One of Central Australia’s iconic images, Rainbow Valley
Conservation Reserve is located about 75 km south of Alice Springs along the
These free standing bluffs and cliffs form part of the James
Range, producing a striking image for visitors. In front of the bluffs and
cliffs is the claypan. During periods of rain, the claypans can fill with water,
especially exciting for photographers, capturing the formations reflection in
the still waters.
White clay particles mixing
with the iron particles produces the colour on the claypan. During the harsh dry
periods, the claypan has a bleach appearance under the midday sun.
many photographs, the best time to view the 'rainbow band' colours is late