Begin your day relaxing at nearby Ormiston Gorge, a tranquil spot known for its ghost gum trees and waterhole carpeted in white sand. The gorge site has stunning bushwalks – notably the five hour Ormiston Pound Walk. For a shorter option, follow the 20 minute Ghost Gum Lookout trail, which offers views over the gorge. Stock up with lunch or car snacks from the gorge's kiosk and return to your car, which you'll need engage in 4WD mode from here. The winding Mereenie Loop, which runs from the West Macs to Kings Canyon, will be the slowest stretch of road you’ll travel. It's only 225 kilometres (140 miles) long but the drive takes about 4 1/2 hours (alternatively, turn your 2WD around and follow the Lasseter Highway to Kings Canyon; note that this will take about 7 1/2 hours). If you take the Mereenie Loop, stop to gaze at Tnorala (Gosse Bluff), a 20 kilometre (12 mile) wide comet crater thought to date back 140 million years. This area holds special significance to the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people, who believe the crater formed when women dancing across the Milky Way dropped a baby, who fell to the earth. Once you reach Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, pitch a tent or bed down in a hotel room at Kings Canyon Resort, the closest accommodation.