One of Central Australia’s iconic images are the free
standing bluffs and cliffs in the
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve.
Easily accessible by 4 wheel-drive, the
turnoff onto unsealed road is about 75 km south of Alice Springs along the
These bluffs and cliffs
form part of the James Range, having been captured in many photographs. The best time to
view the 'rainbow band' colours is late afternoon.
In front of the bluffs and
cliffs is the claypan. During periods of rain, the claypans can fill with walk,
and is especially exciting for photographers, when you see the formations reflected in
the still waters.