4wd Rental Alice Springs
Alice Springs is the gateway to two of Australia's most fascinating attractions - Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Every year tens of thousands of tourists flock to visit Alice Springs and hire a 4WD Camper or 4WD car and explore the many attractions in the region.
Rent a 4WD Camper or 4WD car in Alice Springs from Aussie Campervans and enjoy a few days of off-road driving in the Outback. You will have awesome fun exploring the area and we have listed a number of 4WD tracks and routes to enhance your Australian Outback experience.
Mereenie Loop (part of the Red Centre Way)
This is the 4WD (alternative) scenic route from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The drive will take you through Watarrka (Kings Caynon) via the Western MacDonnell Ranges.
This route avoids back tracking on the usual “Canyon and Rock” tour and it offers scenic terrain with views of desert oaks and river crossings and you will get to meet a number of native animals including brumbies, dingoes, camels and donkeys. The landscape is varied with bright rich colours of reds, oranges, browns and purples.
The loop is recommended for 4WD rental vehicles only as weather conditions and corrugated road conditions makes it impossible for standard 2WD vehicles. It is also subject to seasonal with flash flooding with access sometimes limited.
Spend a day or two and embark on a 4WD driving adventure out to Finke River. This is a challenging 4WD adventure between 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 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 4WD route is mostly sand driving so ensure sure 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 minimize the risk of getting stuck or cause erosion.
The campsite is at Boggy Hole approx. two hours (28.5km) from Hermannsburg. You will have great views from beneath the river red gums to permanent reed-fringed waterholes. Best time is at dawn as the sunlight peeps across the gorge and the pools are alive with birdlife.
Finke and Old Andado 4WD tracks
This 550km loop creep into the fringes of the Simpson Desert, staring 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.
Along the route in your 4wd rental in Alice Springs 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 where you will find interpretive boards on the history of this pioneering overland route.
After crossing through Finke you can join the Old Andado Track route that passes through a number of mountain ranges, desert sand dunes and floodplains. Truly a breathtaking experience that one do not expect to see in Central Australia with your 4wd rental in Alice Springs.