Finke Gorge National Park, 140 kilometres west of Alice Springs, covers an area of 46,000 hectares, and includes the striking desert oasis Palm Valley, home to a diverse range of plant species, many of which are rare and unique to the area. The Red Cabbage Palm is found only in Palm Valley. The Finke River is claimed to be one of the oldest in the world, with areas dating back 350 million years. The park and nearby areas hold cultural significance to the western Arrernte Aboriginal people and there is also evidence of early European settlement.
A popular four-wheel-drive route down the Finke River to Illamurta Springs and Watarrka National Park begins at Finke Gorge. Bush walking is another popular activity. Kalaranga lookout is an easy 20 minute climb, with spectacular views of the rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs. The Mpaara Walk introduces the mythology of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal culture. In Palm Valley, the Arankaia Walk and the longer Mpulungkinya Walk meander among lush, slender palms, returning across a scenic plateau.
Finke is a small Northern Territory Rural Location within the local government area of MacDonnell, it is located approximately 1301kms from the capital Darwin covering an area of 28.781 square kilometres. Finke has a recorded population of 192 residents and is within the Australian Central Standard Time zone Australia/Darwin.
If you are planning a visit to Finke we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Finke and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.