The Sheer Red Rock Walls of Standley Chasm in Central Australia

I love travelling by camperbus… or is it called a campervan, or even a motorhome?!

I’m not sure what the exact difference is?
(If you know do tell in the comments below!)
But the bit I love the most about travelling this way is when you feel a tad peckish, a tiny bit thirsty or even in need of an afternoon nap…
Pull over… and its all sorted 😉

Standley Chasm

After a magical few days visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta), we picked up our 5 berth motor-home in Alice Springs, pulled out of town and at the first opportunity pulled over for breakfast!

Campervan parked up by trees so we can enjoy some breakfast

Our ‘home’ for the week

Replenished, our first real stop for the day was to be Standley Chasm, just 50km to the west of Alice on Larapinta Drive.

The Way into Standley Chasm

It’s only a 20 minute walk into the chasm from the car park up a delightful path.

The path way that leads up to Standley Chasm

Starting out under classic eucalypts…

The beautiful bark of a Eucalyptus tree

The Eucalyptus trunks are a tree-huggers’ dream (3 guesses what I am!)

While the tree trunks satisfy the eye-level-eye-candy, the rocks underfoot satisfy the textural-underfoot-tactile-foot-candy.

Stunning rock formations underfoot on the walk up to see Standley Chasm

The Sheer Red Sides of Standley Chasm

After a little bit of clambering up a predominantly dry creek bed…

The path up to Standley Chasm weaves its way up a dry creekbed

Standley Chasm opened out before us.

Standley Chasm with a eucalypt tree trunk in the foreground

The Eucalypt helps to give it a little scale…

The contrasting colours of the red walls of Standley Chasm against the white eucalpt tree trunks

…and stunning colour contrasts.

The stunning red rocks of Standley Chasm seen against the white tree trunk of a eucalypt It’s an artist’s paradise…

So we sit ourselves down with sketch pads in hand, to take in the ambience and breath in the atmosphere.

Sitting down to sketch in Standley Chasm  
Looking down between the shear sides of Standley Chasm



And this is what I saw and felt…A pastel sketch of Standley Chasm

Red rugged rocky sides flaming up the perpendicular chasm walls…

A person standing against the red walls of Standley Chasm looking up to the sun as it comes into view through the narrow aperture above

 …to the blue sky above

where the sun at midday penetrates the close chasm walls and simultaneously lights up both sides as it passes overhead.

Looking up at the narrow space overhead when standing in Standley Chasm, in the Red Centre Australia

Wild-flowers and grasses cling on perilously to survive in the dry craggy crevices.

Wild flowers Standly Chasm


Long-Nosed Dragon

Returning back down the path we see amongst the leaf litter a Long-Nosed Dragon

The rugged Red Centre seen here near the path to Standley Chasm

Also known as the ‘Ta-Taa’ lizard as when scurrying off they’ll often stop momentarily and lift a front leg, appearing to wave goodbye… ta-ta 😉

The Ta-Ta Lizard seen at Standley Chasm

It’s particularly long nose, as well as a long tail, help it balance when running at high speed. (Official name: Lophognathus longirostris)

So first stop of the day in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm is plotted

Pictorial map showing the location of Standley Chasm, near Alice Springs

 …& the route dotted on my pictorial map of Central Australia🙂

If you want one to record your trip to the Red centre you can buy a Central Australia Map Journal during your visit to Standley Chasm at the Kiosk there –
Don’t forget to ask!

Or, if you missed the opportunity ~



Next stop, 80 km (1.5 hours) to the Ochre Pits

Have you visited Standley Chasm? Or is it still on the ‘To Do’?

Do share in the comments below


18 thoughts on “The Sheer Red Rock Walls of Standley Chasm in Central Australia

  1. That’s a lot of driving Linda, which must have been exciting. I love driving, particularly in the Aussie outback.

    Great photo journal Linda, incredibly inspiring.

    Thanks for this.

  2. Good morning!!!! just looked on facebook and seen this amazing site, brilliant – why didn’t I get there when I visited?? Reason to visit again. Jen xxx

    • Australia is such a vast and varied land!
      So much to see, but generally such huge distances to cover between ‘attractions’ –

      One has to either flit like a butterfly between a few prominent spots, or focus on a region –
      The Red Centre is a perfect area for ‘focus’ as there’re so many beautiful, and diverse, landscapes to enjoy –

      Look forward to seeing you down under again so we can further explore 🙂

  3. Yes, the Red Centre is such a great place to discover. You go there thinking that it’s a dry, empty place and when you’re back you just can’t stop telling everyone about it. But words are not enough to describe the greatness of the landscape and the bright colours that surround you. That’s why you need the pictures. And you’ve captured great ones, Linda.

    We booked a hotel for a week in Alice Springs and travelled around, going down to Uluru, then Finke Gorge, Kalaranga lookout, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge. Every day was another revelation with so many stunning, incredible spots to explore.

    The only thing we missed was the Kings’ Canyon. I think we missed it on purpose. To go back for more.
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    • Ooooo – You managed to cover quite a bit of ground… but funny that there’s still an elusive bit lurking 😉
      Like you, I still have to return to see Kings Canyon!

    • I’m beginning to think a camperbus is more like a VW van that’s been converted to do no more than cramp-ly camp in it, whereas a motor home is more designed, as you say, to be a home on wheels like a caravan, but with a motor? LOL

      The Red Centre has some great photo opportunities. doesn’t it 😉

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