Rainbow Valley Tour

About the Rainbow Valley


Rainbow Valley is a living cultural landscape, the traditional country of the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. The Traditional Owners know this place as Wurre, part of Imarnte, the country to which they belong.

The Valley is a must-visit both for its natural features and its artifacts. The name ‘Rainbow Valley’ derives from its rainbow-like sandstone rocks – bluffs and cliffs which gets particularly spectacular in the early morning and late afternoon when their colours turn vivid. The coloured rock bands caused by water, weathering and erosion have then also produced the valley shape, where sandstone blocks have eroded into rock faces and squared towers.

Rainbow Valley also has very important archaeological sites and artifacts that are evidence of ancient Aboriginal connections to the area. Located 75 km South of Alice Springs and reachable through an unsealed road (4WD recommended), this is an easy yet exciting day trip.

About the Tour


This one-day tour features a mix of Aboriginal culture and outdoor activities. You will travel all the way from Alice Springs to Rainbow Valley to meet your host, a Traditional Custodian. Here you’ll be introduced to the amazing Aboriginal culture and its connection to the area – you’ll experience rock art, engravings and occupations sites never before open to the public.

In the late afternoon, when the Rainbow Valley is at its most spectacular, you’ll admire the rocks changing colours their colours during sunset – from ochre red to orange and purple.


What you need to know…


  • There are two walking tracks within the Reserve; both are graded easy and are suitable for families. A 1 km loop walk allows visitors to view Mushroom Rock, an interesting sandstone formation.

  • The Reserve is accessible all year- round, the cooler months from April to September being the most pleasant. 

  • There are one day and half day tours available if you’re running on a tight schedule.

  • There are basic camping facilities at Rainbow Valley with toilets, gas barbecues, fire pits and a picnic area. You will need to bring your own food, firewood and water.

Tours start from $398


For bookings and more information, feel free to contact our Reception on 08 8929 1609 from 7am-8pm daily or email us at stay@jumpinnalice.com.