Uluru to Alice Springs

Submitted: Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 09:45
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Hi All,

We are heading to the Kimberley via Uluru from Adelaide in June/July and have a quick question.

Planning on spending a couple of nights at Uluru and to avoid back tracking I thought we would spend a night at Kings Canyon before heading onto Alice Springs. Are there any free camp spots in there or is the Kings Canyon campground the only option?

Also is The Red Centre Way suitable for an off-road camper trailer? That's the way we are thinking of heading into Alice Springs from Kings Canyon.

Regards, Lloyd
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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19
You might be able to find yourself a spot along the road there Weavey. Road in through the Western Macs is well maintained. You shouldn't ahve any issues with your camper trailer. Usual precautions re tyre pressure and speed on dirt roads apply.

These blogs cover the area and include a possible camp area for you just north of Kings Canyon;

Kings Canyon and the Vale of Tempe

The Western Macs to Alice



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Follow Up By: Weavey72 - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:52

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:52
Cheers Mick,

Thanks for the info.

Lloyd
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Follow Up By: Lloyd W1 - Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 20:32

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 20:32
Hi Mick,

Your blog is a great read thanks, you wouldn't happen to have the GPS co-ordinates of where you camped (or at least the turn off) would you? I could then set it as a waypoint on my Hema.

Cheers, Lloyd
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 21:06

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 21:06
Lloyd, here you are.

Turn-off from Larapinta Drive - 24° 3'36.94"S 131°24'3.31"E

Camp a few hundred metres in - 24° 3'23.12"S 131°23'45.30"E


Put either of these into google earth and you’ll find the spot. Appears to be a turn around for the road crews immediately by the road but you’ll see the track continue in if you look for it. The track is no longer as pronounced as it appears on Google earth (which is a good thing).

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 00:36

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 00:36
Lloyd, there is an alternate commercial park at Kings Creek which is 32 km before the canyon turn-off. A lot of people prefer that to the resort camp-ground, it has a more bush feel about it. There isa roadside rest area here - -24 46 21, 132 18 24 - about 20 km S of the Earnest Giles road intersection but that's about 110 km from the canyon turn off.

There is a good web site for the Red Centre Way
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Follow Up By: The Bunyip - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 15:36

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 15:36
Agree 100%. We were there back in 1998 not long after the Kings Canyon Resort opened. Not sure if it's changed but everything including fuel was very expensive. So much so we headed back to Kings Creek Campground where it was pretty laid back with friendly staff & basic amenities. In those days there was a fire on the outisde of the shower block which warmed the water. Different but highly effective.
From memory it was a short 15-20 minute drive to the Kings Canyon Car Park.
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