Back way to Kings Canyon

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 16:16
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Hi all,
Giong to the red centre and want to take the back raod into Kings Canyon via Hermannburg. Wondering if anyone has any info for me. Will we need permits, road conditions Etc.

Thanks in adavance
Harry
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 16:27

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 16:27
Gday,
You can either go via Boggy Hole or Mereenie loop.
Whether or not you need a permit to use the Mereenie loop at the moment is debateable but you probably should.
No permits required to go through Boggy Hole though.
Both roads have been closed recently due to flooding but they should be open soon if they arent already. Just google Nt road reports.
I reckon the Mereenie loop roads is good but you do hear lots of people complaining about it.....just depends what your used to.
Boggy Hole follows the Finke river for a long way so its a fair amount of sand driving. You could tow a camper through it no worries put not a caravan. Definately 4wd though. A heaps nicer drive than the loop road.

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Hairy
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 23:35

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 23:35
Here's a couple of pictures of a flowing Kings Creek in 2005:

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Follow Up By: Member - Harry H (SA) - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 07:56

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 07:56
Oops forgot to mention we will be travelling with a 20 ft off road caravan.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 00:32

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 00:32
and some more a mate sent me....

That was an exciting day, I was there two years and I only saw the creek flow the once.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:14

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:14
Hi Harry

What rig do you have? Trailer?

The worst bit of the Mereenie Loop route is usually the first 20 kms or so as you head west from Hermannsberg, however depending on your rig, and the conditions on the day, Mereenie Loop is a route worth taking. We helped people who had broken a spring on their camper trailer about half way along - breakdowns such as this are not uncommon. The main part of the loop had been graded a week or two before we went we were told, but you'd never have known it.

It is really no different to any other well used inland NT road (eg Tanami, Great Central) and it depends on when graded, traffic load, rain etc. Don't waste your time asking the info centre in Alice Springs for an update - they will tell you DON'T GO it is in terrible condition, and describe something just about impossible to negotiate. One caravanner was even told to go via Boggy Hole instead - not one to take a mid range caravan on.

Mereenie Loop pass can be purchased for a very small fee at several places including Hermannsberg (road house i think). It includes a small information leaflet.

Palm Valley is worth driving in to and spending a couple of days or so.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael John T (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 23:15

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 23:15
Palm Valley is definitly worth a stay and make sure you do the main walks and not just up the valley. Ps take in your own firewood.

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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 07:41

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 07:41
Found it interesting that they charge $2.50 for the Merreenie Loop permit from the Alive Springs end and $5.00 from the Kings Canyon end.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 12:45

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 12:45
I think we paid $2.20 at Glen Helen covering two of us and a span of a week. We met people who had paid $5.50 per person per day at Kings Canyon.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 14:01

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 14:01
Hi Harry

What sort of 'off road' caravan? There is a huge variety of manufacturers who use the term in very different ways. Have you done other inland corrugated roads with your rig?

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Follow Up By: Member - Harry H (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 08:56

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 08:56
hi Motherhen,
We have an Roadstar 19 ft off road Tango, have taken it on the Yunta road to Arkaroola it behaved well, have recently had the brakes upgraded and bearings serviced. We will be taking it slow.

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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 15:24

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 15:24
Harry,

Should have mentioned that the Bourke Outback Trek did the Mereenie Loop last October. Eighty vehicles from 2WD drive Fairlane 500's and camapervans to 4WD's towing all sorts of trailers including a couple of A vans. Few punctured tyres only from memory. We towed a lightweight camper without any dramas.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 16:36

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 16:36
Harry

You can get permits from store at Hermansburg.

Mereenie Loop......... (spelling)

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:21

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:21
You will do one of two things if you take the loop rd , that is laugh or cry ,, laugh at the signs stating " please respect our land " and you will cry at the mounds of rubbish consisting of empty green cans either side of Hermannsburg.
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