This trek starts at Alice Springs
and travels south on the Old South Road taking in some ruins along the way to the small town of Maryvale. It then heads south east to Chambers Pillar
which is an amazing rock formation in the Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve
. This part of the trek is extremely scenic and is a good introduction to the type of scenery you would see in the Simpson Desert
although the route runs between dunes and is relatively easy.
The track to Chambers Pillar
is officially not recommended for trailers but other than a bit of sand, a rocky low range 2nd steep descent and patches of corrugations, it is straightforward and many people do bring them. There are red dunes on either side of the track, bits and pieces of historic ruins, and not a car in sight. The track is mostly sand and has good drainage when wet.
You can climb up to the base of the vertical section of Chambers pillar
to view the inscribed names of the famous explorers
who passed here before the Telegraph and Ghan was built and there's a nice walk around the base of Castle Rock
. Late afternoon is the best time to view the rainbow
colours of the ridge that glow vibrantly when struck by the golden rays of the setting sun.
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lies in an Historical Reserve and you do not need permission to enter it. Also, you do not need an Aboriginal Land Permit because you won't be passing through any restricted land.
Things to See & Do
Fuel Supplies & Usage
|Alice Springs, Maryvale
||Diesel||4cyl 21 litres *
||ULP||4cyl 26 litres
||LPG||4cyl 32 litres|
|6cyl 25 litres||6cyl 32 litres *||6cyl 28 litres|
|8cyl 25 litres||8cyl 27 litres|
Camp Sites & Accommodation
The camp sites are excellent - great views of both Castle Rock
and Chambers Pillar
, free gas BBQs, hotplates, fire pits and large picnic tables. The camp sites are not ideal for campertrailers or caravans with bollards making sites better suited to tent campers. Although you can camp in the shade your vehicle certainly won't be. This is a consideration in hotter weather
as there is no power to keep fridges or batteries charged.
|Alice Springs to Ewaninga Ruin
|Ewaninga Ruin to Ooraminna Ruin
|Ooraminna Ruin to Old South Rd & Phillipson Stock Route
|Old South Rd & Phillipson Stock Route to Old South Rd & Hugh River Stock Route
|Old South Rd & Hugh River Stock Route to Bokhara Ruin
|Bokhara Ruin to Mount Madigan
|Mount Madigan to Maryvale
|Maryvale to Hugh River, Chambers Pillar Rd
|Hugh River, Chambers Pillar Rd to Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve
|Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve to Castle Rock
|Castle Rock to Chambers Pillar
|Alice Springs to Chambers Pillar
||2 hr 35 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.