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Palm Valley Outback 4-WD Safari with Picnic Lunch

10.5 Hours
Global Essentials
Moderate

From (USD) $122 Per Person

Palm Valley Outback 4-WD Safari with Picnic Lunch

10.5 Hours
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Moderate

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      Palm Valley Outback 4-WD Safari with Picnic Lunch

      Alice Springs, Australia
      From (USD) $122 Per Person
      Highlights
      • Off-road sights: Travel in the comfort of our custom-designed 4WD vehicle to see remarkable spots that other vehicles just cannot reach. Your knowledgeable driver-guide entertains with lively commentary.
      • Dramatic landscapes: Be amazed by the red cabbage palms, natural sandstone amphitheater, rock pinnacles, and gorges as you discover this oasis by vehicle and guided walk.
      • Picnic lunch: Relax as we provide a tasty alfresco meal amid the beauty of Finke Gorge National Park, known for its astonishing scenery and Aboriginal heritage.
      • Hermannsburg Historic Precinct: Admire the art of acclaimed Aboriginal watercolorist Albert Namatjira at a gallery and explore historic buildings, many now protected by the National Trust.
      About this Alice Springs Tour

      In Palm Valley, the desert blooms. Here in a rugged outback landscape, the Finke River runs quietly and spring-fed pools serenely reflect the endless sky. Thousands of rare red cabbage palms thrive here, a lush cluster of green amongst the gorges and towering rocks.

      An oasis is a magical place. And the lore here has its mysteries too. The palms were once thought to be the only species to survive when Australia's tropical interior began to dry out millions of years ago. Scientists now believe they came when indigenous people settled here15,000 years ago, perhaps bringing them as food (the leaf buds can be eaten like cabbage). Aboriginal legend holds that gods from the north brought palm seeds to the valley.

      However they took root, the palms and the landscape inspired Albert Namatjira (1902-1959), a watercolorist born at the Hermannsburg community we'll visit. Combining natural talent with keen observation of Palm Valley, Namatjira painted expressive watercolors and pioneered what's now called the Hermannsburg School of Painting. As the first Aboriginal to become a successful professional painter, he is the pride of this small community.

      Wandering the gallery here, you'll see paintings that strikingly depict the surrounding outback landscapes. You'll also see the sculptural, colorfully decorated terracotta pots that are crafted mostly by the women of the community. You can sense the inspiration here and the spiritual connection artists feel with this place. The beauty of Palm Valley speaks through the hearts and hands of its artists.

      Dreamtime stories

      The Arrernte have lived in and around Alice Springs for as long as 20,000 years and are Australia's second-largest indigenous group. In Aboriginal mythology, Dreamtime or The Dreaming was a time when ancestral beings created their world, its people, and its way of life. Sacred to the Arrernte is a great lizard ancestor, and they believe that rock formations and water pools mark the places where the lizard shaped their landscape.

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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