Cattlewater Pass,Finke to Chambers Pillar

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 16:00
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We are planning a trip to central Australia in may this year.
One of the vehicles is a Subaru Outback(travelling light).
Has anyone done the cattlewater pass road or the Finke to Chambers Pillar track recently in a low clearance 4wd.
Just Wondering BAMO
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 19:28

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 19:28
Went to the Pillar a few years ago in the 80 Series...and this made it after a couple of false starts ...IMHO .. reckon the Subby would be grounded..unless of course there is a new road in there now...
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 20:15

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 20:15
I do know that the road to the Pillar from the Alice though dirt is now used extensivly even tourist coaches can do it apparently, I was told ion early April that the 50 odd km of 4x4 road is now so busy that they are thinking of restricting the number of vehicles that can go in there....I will be trying it in the Jack in september...
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Reply By: MichaelR - Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 20:40

Sunday, Apr 24, 2005 at 20:40
The Finke to Merivale Rd can get amazingly corrugated. Try to do the trip before the Finke Desert race which I think is held in the middle of the year sometime. The road into Chambers Pillar from Merivale is generally pretty good. In the past have taken an EJ Holden station wagon and a Mni Moke in there before the road course was altered so a Suby shouldn't have too many problems
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 06:20

Monday, Apr 25, 2005 at 06:20
bamo
The only place you might have a problem is going over the big jump-up about halfway between Maryvale and The Pillar. Not too bad on the way in, but can be a problem coming back.BTW the views from the top are spectacular. Just after you start to go down the other side there is a fork in the road. When I was there last year the right fork was much easier to negotiate than the left one, particularly on the way back. Other than that you should be fine, with a little care taken.

Tessa
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 21:03

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 21:03
Did the Cattlewater Pass track N of Arltunga a couple of years ago. Nothing difficult from memory.

I reckon the Subaru will be fine on both tracks if appropriately driven.

Cheers
Phil
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