Palm Valley Campground


4.7 from 77 users


Spectacular Finke Gorge National Park covers an area of 46,000 hectares and includes the impressive Palm Valley. Palm Valley is home to a diverse range of plant species, many that are rare and unique to the area, including the red cabbage palm (Livistona mariae), which gives the area its name. The park is open all year round, but the roads may be closed after heavy rain. The park is 138km west of Alice Springs. Turn south off Larapinta Drive just west of Hermannsburg. Access along the last 16km of track follows the sandy bed of the Finke River and is limited to high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Heavy rains may cause this section of the road to be impassable. The track from the picnic area to Palm Valley is not suitable for trailers or caravans. Check current road conditions on 1800 246 199 or contact the Parks and Wildlife Regional Office. As of 1st March 2022 all camp sites must be booked online. Telstra phone reception is available in Hermannsburg & 3G at the mobile 'hotspot' in the park. Ensure bookings prior to arrival to avoid disappointment. The online booking system is running. Sites are unpowered and facilities include toilets, hot showers, water, fire pits and bbq. Rubbish bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you. At Palm Valley, fires are only permitted in designated fire pits. Collect firewood before entering the park. Pets are not permitted in the National Park.

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Lat: -24.057468 Lng: 132.745711

User Reviews



We didn't camp here as we weren't sure about bringing our 23 ft van down. We had heard varying opinions on the state of the track. After driving the track today, we definately could have brought our van and camped here. Just take it slow and you'll be right.



Stayed about 3 weeks ago. 16km rough track in, need decent clearance, our Ranger with slide on camper was scraping river rocks and sand on dry river crossings. Road from camp to the valley had some serious rock drop/climbs, lots of scratch marks. Probably need some experience for that section. Only 4km walk if don't want to drive. Need to have a booking, small overflow area but you need to head up to Ranger station and book on phone. Plenty of people refused to do it when approached by camp host but sudden lost their nerve and all apologetic when Rangers threatened to fine them. Shower early if you want warm water. Site sizes vary greatly, later numbers generally bigger. Loved the valley walks



A very well maintained and popular campground. Definitely book well in advanced for peak season. The camp hosts make it a very friendly and helpful vibe, and there are ranger talks and guided walks on Saturdays. Access to the campground currently is an easy 4x4 even with a large caravan, some small sections of slightly soft sand but the track is well maintained. The drive to the valley from the campground currently is also a fairly easy 4x4 track, with 2 or 3 minor rock steps that any unmodified 4x4 could negotiate.


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