From Redbank Gorge we drove around to Kings Canyon via the Mereenie Loop. We had missed Kings Canyon on our 2010 trip so we decided it would be good to go this time even though it would require quite long drives with 150 km of corrugated dirt on the Mereenie loop then about 450 km back to Alice Springs the next day to be back in time for our appointment to have our hot water system fixed – it was rather shocking to be on a tight schedule again.
In addition to the warning signs there are 5 first aid stations with emergency phones, defibrillators and helipads. Also this rather interesting chart suggesting that you check the colour of you urine to make sure you are drinking enough
We spent the night at the King’s Canyon Resort. Definitely a place to avoid. It was the most expensive caravan park we have encountered: $40 for a patch of dust with no water or power and the bathrooms were filthy. I guess they take their guidance from the resort at Uluru, which also has a monopoly and has the dubious reputation of providing the worst value for money accommodation in Australia.
The following morning we dropped into Kathleen Springs, which is a beautiful spring fed waterhole about 20km east of Kings Canyon, then continued on the long drive back to Alice Springs.