Palm Valley NT

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:13
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Hi All,

Can anyone tell me if you can take a camper trailer into the campground at palm valley. I will be there next week and will be towing a KK.

Cheers
Steve
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Reply By: brian - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:25

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:25
yes no problems unless you get heavy rain
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:45

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:45
The road to Palm valley campgrounds is fine with the last 4k pretty rough. No need to take your trailor to Palm Valley. Just get to the campgrounds early drop the trailor off reserving your space as it gets busy later then spend the day 4km away at the valley with no worries about camping spots or rough tracks for your trailor
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Reply By: Member - Steve & Paula - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:09

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:09
Hi Steve,

Took our KK in about 2 years ago. No problems. As suggested heavy rain would be the only problem. Rained quite a bit when we were there and I was worried about getting out, however thunderstorms were localised and we had no problems.

Enjoy

Steve
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Follow Up By: Hairy - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:49

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 12:49
As above, but the finke river flowed in sections a few weeks ago so it would be worth ringing the rangers.
Have fun
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Reply By: Surf - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 14:09

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 14:09
We were there a couple of years ago and our friends travelling with us took an ordinary garden trailer that had been beefed up to cope with off road conditions. It made it through without any problems.

What a great place, the camp ground has showers, the view as the sun sets on the ranges is spectacular, and you can have a campfire in the rings provided (if you can find some wood – we carted it in with us).

On the drive into the campground we saw some Brumbys galloping full tilt along the dry riverbed, looked like something from a movie, then they stopped and we were able to get some close up photos.

It gets pretty busy as the afternoon approaches so get there early if you can. We had dingoes visit our camp during the night while we sat around the campfire, they even jumped up on the back of the trailer. The kids loved it.

The drive in to the actual valley was interesting, with a couple of river crossings involved, just deep enough to make sure you watched were you were going.

Unfortunately we only had a few hours there, so didn’t get to see a lot of it, but it was well worth it. As others have said, check with the locals to see what recent conditions are like. I’m envious.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:07

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 16:07
If it's dry when you go you could get in with a conventional vehicle. The last 4km is the only roughish bit....Tourism operators at the Alice all go on about how bad the road is (deep river xing's, sand dunes etc) hoping you will go with them but it's not bad at all. My son was there a week ago. Very dramatic scenery, typical of the area, take your camera!
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Follow Up By: Hairy - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 18:02

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 18:02
Yes this is true but go down a road specified for 4wd's in a conventional vehicle, get stuck and see how much help you get from the rangers and other locals. It does happen.
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 23:59

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 23:59
We attempted to visit Palm Valley about 18 years ago. Got lost down the Fink for hours and never got there. It was pretty remote then.

Finally visited in 2000 and was very disappointed. Easy to get to with plenty of facilities and tour buses.

Yes.... take the camper.

This beautiful remote valley is now a carpark.... sad.

Although the ancient palms are interesting. The most interesting thing to me were the stick rat's nests high on the cliffs. Rats are long gone.... but the nests are still there.

Cheers Royce
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Reply By: traveloz005 - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 03:24

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 03:24
Its a beautiful spot ... and great camping....we drove through about 700mm of water in Troopy Camper ... no problems... get thgere after lunch for camping, not too late in day as camping area sometimes crowded ..... check river levels with rangers if going after heavy rain ... and do the long walk with a camera
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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 08:39

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 08:39
Just off-question - re walks there - the Mpara walk (about 3 hours +) is great - doesn't look it at first but you climb up to a wonderful view of the region.... well worth the time - the two valley walks - short/long are great too - the latter well worth the time also.
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Reply By: Member - Steve K (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 17:58

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006 at 17:58
Thanks everyone for the responses, looks like i'll go in with the trailer
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