Palm Valley – Finke Gorge National Park

Rare red cabbage palms (Livistona mariae) are spread throughout the gorges and valleys of the Finke River and its tributary, Palm Creek, in Finke Gorge National Park. The palms in Palm Creek number no more than 3000, and are some of the many remnants from millions of years ago when this region was tropical rainforest. They survive in the arid landscape because of the moisture retained in the riverbed sand and rock, and the shade cast by the high walls of the gorge. Wander through the gorge and feast your eyes on the contrasting colours of lush green trees, burnt red rock and vivid blue sky.

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