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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