mereenie loop & larapinta dr.

Submitted: Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:25
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just planning more of our holiday in sept. - whats better mereenie loop or larapinta dr.?? or is there somwhow we could do both......??as long as we get to simspons gap, Palm valley (finke river/gorge) and kings canyon and all that......

any places to miss??

Laura B
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Reply By: Laura B - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:26

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:26
forgot to add....we'll be coming from Alice - Ayres Rock......cheers...L'B
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:47

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:47
If you want to find out if your car has any rattles then travel the Ernest Giles Road, which connects Stuart Hwy and Luritja Rd , it was very corrugated when i travelled it but probably get graded for the tourist season
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:54

Monday, Mar 20, 2006 at 21:54
Hi Laura

Larapinta Drive is part of the Mereenie Loop.

I would suggest you go out on Namatjira Drive and visit all the gorges, Gosse Bluff and then make your way to Hermannsburg. Then do the Palm Valley run and then backtrack to take the Mereenie Loop to Kings Canyon and beyond

Don't miss anything out there!
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Follow Up By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:24

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:24
I agree with Willem.
One thing though, if you are planning to camp at Palm Valley get in early to set up camp. The place fills up real quick and the overflow camping area is nothing to rave about. We arrived at around 3.00pm and the place was already overflowing.

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Mark
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:41

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 08:41
The New 4wd Monthly has a good article on this trip.

Got it in the post yesterday.

I last did the trip in winter 2000 and it was fantastic. Make sure you see everything. I thought The Olgas were as good as the 'Rock'

The Kings Canyon is worth a night stop over and spend a full day looking around.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 09:06

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 09:06
When we were last there, we did the drive west out of Alice, then the loop.
First night near the end of the gorges, 2nd & 3rd night at Kings Canyon, 4th & 5th night at Palm valley, next few nights camping at the resort at Ularu. That was a quick trip. Then cut across to Chambers Pillar and did the east side of the highway back into Alice.
Did investigate doing the drive down the Finke River from Palm valley but didn't have time. Don't know if it is open any more.
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 18:10

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2006 at 18:10
Laura

Don't expect the Mereenie Loop to be any sort of aggressive 4WD trail - pleasant enough though.

Think about how much time you spend at Uluru - the camp site is big, crowded and expensive. Curtin Station is free, has some interesting things to do and only 86 km from the rock. If you leave KC early, spend two days and one night at Uluru and Olgas, have at least a night at Curtin Springs each ay, then go up to the Finke Gorge track to head back to Alice.

What ever you do you will love it!

Max
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