Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley Tour

Visit the spectactular Rainbow Valley with a traditional Aboriginal guide who will explain its significance. Enjoy the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs in the soft light of the morning or afternoon around sunset. The turnoff to the Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is 75km south of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, an easy but exciting day trip!

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About the Rainbow Valley

Rainbow Valley is a living cultural landscape, the traditional country of the Upper Southern Arrernte Aboriginal people. The Traditional Owners know this place as Wurre, part of Imarnte, the country to which they belong.

The main features of the Rainbow Valley area are the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs. These free standing cliffs are particularly attractive in the early morning and late afternoon when the rainbow-like rock bands are highlighted. The coloured rock bands in the sandstone cliffs were caused by water, weathering and erosion have then also produced the valley shape, where sandstone blocks have eroded into rock faces and squared towers.

The Reserve also has very important archaeological sites and artefacts that are evidence of ancient Aboriginal connections to the area. Rainbow Valley became a jointly managed park in 2008 and visitors are asked to respect the natural and cultural values of this place.

The turn-off to the Reserve is 75 kilometres south of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway. From here it is a 22 kilometre along an unsealed road which has some sandy patches. A 4WD is recommended, but not essential.

About the Tour

The turn-off to the Reserve is 75 kilometres south of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway. From here it is a 22 kilometre along an unsealed road which has some sandy patches. A 4WD is recommended, but not essential.

We will travel all the way south from Alice Springs to Rainbow Valley to meet our host, a Traditional Custodian. Here we’ll have time to relax and will be introduced to the amazing Aboriginal culture and its connection to the area. Along with our host, we will then have the chance to share the spectacular Art Site of Rainbow Valley where we will experience rock art, engravings and occupations sites never before open to the public.  In the mid afternoon, the guide will share the ancient landscape of Rainbow Valley and explain some of its cultural significance. In the late afternoon, when the Rainbow Valley is at its most spectacular we’ll admire the changing colours of a spectacular sunset changing from from ochre red to orange and purple.

What you need to know…

  • There are two walking tracks within the Reserve; both are graded easy and are suitable for families. A one kilometre loop walk allows visitors to view Mushroom Rock, an interesting sandstone formation.
  • The Reserve is accessible all year- round, the cooler months from April to September being the most pleasant. 
  • There are one day and half day tours available if you’re running on a tight schedule.
  • There are basic camping facilities at Rainbow Valley with toilets, gas barbecues, fire pits and a picnic area. You will need to bring your own food, firewood and water. 
  • If you’re up to the challenge and you’d love to experience the Rainbow Valley on a self guided tour, do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff at reception!

Book Now call 08 8929 1609

Tours start from $100

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For bookings and more information feel free to contact our Reception on 08 8929 1609 during business hours or enquire now at stay@jumpinnalice.com.