17 Aug Memorable Roundtrip: Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Back
Are you planning a round trip from Alice Springs to Uluru?
The Northern Territory road trip between Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock) is regarded as an essential Australian outback experience. A diverse range of experiences are available along the route, ranging from the awesome spectacle of Uluru, thermal hot springs and amazing National Parks. Here are some Tips to ease your way.
Mereenie Loop Road
If you are travelling west from Alice Springs, the unsealed dirt road called ‘Mereenie Loop Road’ links the West MacDonnell Ranges of central Australia with Hermannsburg, also Palm Valley and Glen Helen with the Watarrka National Park and offers an a true outback scenic route for self drive four wheel drive rentals and 4wd camper hire from Alice Springs.
The Mereenie Loop provides for an alternative scenic route from Alice Springs to Watarrka (Kings Caynon) and Uluru (Ayers Rock) via the Western Macs. The loop is recommended for 4×4 vehicles as weather conditions make the road conditions difficult for standard vehicles.
Fuel is available at Glen Helen, Hermannsburg, Kings Creek Station, Ayers Rock Resort. SEE MAP HERE >
The Mereenie Loop Road is an unsealed road for 197km of 337km, a 4WD is required. This drive is one that memories are made off and photo’s will fill your home with.
The condition of Mereenie Loop Road surface is dirt and unsealed is seasonal with flash flooding with access sometimes limited due to weather and traffic. Caravans, 2wd cars vehicles and 2wd trailers are not recommended. A 4wd vehicle is essential for self drive hires travelling to Palm Valley and Gosse Bluff from Alice Springs. Note: Many have attempted the road with a normal 2wd car and succeeded; Its far from a 4wd track; 4wd would be a life saver in the event you get stuck, But that rarely happens. If you decided to go the Loop from Alice to Kings Canyon, You could very well do it
It is also advisable to contact the Police to obtain current conditions and information on road before commencing.
Alice Springs NT to Uluru, Ayers Rock route takes approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a world-class visitor destination and a key part of Australia’s iconic Red Centre. This living cultural landscape is the physical and metaphoric heart of Australia, and was one of the first areas to be identified as a National Landscape.
We pay the respect to traditional owners. The traditional land owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, are direct descendants of the beings who created our lands during the Tjukurpa (Creation Time). They have always been here. They call themselves with ‘Anangu’, and would like you to use that term.
Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area.
It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site. The local Pitjantjatjara people call the landmark Uluru . This word has no particular meaning in their dialect, also known as Pitjantjatjara, but it is also used as a local family name by the senior Traditional Owners of Uluru.
When you visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, you should ensure that you explore the Cultural Centre first. You will enjoy exploring the Park much more if you understand Anangu culture and this very special cultural and natural environment.
At the Cultural Centre you can get an introduction to Tjukurpa (law, knowledge, religion, philosophy), Anangu art, Anangu way of life (traditional and current), history, languages, wildlife and joint management of the Park.
- The Red Centre Way, 5 Day Intinerary
- Alice Springs to Glen Helen, 130 kms.
- Glen Helen to Kings Canyon, 260 kms.
- Kings Canyon to Uluru, 300 kms.
Continue experiencing Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
- Uluru to Alice Springs, 445 kms.
Highlights along the way include Glen Helen Gorge, the Gardner Range, Finke Gorge, Mount Connor and Palm Valley.
4WD is recommended on the Meerenie, although conventional cars have been known to survive the trip.
Our advice is to drive slow, very slow and enjoy the views.
Camping Rentals Alice Springs
Explore the West MacDonnell National Park at your own leisure. Hire one of our large 2WD or a 4WD together with our Camping equipment to experience the beauty of the outback in its most natural way.
You can stay at some of the Resorts or if you would like to camp, we can supply you with everything that you will need to experience Uluru (Ayers Rock ) Kata Tjuta ( The Olgas ) and Kings Canyon. Sleep in a swag under a 5 million star motel. You will love the experience. It is recommended that 3-5 days to explore the above as well as the majestic MacDonnell Ranges with its 350 metre high cliffs and beautiful water holes to go swimming in. We will provide maps as well and give you an itinerary to help you discover the jewel of Australia. Don’t forget to checkout our Explore Central Australia page to give a brief over-view of some of the sights along each route.