Mereenie Loop Road
The unsealed Mereenie Loop Road lets you travel directly from Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) to the West MacDonnell Ranges - or the other way round - without backtracking.
It is a lovely drive through some beautiful desert country, certainly more appealing than the much longer detour along the sealed highway.
The Mereenie Loop Road takes you through Aboriginal country, so we will need a permit and we are not allowed to do anything here. Can't leave the road, can't park and go walking, no picnicking, no camping, no nothing.
The only place where we are allowed to pull up is the official "Jump-up" Lookout and rest area, not far north of the Watarrka National Park border.