Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve NT - A suggested travel guide for both routes from Alice Springs to Chambers Pillar:
There are 2 routes and if a rental 4wd company allows you there it may be via one route only if the road is open, safe and passable on the day of pickup by the branch staff.
Route 1: Via Old South Road
Day 1: Alice Springs to Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
Start your journey by driving south from Alice Springs towards Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve. The reserve is known for its stunning rock formations, which are particularly impressive at sunrise and sunset. There's a campground where you can spend the night, with toilets and picnic facilities available.
Day 2: Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve to Chambers Pillar
From Rainbow Valley, continue south along the Stuart Highway and turn onto the Old South Road, which is an unsealed track that leads to Chambers Pillar. This route takes you through scenic desert landscapes, including sand dunes and rocky outcrops. Chambers Pillar is a unique rock formation that rises over 50 meters above the surrounding plains. You can explore the area on foot and take in the stunning views. There's a campground nearby where you can spend the night.
Route 2: Via Stuart Highway and Maryvale Road
Day 1: Alice Springs to Finke Gorge National Park
Begin your journey by driving south along the Stuart Highway towards Finke Gorge National Park. The park is known for its rugged gorges and scenic landscapes, and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. You can camp at the Finke Gorge campground, which has basic facilities such as toilets and fire pits.
Day 2: Finke Gorge National Park to Chambers Pillar
From Finke Gorge, continue south along the Stuart Highway and turn onto the Maryvale Road, which is an unsealed track that leads to Chambers Pillar. Along the way, you'll pass through red desert landscapes and scrubland, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. Chambers Pillar is a unique rock formation that rises over 50 meters above the surrounding plains. You can explore the area on foot and take in the stunning views. There's a campground nearby where you can spend the night.
Make sure your vehicle is equipped for remote travel, with a spare tire, water, and fuel.
Check weather conditions and road closures before you depart, as some roads may be closed during the rainy season.
Bring plenty of food and water, as there may not be many opportunities to purchase supplies along the way.
Respect the environment and local culture by leaving no trace and following any posted guidelines.
Make sure you have a map or GPS device, as mobile phone coverage may be limited in some areas.
Watch out for wildlife on the roads, especially at dawn and dusk.
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