Finke Gorge - Places to Visit - The West Macs

Finke Gorge National Park is a hidden gem, carved by the majestic Finke River as it cuts and dissects through a series of sandstone ranges. The park covers an area of 460 square kilometres but its highlight is Palm Valley, home to the Red Cabbage Palm that remind us of the region's tropical past. The strange, impressive sandstone formations of the Amphitheatre are also worth experiencing and are a favourite subject for visiting artists. The Park has an array of short walks that offers visitors some very special experiences. Access is via the deep, sandy riverbed of the Finke River so access is limited to four wheel drive vehicles only.

Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge National Park is yet another gem to be discovered in the West Macs. The park covers 460 square kilometres but its main highlights are Palm Valley and the Amphitheatre. Palm Valley is a remnant of the rain forests that once covered our ancient continent and now acts as the last niche for a diverse range of plant species. One of these is the Red Cabbage Palm, which is only found within the park and has a population of only around 3,000 individual plants. So please be careful where you step!

The strange formations of the Amphitheatre are also worth viewing and are a favourite subject for visiting artists. But a short walk along some of the well-marked trails around Palm Valley will be rewarding for anyone.


Key features:

  • A large, picturesque camping ground
  • Stunning sandstone formations
  • Rare and relict plant life
  • Plentiful water
  • A wide range of short and medium sized walks covering some of the most spectacular country in Central Australia.

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