Chambers Pillar, Alice Springs

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Chambers Pillar is a sandstone formation some 160 km south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Erosion by wind and rain has left an isolated pillar of 350-million-year-old sandstone, rising 50 metres above the surrounding plain. The rock formation and the surrounding area of 340 hectares, or 3.4sqkm, are officially named the Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve.John McDouall Stuart was the first European to see Chambers Pillar, reaching the site in April 1860, and naming it after James Chambers, one of his South Australian sponsors. During the subsequent years numerous visitors have added graffiti by carving names in the soft sandstone at the base of the pillar.Chambers Pillar is reached via the unsealed Old South Road from Alice Springs to Maryvale Station. A 4WD vehicle is required after the Maryvale turnoff to Chambers Pillar. Drivers will encounter deep sand drifts and steep jump ups, as well as rolling sandy hills with limited sight lines and the deeply corrugated surfaces typical of Australian outback roads.
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Where to stay in Alice Springs

Due to its remote location in arid Central Australia, Alice Springs often surprises visitors with its diverse selection of comfortable and affordable lodgings. The city's hostels serve as the most economical option, with many providing free pickup from the airport. For just a bit more, you can stay at one of the area's motels, providing rooms with views of the McDonnell Ranges, free Wi-Fi, secure off-road parking, and access to private barbecue facilities. Otherwise, check into one of Alice Springs' hotels for a country-club vibe and even more amenities.
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  • From Alice Springs it is approx 180 kms on a good but dirt and sand road. (approx 2.5 hours). On your travel, take care of dips and crests and of course bull-dust, however, they tell you to use four w...  more »
  • My partner and I decided to visit Chambers Pillar due to the influx of Master's Games Participants, hoping that it might be a quiet time to visit. We were right; we were the only ones at the Pillar. T...  more »
  • It's years since my first visit , I remember looking down that steep rutted dirt road and thinking ....am I really going down there and once I do will I ever get up again , one of the joys of 4 wheel ...  more »