Corroboree Rock Conservation
Rock Conservation Reserve is about an hour's easy drive
from Alice Springs. Corroboree Rock is an outstanding
dark grey column of dolomite. It is of great importance
to the Aboriginal people of the region.
The rock itself is an outcrop of dolomite from the
Bitter Springs Formation originally laid down in salty
lakes 800 million years ago.
Dolomite is a soft sedimentary fine grained rock. It
is very similar to limestone except magnesium carbonate
is the dominant compound rather than calcium carbonate.
At the base of the rock you can see dark grey and light
grey streaky blobs of 'dalmation rock'. A ring of low
ground surrounding the rock makes it look like an obelisk.
Corroboree Rock was probably used as an important
storage site for ceremonial objects by the Eastern Arrernte
Aboriginal people. It is doubtful that it was ever used
as a corroboree site, due to the lack of water in the
to Get There
Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve is 42km east of
Alice Springs along a sealed road.
The Park is accessible all year round
A short walk leads visitors from the carpark to the
'windows on the rocks' and around the base of the formation.
This Conservation Reserve has walking tracks, a picnic
area and toilets.
Please remember that camping is not allowed here.