Ochre played an important role in Aboriginal culture. It is still used for ceremonies and decoration, and was used in the preparation of medicines.
The Ochre Pits are located 111 km west of Alice Springs. The different colours in the soft-stoned and fragile cliffs are formed by the levels of iron oxide - the red contains more iron, the white has none. The colourful curves and swirls are excellent photographic subjects.
There's a 300 metre, 10 minute walk to the cliffs, or for the more energetic, a 3 hour walk to Inarlanga Pass - no camping here so I had to keep moving, no time for the longer walk.