During the school holidays we headed out to Rainbow Valley for the day. Believe it or not but after 14 years in the Territory, I had never been to Rainbow Valley. I've been to the community that sits to the south of Rainbow Valley for work but you can't see Rainbow Valley from there. Turns out Rainbow Valley isn't very far at all from Alice Springs. It is a quite easy day trip and I was so impressed. The scenery is spectacular! This certainly will not be the last time I head out to Rainbow Valley.
Rainbow Valley is approximately 75km to the south east of Alice Springs, at the end of a 22km stretch of dirt road after the Stuart Highway turn off. The corrugation on this road is something else. Ensure that all things are extra secure as it feels as though the whole car might fall apart! It is best navigated in a 4-wheel drive.
Lulu is obsessed with picnics so she was very happy to know that we were having a picnic lunch. I've learned to gather and pack this lunch quite quickly from purchasing it for big lunches at work. The ingredients are a roast chook, a lettuce, tomatoes and bread rolls. Optional extras are butter, avocado and salt. Chuck it all into a big bag with some plates, a knife and a chopping board for quick sandwich production while you are out bush and there you have it. An easy lunch. I guess you could also just pack sandwich meat instead of the chook, but a roast chook is always a nice treat. There are BBQs in the shaded picnic areas so next time we come we can bring sausages.
NT Parks have really put a lot of work into this park. It has new covered picnic tables, BBQs and toilets (as always, bring hand sanitiser). There are camping spaces too, as well as room to park a caravan or camper van. There is a walking track that goes behind the big rock feature and there is a path to walk on. The paths are made out of recycled tires. The paths sit lightly on the land and are removable. If you took them away today, in a month you wouldn't even know they are there. Parks have worked with Traditional Owners to create signs explaining the traditional significance of the area. These signs are dotted along the path. I was carrying Zelda and Lulu was complaining far to much about the heat (it wasn't hot) and the lack of water (yes, we left the water in the car as we weren't going far) so we didn't do the full walk. There's alway next time!