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Rainbow Valley Chambers Pillar Tours

1 day Rainbow Valley Chambers Pillar Tours

These Rainbow Valley Chambers Pillar tours from Alice Springs Central Australia Northern Territory are a special and rare opportunity small group 4WD tours that visit these 2 sacred places plus Ewaninga Aboriginal rock art, Maryvale Cattle Station and store for Titjikala Aboriginal community artworksThe 4 wheel drive tour travels through Simpson Desert sandhills, and rugged remote mountain ranges. 

Rainbow valley Chambers Pillar Tour
Rainbow Valley on the Chambers Pillar Tour

1 Day Rainbow Valley & Chambers Pillar 4WD Tours

Depart Alice Springs approximately 7am and travel by 4WD by the Old Ghan Railway track and the Overland Telegraph line toward the Simpson Desert. Enroute we visit the Ewaninga Aboriginal rock art carvings – an ancient Aboriginal ceremonial ground and rainmaking site.

Chambers Pillar tour
Chambers Pillar tour

Our route takes us via deserted Old Ghan Railway sidings & towns to Maryvale Cattle Station for morning tea.  This route is where the Afghan camel trains travelled to supply Alice Springs from Adelaide until 1929, when the “Old Ghan” railway was completed. The “Old Ghan” was replaced by a more western new Ghan line in 1980. At Maryvale community store, Aboriginal artworks from the neighboring “Titjikala” community are available to purchase.

Heading west we cross the Hugh River and arrive at a lookout on Charlotte Range where we can see the Simpson Desert and Chambers Pillar standing high in the distance – a great photo opportunity.

Over the sand hills we go, and as we approach Chambers Pillar it is like entering wonderland, as we are surrounded by ancient castle like structures that dominate the landscape. A beautiful shaded camp area is at Chambers Pillar nature reserve where we stop for lunch. Here you can walk around the pillar for those best photo angles, and climb the base of the pillar, as did the earliest explorers to this area. The harder sandstones of Chambers Pillar were formed when this region was under the ocean, and has enabled this outstanding form to survive in this harsh environment. The pillars first white visitor was explorer John McDouall Stuart in 1860, funded by James Chambers of Adelaide. Many early explorers inscribed their marks, and the pillar was an important landmark used by later explorers, including the builders of the Overland Telegraph Line.

Time now for Rainbow Valley via 4WD tracks, we cross the Hugh River again before Rainbow Valley for the late afternoon. Great photo shots here too, and easy walks and Aboriginal history.

Return to Alice Springs approx 6-7pm via the Stuart Highway, through rugged mountain landscapes, or to Uluru if part of extended tour.

Chambers Pillar Tour Aboriginal Rock Art   Chambers Pillar  Tour Walk  
Chambers Pillar Tour Aboriginal Rock Art Chambers Pillar Tour Walk

 

Includes

  • Professional guide/driver
  • Luxury 4WD vehicle
  • Parks entry fees
  • Delicious healthy Lunch
  • Morning & afternoon teas
  • Photo stops & photo tips for best shots
  • CBD hotel pickup and return
  • Small group  – usually 3-6 people.

Rates:

Cost per person is: AUD $297 – includes delicious lunch, morning tea, CBD hotel pickup & return, small group usually 3-6 people.

Regular departures March – October  – Tour Code RCP1

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