By The West Macs
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Finke Gorge National Park is yet another gem to be discovered in the West Macs. The park covers an area of 460 square kilometres but its highlights are Palm Valley and the Amphitheatre. Palm Valley is a remnant of the rain forests that once covered our ancient continent and now acts as the last niche for a diverse range of plant species. One of these is the Red Cabbage Palm, which is only found within the park and has a population of only around 3,000 individual plants. So please be careful where you step! The strange formations of the Amphitheatre are also worth viewing and are a favourite subject for visiting artists. But a short walk along some of the well-marked trails around Palm Valley will be rewarding for anyone.
||The Horn Expedition (Citation: SLSA: B47731- Horn Scientific Exploration, 1894)||ALL LOCATIONS Local historian, Stuart Traynor describes the Horn Expedition and the scientists involved in its ground breaking work. Image sourced from SLSA: B47731- Horn Scientific Exploration, 1894||31 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Life in the West Macs (Image copyright: Peter Latz)||ALL LOCATIONS Plant Ecologist, Peter Latz recollects his early childhood in Hermannsburg and adventures with his Aboriginal mates. Image source: Alice Springs Historical Images, Ali||30 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Slow Tourism, complete with bulldust||ALL LOCATIONS Doing a circuit of the West Macs sights in the old days was true, adventure tourism.||29 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kaporilja Water (Image copyright: Peter Latz)||FINKE GORGE Tristam Malbunka tells a story of capturing precious water from Kaprilya Springs for the Hermannsburg Mission. In the desert, water really does mean life. Image Source: Alice Springs Historical Images, Alice Springs Town Library: Latz Collect||28 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Connection to land through painting for Lenie Namatjira (Image copyright: Deborah Clarke)||ALL LOCATIONS Artist Deborah Clarke tells of indigenous painting out along the Finke River and speaks about the close link with the land.||27 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Nature: the tool for Art (Image copyright: Deborah Clarke)||FINKE GORGE A fondness for fronds meets rice paper calligraphy.||26 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Plein-Au Art Camping (Image copyright: Deborah Clarke)||ALL LOCATIONS Deb Clarke describes the best method for capturing the landscape of the West Macs.||25 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Finke Fish||ALL LOCATIONS Ranger Gareth Catt admits that fish in the desert live a challenging life but with thousands of years of evolution they manage this harsh landscape.||24 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Arrarnta Cowgirl (Image copyright: Rona Rubuntja)||FINKE GORGE A decorated pot tells the tale of the Hermannsburg waterpipe project.||23 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dead Fish||ALL LOCATIONS In winter you may see groups of dead fish in the waterholes. This story explains why.||22 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||Relic Plants||ALL LOCATIONS The cycad is a survivor from the times of the dinosaurs.||21 10 2010||Free||View in iTunes|