Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
is accessed just 75km south of Alice Springs
from a turn-off along the Stuart Highway. A 22km access road that is unsealed with sandy patches leads to the reserve, which offers vehicle access, camping and walking.
The area gets it name from the scenic sandstone
bluffs and cliffs that show rainbow
-coloured bands. These are particularly striking at dawn/dusk when the colours are enhanced.
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Things to See & Do
Rainbow Valley - NT
Colouful rock formations are striking anytime of day with just a 10 min walk across claypans from the campsite. Corrugated 22km sandy road will take an hour towing a normal road van.
Camping, photography, and walking around the bluff
area and to other locations along the James Range.
Firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve. Fires are only permitted in designated firepits. Bins are not provided, please
take your rubbish with you. Pets are not permitted in this
reserve. Generators are not permitted.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
||Diesel||4cyl 15 litres
||ULP||4cyl 17 litres
||LPG||4cyl 21 litres|
|6cyl 16 litres||6cyl 19 litres||6cyl 19 litres|
|8cyl 16 litres||8cyl 18 litres|
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services and supplies: Alice Springs
Camp Sites & Accommodation
Alice Springs - NT
The name of this city comes from it's humble beginnings when a small settlement was built along a waterhole called Alice Springs in 1872. Today,
Camping is permitted in the designated area with gas and wood bbqs, picnic tables and a pit toilet. Fees payable.
The coloured rock bands in the sandstone
cliffs were caused by water. In earlier, wetter times the red iron of the sandstone
layers were dissolved and drawn to the surface during the dry season. The red minerals formed a dark, iron rich surface layer with the leached white layers below. This dark red capping is hard, and weathers slowly, whereas the softer white sandstone
below weathers quickly into loose sand. Weathering and erosion have also produced the valley shape, where sandstone
blocks have eroded into rock faces and squared towers.
Surrounding the James Range are spinifex dominated sand plains and claypans.
The traditional owners (Upper Southern Arrernte people) call the area Wurre. The Reserve has important archaelogical sites and artefacts which are evidence of ancient Aboriginal occupation in the area. A spread of black rocks at the northern base of the main rock formation is significant as is a large rock massif, known as 'Ewerre' which is a registered scared site.