Finke Gorge National Park
National Park "Finke Gorge" is located 138 km west of Alice Springs. The name of the park gave the first European to visit these places, - Stuart McDougall, who was so grateful to my sponsor, William Finke, discovered that he had decided to name the river and surrounding areas named patron.
The main attraction of the park, created in 1920 and covers an area of 456 square kilometers, is a spectacular desert oasis of Palm Valley - home to a huge variety of plant species, including the rare palm as "Red Kebbidzh", growing in abundance only here. This palm oasis - the remains of an ancient rain forest which grew here 60 million years ago. Also the Finke River Basin is one of the oldest in the world - it was formed over 350 million years ago. Park and its surrounding areas have great cultural significance for Aboriginal people from the tribe of "Western arrernte."
From the Finke Gorge begins the road along the river of the same name to the source Illamurta Springs and the National Park "Vatarrka." In the park laid tourist routes. The most popular is the 20-minute climb to the observation deck Kalaranga, which offers great views of the rocky amphitheater, surrounded by steep cliffs. Walk along the trail Mpaara can meet with local Aboriginal myths. And in Palm Valley Trail Arankayya and longer Mpulungkinya graceful curls of lush palm trees, overlooking the picturesque plateau.
Not far from the park is the town of Hermannsburg - an old mission, founded Lutherans. Many natives were baptized here, including the famous artist Albert Namatira. Since ancient times, preserved several historic buildings - a school, a church, a dining room. The church today is a museum. To the south of Hermannsburg begins the road that leads to the Finke Gorge.