Around The Alice

Make Alice Springs your base to visit the stunning outback of central Australia, travelling to the north, south, east and west. Check out Tours to see who can take you on an experience of a lifetime or drive yourself in a modern comfortable Hire Car. Accommodation is available going north at Gemtree, west at Glen Helen and Wallace Rockhole, and to the south at Kings Creek Station.

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Mereenie Loop
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 4x4 as weather conditions make the road conditions difficult for standard vehicles. Fuel is available at Glen Helen, Hermannsburg, Kings Creek Station, Watarrka and Uluru. 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. Photo courtesy - Tourism NT.

Where do I purchase a Meerenie Loop Permit and how much is it?
The cost is $5.00.

Permits to be purchased in person.

Tourism Central Australia Visitor Information Centre
Gregory Terrace, Alice Springs
Phone: (08) 8952 5800
Open: Mon–Fri 8.00am-5.00pm; Sat-Sun and Public Holidays 9.00am-4.00pm

Glen Helen Resort
Namatjira Drive, Alice Springs
Phone: (08) 8956 7489
Open: Daily 7.00am–10.00pm

Hermannsburg Petrol Station
Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs
Phone: (08) 8956 7480
Open: Mon-Sat 8.30am-5.30pm; Sun 10.00am–5.30pm

Kings Canyon Resort
Watarrka National Park
Phone: (08) 8956 7442
Open: Daily 6.30am–9.30pm

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Road Report

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The railway from Adelaide reached Alice Springs in 1929. On January 2004, the first train (freight) rolled into Darwin completing the Adelaide / Alicesprings / Darwin rail connection.

Amazing Trivia

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