Mereeni Loop road

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 13:21
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hi all
just a quick question about Mereeni Loop , is it 2 way direction of travel or one way , one of the maps I found after a google search showed it one way
from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon,
cheers mechpete
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Reply By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 14:33

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 14:33
Two way. Pretty wide in places.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:40

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:40
It had some great home-grown speed advisories when I went through.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 15:16

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 15:16
is it true that you can,t get your permit for the loop early
has to be to day of travel
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 17:59

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 17:59
That's what the EO trek notes say. Seems a bit strange.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 23:56

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 23:56
Generally incorrect. It depends where you buy your permit. Prices and times given can vary. Hereunder the information I received from the Central Lands Council where the permit originates. While my prices may not be up to date as I last updated this two years ago, it has the basics which will remain the same.

"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."

In 2008 we purchased our permit from Glen Helen for $2.20, and I asked for and received a week's travel time frame as we were going to Palm Valley for a few days, then on to Kings Canyon. We met a couple who had travelled the opposite way, and purchased their permit at Kings Canyon Resort and were charged $5.50 per person and were told it could only be for the one day of travel and had to be purchased that morning. This had delayed their early start to the day.
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Reply By: Member - johntoyo - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:01

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:01
Traveled it two year ago from Kings Canyon where we got our permit. No issues and like any unsealed road at the time. Definitely go into Palm Valley which should not be missed.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:35

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 21:35
Yep, you just go in to buy the permit before you head in - we bought ours the day before, at the Kings Canyon resort office. Only $6 from memory.
And agree with the previous comments about Palm Valley; well worth the detour.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 23:17

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 23:17
Hi Pete

It is definitely a two way road, and signposted accordingly.


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Reply By: Member - Idler Margaret - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 21:24

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 21:24
you can travel either way, need a permit, get it from the following.

A permit is required to travel the Mereenie Loop and can be purchased from The Visitor Centre, Glen Helen Resort, Hermannsburg Petrol Station and Kings Canyon Resort.

Yes, an outback gem is Palm Valley, but you may need to let your tyres down and engage low range to cross the river and drive the rock ledges to the palm groves. Campground there is excellent, has solar showers, rangers are friendly and run a guided tour some days. Short interesting walks also good to do.
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