Shortcut between Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley

Submitted: Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 13:17
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Hi All,

I will be visiting Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley in July this year and heard there was a shortcut between the two that eliminates about 70km. I'm hoping to get some GPS co-ordinates of the short-cut turnoff from the Hugh River Stock Route and also the turn-off point to head east towards Rainbow valley.

If there is no GPS co-ordinates, then perhaps a good description of the turn-off point?

Thanks so much.
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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:27

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:27
Coming from Maryvale the turn off is simple - head north along the RHS of the Ghan rail track then turn east at the next major crossing of the track - about 10km up as I recall but we came the other direction. The treck notes have a good description. Ignore the "do not cross" sign.

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Follow Up By: Patrol_Driver - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:43

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:43
Thanks, I can see the Ghan track and the turnoff on my Rodinga map from natmap raster 250K. I just wanted to confirm that the 4WD track runs on the eastern side of the Ghan rail track and that it was possible to get across and head west at the intersection. Its much better getting confirmation from someone who has actually driven the track, so thank you again!
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:38

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:38
Peter

East????I think you mean West.

There used to be another shortcut. When coming back over the jump-up from Chambers turn left towards the fence line when you are on the flat. Turn right at the fence and then follow it to the cornerpost and then turn left(west). Follow this bush track through to rail corridor track. Turn right and then proceed along this way till the first crossing after you have crossed over the Hugh River Stockroute. Not sure if this track(from Chambers) is still accessible.
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Follow Up By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 22:35

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 22:35
Oops! had the map upside down.
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Reply By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:28

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 17:28
Have you checked out the exploroz Chambers Pillar trek notes .... that might be something like what you are looking for.
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Reply By: lindsay - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:25

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 18:25
I have been on that track that follows the fence to the rail line a few years ago, however there is now a sign that states it is private property and you are not allowed along there. There is a tour operator from Alice that uses the track. It used to be on one of the old Westprint maps, but is not on the new ones. When I went through I obtained permission fron Orange Creek station.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:09

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:09
When we were up that way in 2003 I tried to access that track it should be a great shortcut.

I got the phone number for the station and called them but the manager was in Alice at the time. I spoke to his father who was reasonably confident that fro a small fee the son would escort me across and give me a history lesson along the way. Unfortunately the son was not due back on the property until it was too late for us. I got the number from Erldunda road house. It would be good to call him before you left home to avoid the dissapointment we had.

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