Day 17 – Alice Springs to Palm Valley

Today we finally packed up our camp and headed out of Alice Springs. First we visited Simpson’s Gap on the way to the aboriginal community of Hermannsburg , This is the site of the first mission set up in Central Australia (1877) and home town of the famous aboriginal painter, Albert Namajira.  We took a look around seeing how people lived back then, before we headed out to Palm Valley where we camped the night.

At Palm Valley we went for a walk  :walk: along the valley ridge then down into the gorge where we saw hundreds of the rare Red Cabbage Palms that are only found in this area. Only 1500 of these palms exist in the world and they are all in this valley.

That night we heard one of the rangers give a talk about the park and what rangers do in NT national parks. During her talk I found a blind snake while digging in the dirt.  She told me afterwards that these blind snakes are pretty rare and we were very lucky to see one.

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