4WD Hire in Alice Springs
Alice Springs is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, which attracts millions of tourists each year. This beautiful town in located in the Northern Territory (between Darwin and Adelaide) and it remains the gateway to some of the most iconic attractions in the country such as the Uluru (which is also known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta.
Holiday-makers from all over the country visit this town to have a stunning 4WD experience. In fact, road trips are the best ways to explore the attractions in the Northern Territory because it has a vast percentage of arid land which offers amazing adventure to travellers.
You can hire a 4WD vehicle from Aussie Campervans to explore all the local attractions in Alice Springs and to take the advantages of off-road driving in the Australian Red Centre. You will have awesome fun exploring the area and we have listed a number of four wheel drive tracks and routes to enhance your Australian Outback experience.
Hire 4WD Camper to Follow Iconic Routes of Alice Springs
Mereenie Loop (part of the Red Centre Way)
This is the four wheel drive (alternative) scenic route from Alice Springs to Uluru. The drive will take you through Watarrka (Kings Canyon) via the Western MacDonnell Ranges.
This route offers scenic terrain with views of desert oaks and river crossings and you will get to see a number of native animals including brumbies, dingoes, camels and donkeys. The landscape is varied with the bright, rich colours of reds, oranges, browns and purples.
The route is recommended for four wheel drive rental vehicles only because of the difficult road and weather conditions. It means you should avoid travelling by your 2WD vehicle on this. This route is also subject to flash flooding so you need to take proper safety measures.
Spend a day or two and embark on a four wheel drive adventure out to Finke River. This is a challenging 4WD adventure between the Finke Gorge and Watarrka National Parks. The remoteness of this route makes planning and emergency contingencies essential. Follow the river from Hermannsburg down to the Ernest Giles Road and discover the stark gorge scenery and permanent waterholes. Please remember to check out the road conditions and continue to follow the signs posted for “Kings Canyon”.
The Finke River four-wheel drive route is all about sand driving so ensure your vehicle hubs are locked in and 4WD is engaged. We recommend you deflate your tyres to 30psi (200kpa) to increase their surface area and keep in the ruts to minimise the risk of getting stuck or cause erosion. If you want to take a rest, you will find a stunning campsite at Boggy Hole- which is approximately 28.5 km from Hermannsburg. You will have great views from beneath the river red gums to permanent reed-fringed water holes. The best time is at dawn as the sunlight peeps across the gorge and the pools look even more beautiful.
Finke and Old Andado 4WD tracks
This 550km route creeps into the fringes of the Simpson Desert, starting from Alice Springs’ airport and join to meet the community of Finke. From the airport, this Finke Track (also known as the Old Ghan Heritage Trail) follows the old railway route all the way past the township of Oodnadatta to Port Augusta in South Australia.
As the route unfolds, you will see the bushy foliage of desert oaks, Ewaninga Rock carvings, ruins of Rodinga sidings and if lucky you will also find camels (descendants of the original camel led by Afghan cameleers).
The best part of the route is between Rodinga to Finke where on the embankments of the actual railway you will find interpretive boards on the history of this pioneering overland route.
After crossing through Finke you can join the Old Andado Track that passes through a number of mountain ranges, desert sand dunes and floodplains. It will prove to be a truly breathtaking four wheel drive experience in Alice Springs. So, if you haven’t travelled to this region yet, make sure that you plan an exciting trip to Alice Springs soon.