This is an Important Meeting Place — it is an important place for family
to visit and camp and to teach kids about that place and looking after
For the Upper Southern Arrernte People, the place you see before you is
known as Wurre, a bush tucker dreaming site and an important ceremony place.
Charcoal, grindstones and rock art that date back thousands of years remind
us that after plentiful rain, people have always met and camped here.
When we look at the land, it’s part of us — not just a pretty sight. It’s
about keeping country alive for future generations.
This arid landscape is a place of dramatic change. The pastel tones of
morning give way to washed out colours of noon, which slowly change to a
rich glow at sunset. Times of heavy rain bring an explosion of animal life
and vivid wildflowers, then drought covers the landscape in a red blanket of
Source: Traditional Owners and NT Parks and Wildlife
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is located about 75 km south of Alice
Springs along the Stuart Highway. From there take the left turn onto unsealed
road. A 4 wheel-drive is recommended, with the total distance being
approximately 97 km.
These free standing bluffs and cliffs form part of the
James Range. It is a place where the dune fields meet the ranges, providing a
place of stunning contrasts, with varied scenery and diversity of plants and
More information on
Valley Conservation Reserve.