Rainbow Valley (NT)

Rainbow Valley is known for its bluffs and cliffs of sandstone with bands of distinct rock colours. An simple day trip from Alice Springs, it’s at its most stunning in the early morning light or late afternoon sun when it switches from ochre red to orange and purple or after heavy rainfall, when the entire scene is mirrored in the claypans.

The Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is approximately 75 kilometres south of Alice Springs, and is best reached by four-wheel driving. Or join a tour that begins at Alice Springs, many of which provide insight into the area’s Aboriginal cultural significance.

The path leading to Rainbow Valley is lined with magnificent Desert Oak stands. Walk along the base of the cliffs through the valley and you can see huge pieces of fallen rock, some of them weathered and pocket-marked like coral. Take the short walk that skirts the claypan and winds to Mushroom Rock at the foot of the bluff – an unusual formation with a natural tunnel created by millions of years of rain and wind erosion.

Part of the James Range, the reserve is an important place for the people of the southern Arrernte. A registered holy site is the great rock formation known as Ewerre. The Park is rich in Aboriginal history , especially around the hills and ridges where petroglyphs, paintings (rock carvings), grinding stones, and stone chip tools were discovered.

The Rainbow Valley provides simple camping facilities with toilets, gas barbecues, fire pits and a picnic area. You’ll need to carry food, firewood, and water your own.

(Article by northernterritory.com)

Tours to Rainbow Valley

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