Picture Challenge #2

Challenge #1 was solved very quickly, so I thought I’d better put up another one — maybe a bit harder.

Can you tell us the name of this Outback icon, and where it’s located? Reply by leaving a comment.



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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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4 Responses to Picture Challenge #2

  1. Anne says:

    I reckon that must be Chamber’s Pillar in NT. Haven’t ever been to see it but that’s my guess.

  2. Kay Preston says:

    Chambers Pillar, south of Alice Springs

  3. dazzlerplus says:

    Anne and Kay, you’re both right! Well done.

    Chamber’s Pillar — aboriginal name Idracowra — is about 160 km south of Alice, via Maryvale Station. (On the way, you get the chance to visit the Ewaninga rock carvings — well worth while!)

    John McDouall Stuart was the first European to see the pillar in 1860, and named it after James Chambers, one of his sponsors. It’s about 50 metres high, and apparently the 350 million year old remnant of a sandstone peak.

    You’ll need a 4wd to get there, particularly the last few kms involving sand hills. Use extreme care and don’t spare the horn. There’s a pleasant camping area quite close to the pillar, and great photo opportunities, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

    Adventurous travellers may take the opportunity to continue south following the old Ghan railway line to Finke. However, do not attempt this on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June, since that’s when the Finke Desert Race takes place on this track, and you can observe some of the wildest “off road” driving you can imagine, as people actually drive from Alice to Finke in about one seventh of the time that I would take.

    Just before you get to Finke, you cross the Finke River — or at least you do if the river is dry, which it normally is. But even then, there is plenty of deep sand, which can make for challenging driving.

  4. Kate B says:

    awwwww I knew that one!!!!!

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