Chambers Pillar

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesAlice Springs
FinishChambers Pillar
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance160.93 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed62.13 km/hr
Driving Time2 hrs 35 mins
Article By: ExplorOz - Michelle Martin
Page Updated: 24 Feb 2016

Description

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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Preparation

Permits

Chambers Pillar 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.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 21 litres *4cyl 26 litres4cyl 32 litres
6cyl 25 litres6cyl 32 litres *6cyl 28 litres
8cyl 25 litres8cyl 27 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 54.75km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.68.25.04.06.010.314.817.920.2
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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What to See

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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.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Alice Springs to Ewaninga Ruin32.08 kmS171° 26 min
Ewaninga Ruin to Ooraminna Ruin34.17 kmS162° 28 min
Ooraminna Ruin to Old South Rd & Phillipson Stock Route6.66 kmS159° 4 min
Old South Rd & Phillipson Stock Route to Old South Rd & Hugh River Stock Route11.2 kmS201° 9 min
Old South Rd & Hugh River Stock Route to Bokhara Ruin10.3 kmS168° 7 min
Bokhara Ruin to Mount Madigan12.75 kmS162° 9 min
Mount Madigan to Maryvale9.78 kmS186° 8 min
Maryvale to Hugh River, Chambers Pillar Rd4.73 kmW251° 5 min
Hugh River, Chambers Pillar Rd to Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve37.16 kmSW227° 50 min
Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve to Castle Rock1.21 kmSE117° 1 min
Castle Rock to Chambers Pillar0.88 kmSW227° 2 min
Alice Springs to Chambers Pillar160.93 km  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.

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