Alice Springs’ wild outback territory sprawls for miles. There is any number of wonderful conservation parks and areas that visitors often overlook. But with your Alice Springs car hire from Hertz Alice Springs, you have the freedom to explore at leisure.
As you enter the East MacDonnell Ranges, just 10 km east of Alice Springs – an easy 15 minute drive along the Ross Highway. you will come to these features. There are unique Aboriginal paintings and spiritual sites. Walking tracks lead into both Gaps.
The park is open all year round and great for both bush walking and picnics.
Rainbow Valley is known for its impressive sandstone bluffs and cliffs, making up part of the James Range. In the early morning and late afternoon, it’s clear how it got its name. The coloured rock bands are caused by minerals, some of which were dissolved by water a long time ago. Their shapes are due to erosion by weather, forming towers and rock faces. This is a photographer’s dream. The reserve also houses Aboriginal rock engravings and paintings. The large rock outcrop of Ewerre is a sacred site.
The turn-off is 75 km south from Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway. From here it is a further 22 km on unsealed road, best suited to 4WD vehicles. The reserve is accessible all year round, with the cooler winter months offering a more pleasant experience.
This small reserve houses rock engravings from ancient Aboriginal times. They are best viewed in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun is less harsh. The walking track is easy to follow but do not touch or climb on the rocks. The reserve is 39 km south of Alice Springs on the Old South Road and is usually accessible all year, though the winter months are recommended for comfort.
This isolated reserve houses a permanent natural spring, many aquatic plants and the ruins of the Illamurta Springs Police Station. Nature and history – both Aboriginal and European – can be appreciated here. Located 192km from Alice Springs, it can be reached via the Stuart Highway and Ernest Giles Road, or from Palm Valley via the Finke River 4WD Route. The tracks are 4WD only.