Finke – Central Desert

Known as Aputula, the area was the land of the Southern Arrernte people. The township of Finke is just north of the South Australian border in the Northern Territory and was originally settled as a railway town, telegraph station and a service centre to the surrounding 100,000 hectares of cattle stations. The old Ghan Railway crossed the Finke River just north of the township.

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Finke School caters to pimary and middle school years. School of the Air is also available.


The Aputula Health Clinic is located in the community and staffed by Registered Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers and a visiting doctor.

Recreation activities

Hiking, motocross, fishing is all popular with some of the best scenery and attractions the NT has to offer.


Home of the Finke Desert Race which attractions thousands of people to the community for the June long weekend each year.

Finke Gorge

Finke River