McElholum road trip - up the Centre 2012 travel blog

Hermannsburg tea room, built 1887

Hermannsburg tea room


'Track' to Palm Valley


Red cabbage palms

Hayden at Camp in Palm Valley

Grace at camp in Palm Valley

Chef hard at work

Daniel at camp in Palm Valley

Short but rough drive to Palm Valley today in Finke National Park. Along the way visited historic Hermannsburg. The birthplace and home of Albert Namatjira, a reknowned Aboriginal watercolour painter. The first indigenous Australian to be granted citizenship which left him divided between two cultures with different rules. It is the site of the first Aboriginal mission in NT, set up by lutherans from Germany in 1877. Ownership of land was returned in 1982. Well preserved site to observe and enjoyed apple strudel in one of the original buildings.

Dropped camper in National park campground after rough drive along track and continued into valley where drive became a crawl over rocks. Only managed the short walk, 3km, due to time and heat but still a special spot with hundreds of towering red cabbage palms which are unique to area.

Returned to camp. Hayden off to sit by dry river bed to draw. Grace observing up into river redgums with binoculars and 'bird' book. She spotted a nest of Australian ringneck parrots in a tree hollow. Daniel playing with trains. Campfire in evening. $15p/n

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