The Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve is located 51 km east of Alice Springs on the Ross Highway (Hwy-8) in the East MacDonnell Ranges. It is a now vertical, dolomite rock outcropping from the Bitter Springs Formation, which was formed in salty lakes 800 million years ago. It is part of the Eastern Arrernte Perentie Dreaming track. A perentie is the world's fourth largest lizard and can get up to 2.5 meters long and weigh 20 kilograms. Corroboree Rock has a loop trail around it (15 min return), a picnic area and a dunny; however, camping is not allowed there. See also a videoclip from the viewing area, and a travelogue with the flowering plants that we saw there.
The East MacDonnell Ranges are not all one national park like the West MacDonnell Ranges. There are the Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park, Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve, Trephina Gorge Nature Park, and Arltunga Historical Reserve. Zyg and I took a day after the 2010 VT Meet in Alice Springs and either drove to or visited all of the above sites. We also went to the Ross River Resort, stopped at the Terry "Fish" Gill Memorial, and saw a wild camel. We did not make it to the Ruby Gap Nature Park or the N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park. From Alice Springs it is 7 km to Emily Gap, 15 km to Jessie Gap, 42 km to Corroboree Rock, 73 km to Trephina Gorge, 91 km to N'Dhala Gorge, and 110 km to Arltunga.