Mac and Rose Chalmers Conservation Reserve

Free Camping - Northern Territory


Tower Rock, once part of the MacDonald Downs pastoral lease, protects a diverse range of plants and animals. It includes striking granite rock formations within the Burt Plain bioregion. 

The conservation reserve also protects the grave sites of Mac and Rose Chalmers, who the reserve is named after. Their family, including son Charlie Chalmers who signed the conservation covenant, have a deep association with the area. This began when Charlie's grandparents arrived in 1923 to run sheep on the property.

This scenic reserve has fantastic bush camping and is a chance to break away from the crowds. There are some outstanding informal walking opportunities, including the chance to climb the granite boulders and survey the surrounding landscape.

The conservation reserve has basic bush camping with minimal facilities. The designated camping area has existing fire pits and a bush toilet.  Campers need to be self-sufficient and well-equipped.

There are plenty of photo opportunities, particularly when the rocks turn a brilliant orange at sunrise and sunset.

At this stage there are no formed walking tracks, however, three suggested walking choices are marked on the fact sheet map and on signage in the reserve.

This reserve is privately managed. For all enquiries use the contact details below.

When visiting the reserve, remember all of the following:

  • bring your own drinking water and firewood, as there is no drinking water and you are not permitted to collect firewood in the reserve - you can collect firewood on nearby Mt Swan
  • tell a reliable person of your travel plans, including your intended return time
  • fuel is available at Red Gum Store - opening hours and availability vary
  • close the gates behind you
  • pets are permitted and must be on a lead at all times.
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