The ‘inner’ loop takes you through Hermannsburg along Larapinta Drive and offers a must-do side trip to Palm Valley.
However, if you’re returning to Alice, these can be done as a day trip later.
You’ll see the big Red Centre Way marker and a carpark for Flynn’s Grave Historical Reserve.
You’ll need to be prepared to travel long stretches of up to 200km without seeing anyone or perhaps only one or two other vehicles.
Also remember that there are no towns out there, so make sure you’re prepared with food, water, clothes and the minimum recommended outback travel gear BEFORE you leave Alice Springs or Uluru.
We recommend a 4WD for driving the Red Centre Way, but that’s for high clearance and comfort rather than tough, technical off-road driving.
Start/Finish: You can either begin or end in Alice Springs or Uluru Distance: 690km /428mi Time required: 5 days to do it comfortably and get the BEST value for money Recommended vehicle: 4WD – but we’ve seen plenty of 2WD campers and backpacker vans on this road in dry weather.
Caravan/Camper Trailer friendly: Yes, but recommended for OFF-ROAD models only (there’s lots of corrugations).This has a permanent waterhole but keep your bathers on, this one is not for swimming in.