Mereenie Loop (Permit Required)

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Unsealed section of the Red Centre Way located between between the West Macdonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon. The Mereenie Loop Road is an unsealed road for 197km of 337km, a 4WD is required. To drive on this road, you'll need a Mereenie Loop Permit. The permit costs $5.00 and is valid for 3 days from the date of purchase. You must obtain your Mereenie Loop Permit in person from: Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre Corner of Todd Mall and Parsons Street Alice Springs, NT 0870 T: 08 8952 5800 or 1800 645 199 E: Alternatively, you can also purchase a Mereenie Loop permit, for various prices, from Glen Helen Lodge, Hermannsburg General Store, Kings Canyon Resort reception, Kings Creek Station and the Alice Springs Central Lands Council. Road transit permits are also required to access Papunya, the Gary Junction Road, and Tjukururu Road. To ask our consultants for more information, visit the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre or call 1800 645 199. Leave review of the road so that people can have the most up to date information on road conditions. Update 21/04/21 Hasn't been graded in over 18 months some harsh corigation leading to washouts and some stretches of 20km speeds due to the roughness.

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Lat: -23.896416 Lng: 131.829552

User Reviews



Drove this 28/4/22 with 4x4 and camper trailer. Dropped tyres pressures to 30psi. The first section has quite a few washouts mostly on the crests so you don't see them until you on top of them (we came kings canyon way north and they were mostly on the left). We sat on about 80 in between. Although at first look the road isn't too bad it's the corrugations that will get you. We saw 2 caravans on the way but to be honest we wouldn't take a van this way at this point in time.


User 2900407

Went through the other day kings canyon to glen Helen We tow a 20'6 off-road van Sat on around 60-70 the whole way a few dips and wash outs but no issues wouldn't say it rough Take your time


Movin with Mango

Spoke to a few travellers who used this route - all had 4WD but no trailer and said it wasn't too bad. Took us about 2hrs to complete with our off-road camper. Dropped our tyre pressure to 28psi. Managed to travel at 80km most of the way, dropping speeds as required. Definitely a bit of wear and tear on the nuts and bolts but just took it slowly and admired the surroundings.


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