Chambers Pillar to Rainbow Valley

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Hi Everyone, is it possible to drive from Chambers Pillars to Rainbow Valley across through Hugh River. We are heading that way in July. Can anyone tell me what to expect in the road conditions please? Thank all in anticipation of your replies. Safe travels to you all. Greg & Di
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:18

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:18
The Hugh River Stock Route is likely to be 10 times as good as the Old South Road.
Just don't get lost crossing the railway line :-)

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:21

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:21
Actually, there is a short cut too that some tour operators use, but it is private property and you would need permission...

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Follow Up By: Greg & Dianne - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:34

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:34
Thank you Peter, i take it that the Old South Road is the track to Chambers Pillar. And where would the short cut be if you wouldn't mind parting with this info. Thanks Heaps Greg & Di
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:46

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:46
Which ever way you go is via Maryvale and Titjkala (where there used to be a nice gallery) on the Old South Road and then the road to the Pillar from there.
The short cut goes from near the rail crossing on the Stock Route to near Rainbow Valley (not sure exactly where) and avoids going back to the Stuart Highway.
Never used it though, 'cos have not had permission.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:48

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 17:48
Sorry, I keep describing the route as if travelling FROM Rainbow Valley...

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:35

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:35
Hi Greg and Dianne,

My understanding is that in practice the answer is no. Had a look around for a track across a few years ago and couldn't find a way past the signs warning against going onto railway property.
Hugh River Stock route then was in good condition, road in to Chambers Pillar reasonable with a few corrugations, road into rainbow Valley very corrugated - but it will change each season.

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Reply By: Kris and Kev - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:56

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 18:56
We went that way in July last year and the road was in very good condition. We also took the track through the Owen Springs Reserve on the way back to Alice Springs and that was a brilliant drive with some great places to camp.
The below photos are, where we stopped for lunch on the river bed, under the railway bridge, and the road beside the railway and the railway that you cross.
Then some photos of the Owen Springs track.











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Follow Up By: Greg & Dianne - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 19:22

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 19:22
Thank you. We weren't going to do Owen springs as we had heard that it's too rough, we have off road caravan. Appreciate your thoughts. Did you go allthe way through the Owen Spring track. Thanks Greg & Dianne
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Follow Up By: Kris and Kev - Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 20:57

Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 at 20:57
Yes, we went all of the way and when we did it the track was fine, but that was towing a camper trailer. Not sure about a caravan, but nowhere did we have any thoughts of the track being difficult and I can not recall if there were any narrow places. You do drive along a dry river bed for a few k's and maybe that could be a problem. If you are staying in Alice Springs for a while it could be worth a drive without your van. It is not that far. Kevin
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 17:59

Monday, Jan 14, 2013 at 17:59
We to, were there in late July, another GEM in the center as is Rainbow Valley. If you are worried about the van you can always enter from the southern end after leaving R Valley, and camp at the first set of water holes and then day trip along the track and back to your camp, it's quite easy driving. Just don't miss it, its delightful country and quite historic as well. Enjoy your trip.

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