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Red Center National Parks
Finke Gorge National Park
96 miles (154km) southwest of Alice Springs. Running along the Finke River, the park includes the picturesque Palm Valley lined with limpid pools and ancient palms. Self-drive needs 4WD, or tours from Alice Springs are available.
Watarrka National Park
201 miles (323km) west of Alice Springs. The main attraction is Kings Canyon, a mighty canyon of pastel-colored walls reaching a height of 656ft (200m) and stretching for almost 1 mile (2km) See The Lost City and the Valley Eden with its lush vegetation of cycad palms. Self drive on dirt roads, some 4WD, or tours from Alice Springs are available.