the whole way through in and out Hahaha! Cos this was totally remote and outback. You do not want to experience breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Help was far away...so I thanked God my car performed well. And I was glad I made it in time just for the sunset. Phiuh!

The camping place was really clean and well maintained. You have to register your car and pay. The rangers would check daily. The rocks itself...WOW WOW WOW. It's so beautiful at sunset and really glowed like gold! AMAZING!
I met a few campers and we had great chat. So it's nice to meet new ppl as you travel. And at night time...even MORE WOW!!!! Star studded sky and I saw a little bit of milky way...Speechless! I also woke up in the middle of the night and witness Blood Moon rising from the horizon! OMG I was so touched and felt so blessed to witness such miracle! At first I thought it was a car coming...but slowly it rose and rose and I realised it's the moon. Incredible!

Sunrise was good too but not so much striking as sunset cos the sun would be glaring at you from behind the rock so there won't be much of the glowing effects. So aim for the sunset and the night skies. Besides camping and relaxing, there were some walks you could do as well. I really enjoyed the walk to the Mushroom rock.

So put in the effort. Drive here and experience the true outback! I was so happy when i made it out back to the civilisation the next day. My car didn't disappoint me and I absolutely loved my time in Rainbow Valley.
Written April 30, 2016
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