MT Dare to Chambers Pillar

Submitted: Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 14:38
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could any one tell me the time it would take to travel from Mt Dare to Chambers Pillar via the ghan,is it possible to do it in a day.
thanks
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Reply By: lindsay - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 14:53

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 14:53
Depends on how fast you travel or how much you want to break or what you want to look at. Plan for a day and a half. It can get rough and there is plenty to stop and look at.
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Follow Up By: heffo - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:26

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:26
thanks for the imfo Lindsay.
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 19:09

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 19:09
Heffo

I agree its a bit much in a day. We did Old Andado to Chambers Pillar in a comfortable day in Sept 2003. One of us was pulling an offroad camper trailer, and we travelled steadily, pulling up at all the sidings and historical markers, and a walk into the dunes at one siding. We had a tour of the house at Old Andado before we started, had lunch & got fuel at Finke and an icecream stop at Maryvale. Got to the Pillar in time for the sunset - just.

The day before we did Dalhousie to Old Andado via Mt Dare comfortable and taking it easy.

Max
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Follow Up By: heffo - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:31

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:31
Thanks Max
what time did you leave Old Andado ?
how long did it take you to get there from Dalhousie?
Heffo
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Follow Up By: Max - Sydney - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:59

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 20:59
Heffo

Have got out my diary, so here's the record not just memory! It was July not September for example!

Leave Dalhousie Camp Site - 9 00 am
Mt Dare - arr 11 00 am
Arr Old Andado - 4 10 pm

Leave Old Andado - 9 00 am
Finke - 11 00 am
Lunch at Engordina Siding - 12 55
Maryvale shop - 3 45 (we went across the property which we found after the trip is not permitted - should have kept north along the line till we met the Maryvale track)
Arr Chambers Pillar 6 00 pm after changing a tyre on the trailer on the way.

My diary says of the road from Maryvale to the Pillar "last 20 km to Chambers Pillar is genuine 4wd track - rocky ridges & steep, about 20 dunes. Pretty & fun."

Hope that helps
Max
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Reply By: heffo - Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 22:00

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 22:00
Thanks Max
That info is great hope i can repay the favour some day
Thanks Heffo
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Reply By: erekka - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 18:00

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 18:00
heffo,
We left Dalhousie a couple of weeks ago at 10.30am, arrived Mt Dare about 11.30 and after phaffing about for an hour left at 12.30. We arrived at Chambers Pillar just in time for sunset. So all-in-all about five and a half hours. We were driving a new Patrol - no camper trailer with 4 people and not overly loaded as it was just a short trip.
erekka
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Follow Up By: heffo - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:20

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:20
thanks for the info erekka
did you make any other stops on the way.
thanks heffo
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Follow Up By: erekka - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:50

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:50
heffo,
No we didn't really stop. Originally we were going to stop at Mt Dare but as we'd already spent a night down there we were keen to get to Chambers Pillar.

When are you plannin on going?

The Finke Desert race is coming up here very soon (long weekend in June I think?) and as a result the track may be worse in which case you would probably want to take it a bit slower and if you are coming through before the long weekend beware of bike riders who seem to be risking life and limb.

cheers erekka
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Reply By: kev.h - Monday, May 23, 2005 at 20:44

Monday, May 23, 2005 at 20:44
Heffo
just looked through July edition of Overlander Magazine and they have a feature on the trip you intend to do worth a look!
have a good one Kev
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Follow Up By: heffo - Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:22

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 21:22
thanks kev
a mate of mine has that mag. and ill have a read.
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:58

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 12:58
We went from Chambers to Dalhousie in a day easily. But agree we had a very good run along the old Ghan. We had 2 vehicles, each with 2 adults and 2 kids so needed regular stops.

I'd plan to do it in a day but prepare a back up plan if things get slow.

My website has some charts of the average speed and some photos. Follow the link from my profile below.

Enjoy your trip.

Gaz
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