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Mereenie Loop Road

From Alice Springs to King Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8952 5800
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No 4WD-No Drive

I will admit, I was nervous about this drive. I had hired a Rav 4 and had read a lot of reviews... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Madbenjoel
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Melbourne
Driver beware but beautiful

This is the “best” way from King’s Canyon to Alice Springs because it allows you to stop in some of... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2018
Welovetheroad
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New York
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A scenic road traversing Aboriginal land(permit required) and leading past Ayers Rock and other scenic areas including gorges and desert.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“glen helen” (6 reviews)
“an adventure” (3 reviews)
“ellery creek” (3 reviews)
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From Alice Springs to King Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I will admit, I was nervous about this drive. I had hired a Rav 4 and had read a lot of reviews. Part of me wanted to experience the real outback but after 4 hours of bone crunching driving we made it to the beautiful...More

Thank Madbenjoel
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is the “best” way from King’s Canyon to Alice Springs because it allows you to stop in some of sites along the Larapinta Trail. We took the Namatjira Drive once we hit pavement, enjoying lunch at Glen Helen (though the owners sadly lost their...More

4  Thank Welovetheroad
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Drove the Mereenie Loop in early March, from Alice Springs to Kings Creek station, a great day's driving through some beautiful countryside. Road conditions were absolutely fine and easy for an inexperienced 4WD driver like me... sure, plenty of corrugations and dips but nothing technical...More

1  Thank IanCowieson
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Found the drive to be fine 4WD, towing off road camper trailer at about 90 most of the way, spec tackler views along the way, If you drive to conditions on the road you wont have any problems, seen wild camels, dingoes, and wild horses....More

Thank worsey2014
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Travelled the road in 4 wd. Found it to be ok if driving at a reasonable speed. Much better to do a round trip to Alice Springs from Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock than than the long trip via Stuart Highway.

Thank Robyn E
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

As of today 16/09/2017 I can report that the road is in relatively poor condition. I'm guessing its been some time since a grader has been through. The road is doable in a 4WD/AWD if tackled at speeds of between 60-80kph with reduced tyre pressure....More

1  Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

You don't need a really big 4x4, our rental RAV4 did the trick. We were headed to Kings Canyon from Alice Springs. Having spent the previous week in the West McDonnell Ranges, we took the route through Hermannsburg. The old mission station makes a really...More

Thank penpad
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

Did the Mereenie Outer Loop in 4Wd but towing an on road tradie trailer decked out as a camper got through with no issues, though the corrugations in patches slowed us to 20-30 kmh. Most of the trip was done at 70kmh and few bits...More

Thank 113wanderers
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

A fun drive and a bit of an adventure. I’d expected more from the scenery on the loop itself but it turned out that the scenery on Larapinta road was a lot better than the loop. Quite a lot of traffic too. The road when...More

Thank dgjohansson
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We were told that this road was horrible to drive, but don't be scared off by hotel staff. It is fine to drive even when not graded as we did this week. You just need to go slow in parts with slippery sand. The road...More

5  Thank Sophie P
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Stan K
December 27, 2017|
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Response from Fozzybronze | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of basic camping areas Alice side of the loop, as well as the one at Ginty's Lookout to the south (Kings Canyon side) but on the stretch you need a permit for (and that bit isn't a major portion of the... More
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Tong P
September 13, 2017|
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Response from Fozzybronze | Reviewed this property |
Hi Tong. It took me 61/2 hours from Alice to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop. ...so about 4 hours of that was from Glen Helen
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