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.
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.
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.