Merenie Loop in April

Hi there,
I did this road few years ago with my lanscruiser and it was not too bad!
I will now take my kids and my wife in April this year and I was wondering if it is suitable for towing a camper trailer ...
My CT is not an hard core 4wd trailer, it what they call semi offroad.
Opinion please?
Thanks!
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Reply By: Zippo - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 21:26

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 21:26
Semi-offroad IME means bigger wheels and a bit more clearance.

The first bit over the range from King's Canyon out to the gasfield turn-off was pretty corrugated when we went though (in June 2014) but that was really a case of "drive-to-conditions". There is one pass through a ridgeline further east where it was a bit soggy, and if you were there after significant rain it might get slippery/sticky.

Go. Enjoy.
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Follow Up By: luca_ki - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56
Thanks Zippo!
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 22:10

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 22:10
We did it in July last year, with TVan behind the Hilux. Nothing difficult at all on the entire trip - certainly corrugations in places, but you could do it in a 2WD vehicle driven with care.
Apart from the better known locations, it's well worth taking the side trip in to Palm Valley before you reach Hermannsburg - you can unhitch your trailer in the designated camp area and then enjoy a bit of 4WDriving to reach the great circuit walk a few km further on.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 22:12

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 at 22:12
PS: You need to get a permit ($6 from memory) at the Kings Canyon resort office before making the trip
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Follow Up By: luca_ki - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56
Thanks Wildmax!
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 23:12

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 23:12
Check the permits page here for the latest. Michelle usually keeps up to date. Last time I updated my permits page it was

"A Mereenie Loop (between Hermannsburg and Kings Canyon) can now be obtained FREE from the CLC office in Alice Springs, otherwise the permit costs $5.00 per car to cover the cost of the brochure when purchased at the Alice Springs tourist office, and they allow a three day travel 'window' with the permit being purchased up to five days in advance. Permits can also be purchased from Hermannsburg Ntaria Store $10.00, Glen Helen Resort $5.00 and Kings Canyon Resort $5.50. Out of town outlets may not allow the same flexibility of travel times. This permit is not available on line. "

We purchased ours in 2008 from Glen Helen for something like $5.00 total and had a few travel days because we were going into Palm Valley for a few days, then to Kings Canyon. We met a couple who had come the other way and purchased at Kings Canyon Resort - $5 per person and only one day to travel. Apparently the re-sellers can add what ever mark up they like.

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 11:37

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 11:37
MH, we purchased at the KC servo in mid-2014 and it was $6 per VEHICLE, not a per-person cost. Maybe the couple got their story wrong.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 14:05

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 14:05
Just maybe at some stage in the ensuing six years, the staff member of the day had been told they were incorrect Zippo. I certainly passed the story on to CLC. I'm quite sure the couple were sincere about the conversation they'd had at Kings Canyon Resort only a few days prior, as they thought it was wrong too. They showed us their permit. More inconvenient than the cost was the fact they could only get it for the next day not ahead of time like we did, and for only one day's travel.





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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Monday, May 02, 2016 at 13:47

Monday, May 02, 2016 at 13:47
Just confirming I've contacted CLC and got the latest prices and details for the Mereenie Loop permit so this is now updated on the site. $2.50 if picked up in person from the CLC office in Alice Springs or $5 from the Alice Visitors Centre, $6 at Glen Helen, $6.50 from Hermannsburg, $5.50 from Kings Canyon.
No online permit option but yes you can nominate a window of travel.
My questions highlighted that their website was wrong and they said they'd fix it

EDIT: CLC have confirmed that their website is wrong. The permit is not $2.20 if picked up in person it is free. I have changed our webpages again just a moment ago to reflect this but their webpage has not yet been updated.
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Reply By: Member - Bookleaf - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:55

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:55
A couple of years ago I did the loop in June. I was in a Subaru Forester towing our camper trailer (manufacturer calls it a "heavy duty on-road") and our companion was in a 2WD Territory towing a standard 18' van.
No problems at all. Road was quite smooth. Road works on the northern end had us in the bypass track for some Km but it was no trouble..
Friend was rather taken back a few weeks later when he was reading a few articles and realised where I had taken him but it was not unlike any other gravel road.
As said, drive to the conditions and all will be well. Just have to take your chances as to whether you travel before/after the grader has been through.
Permit to travel on the road required and needs to be carried with you. Available at Kings Creek Petrol Station and from similar places on the northern end (you will need to do some research if coming from the north)
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 16:27

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 16:27
When we did it a few years back, we got our permit from Glen Helen Gorge.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 16:46

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 16:46
The permit-issuing chick at the KC Shell servo said to us it had to be a 4WD, not an AWD and not a 2WD. Having parked the Forester out of sight, "Yeah, right, it is". Permit issued. Can't see their issue, it would have been fine in any roadworthy 2WD.
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Follow Up By: luca_ki - Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56

Monday, Feb 29, 2016 at 22:56
Thankyou Baz and Zippo!
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 21:54

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 21:54
When we went through there in 2010, there were a few "locals" driving through in Ford Falcons.

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 22:21

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 22:21
Stu, as you've probably noticed that's the same in MANY areas served by roads that are classified as "4WD only".
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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 22:28

Wednesday, Mar 02, 2016 at 22:28
Yup, I agree Zippo, although I went everywhere in a Holden 1 tonner years ago, mostly on dirt roads.
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