Arankaia Circuit Walk
Western Arrernte Country

3 h to 5 h

10.9 km

↑ 216 m
↓ -216 m

Easy track
Starting from Palm Valley Campground, Namatjira, this walk takes you on a circuit in the palm groves around Palm Creek, exploring the arid land of Finke Gorge National Park along the way. Taking you to the centre of the Red Cabbage Palm groves, this track is a shorter version of the Mpulungkinya / Palm Valley Track. The said palm species is exclusive to the area. There are around 3000 fully-grown palms, and some of them are over 300 years old. Other flora in the area include cycads, spinifex and the occasional Ghost Gum. Offering panoramic views of the vast Palm Valley, the track was upgraded by the rangers for easier navigation. A 4WD vehicle with good clearance is required to get to the starting point. The road/track may be inaccessible after heavy rainfall, so check road conditions beforehand. You can use the commercial tours to come from Alice Springs if you don’t own a 4WD vehicle. The track can be started from the end of the 4WD road/track as well, shortening the loop. Let us begin by acknowledging the Western Arrernte people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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