Chambers Pillar or Old Andado

Submitted: Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:37
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We are travelling from Alice Springs to Dalhousie Springs to cross the Simpson Desert and was wanting advice on whether we should do the old Andado route or Chambers Pillar & Lambert Centre.

We plan to camp before Old Andado or Chambers pillar and are a family travelling in a landcruiser with girls aged 13 and 11.

I was wondering if we would get plently of the old andado scenery when we cross the simpson?
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:47

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:47
It takes a full day to drive from Alice to Old Andado. IMO, its a great drive, and gives you a great sense of being out in the desert, as you drive with dunes each side. And call in to the Mac Clark Acacia Peuce reserve. Likewise, the trip from Andado to Mt Dare is a beauty, as you drive trough the Finke as it spreads out into the desert.

If you decide on the Finke Road, consider staying a night at Eringa Waterhole, south of New Crown station.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:21

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 13:21
I agree with Phil. Another vote for the Old Andado route.
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Reply By: DesF - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:30

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:30
Hi Have done both trips & Simpson ( in Subaru), we went from Alice to Mt Dare in a day ( easy).a few years ago, the trip down is nothing like the Simpson really, as you travell between the dunes, and last year we went to Finke and then we camped at Chambers Pillar , great camping spot ( Loo's & BBQ's),
also Eringa water hole , bit south if you are going aross the Simpson.( camped on the way up) was full ( usually), great camping spot.
Cheers Des.
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:41

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 14:41

Chambers Pillar is certainly worth the visit, as is travelling the Old Ghan route and then crossing the Finke bed and then the theh wa heeyy hjheeayy he hmmmmm ddd t t t t track to the Lambert Centre. This section alone should sort out your set up to some extent, esp if you are towing.

If you had time, I would suggest this, then tootle across to Old Andado and follow the washout track via Mayfield Bore, to Mt Dare. Here you sort out any other issues the last few days gave you before you head into the Simpson.
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 16:43

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 16:43
Finke Track is bumpy and reasonably unexciting except for the run into Chambers Pillar

Old Andado Track had bulldust holes a metre plus deep last year for at least 100km. More scenic with hills on either side. Nothing much looks like the Simpson along the track apart from the odd sand dune. Mac Clark Reserve is interesting and so is Old Andado Homestead and you can walk around inside the building.

Lambert Centre equally unexciting but one has to go there to say you've been there....LOL


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