Chambers Pillar, Alice Springs

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Chambers Pillar is a sandstone formation some 160km 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 50m 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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  • Drove out to Chambers Pillar from Alice Springs on a 4WD vehicle, about 140km south of Alice, a cracking drive through stunning Outback scenery. From Maryvale, you definitely need a 4WD but it's great...  more »
  • This reserve is quite a distance from Alice Springs, but has a basic campground at a modest fee. We found that the sunset was far more beautiful than the sun rise. A lovely quiet place to camp, but mu...  more »
  • We had a nice drive out to the pillar and had a good look around I do recommend staying out there for the night to really enjoy the area fully  more »
  • Amazing scenery and well worth the drive in. Campground is nice and facilities are good. Please do not be tempted to carve your name along side those of the explorers.
  • A special place that normally has few visitors. Excellent camping facilities (no showers).
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