A permit is required to visit any Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory. The permit system helps to protect and preserve the privacy and culture of Aboriginal communities, look after the natural environment and keep visitors safe. In some cases, multiple permits are required when travelling one road that passes through more than one council region. You must carry your permit at all times when on Aboriginal land. 

Mereenie Loop

The Mereenie Loop is the unsealed section of the Red Centre Way located between Kings Canyon Resort and the Larapinta Drive / Namatjira Drive intersection. To drive on this road, you'll need a Mereenie Loop Permit

The permit costs $5.00 and is valid for 3 days from the date of purchase. You must obtain your Mereenie Loop Permit in person from:

Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre
Crnr of Todd Mall and Parsons Street
Alice Springs, NT 0870
T: 08 8952 5800 or 1800 645 199
Opening hours: click here

Alternatively, you can also purchase a Mereenie Loop permit, for various prices, from Glen Helen Lodge, Hermannsburg General Store, Kings Canyon Resort reception, Kings Creek Station and the Alice Springs Central Lands Council.  


Other roads in Central Australia require permits.

Some roads require multiple permits, covering the NT and WA. Find our full permit factsheet below.




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