Road conditions

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 14:22
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I am going to Kings Canyon and just wondering what the road from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon is like, I am not interested in too much off road driving.
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Reply By: Zippo - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 14:49

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 14:49
If you're referring to the northern approach to KC (Mereenie Loop), via Glen Helen Gorge there is around 160km unsealed (more via Hermannsburg). This varies from quite reasonable until the Mereenie gasfield turnoff, and from there to KC is gets quite corrugated. Obviously depends on the usual variables - when the grader last visited and immediate past weather.

It does save you quite a lot of kms though.
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Reply By: Terry - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:01

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:01
Thanks Zippo, the other way looks to be from Lasseter Hway on the way to Ayers Rock, have you done that trip.
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Reply By: Member - Len & Rhoda - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:42

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:42
Hi Terry

We travelled both roads back in January with a camper trailer in tow, the Merrinie Loop was fine, we passed plenty of 2wd cars travelling it. The other approach from the Lassiter is Bitumen all the way. If you go via the Merrinie Loop and are in a 4WD a great side trip is into Palm Valley, great camping in there as well.
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Reply By: Terry - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:51

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 15:51
I have a 4WD and be towing a caravan, duel axle 17ft , this road from Alice seems a quicker way to Kings an on to Ayers, thanks.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 17:12

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 17:12
It might be shorter but the longer way may be faster
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 19:07

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 19:07
The 160km of unsealed would be very unlikely to take longer than the bitumen route. That section took us 2 hours ....
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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 22:44

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 at 22:44
Hi Terry

From Google maps (times based on not towing) Alice Springs to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop is 322 kilometres and 5.5 hours.

Via good sealed roads (Stuart Highway, Lasseter Highway and Luritja Road) totals 471 kilometres with a time estimate of 5.8 hours.

As Google times are computer generated, they would not take into account the varying and often bad conditions on the Mereenie Loop. It is not "off road driving" as such, just another corrugated inland road. We engaged 4wd in sandy patches, but not needed for most of the road.

I consider it "a long short cut" i.e. less in kilometres, but depending on condition may be longer in time.
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