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The Larapinta Trail

Reception Office - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s premier bushwalking and trekking experiences. At 223km long and broken up into 12 amazing sections, this is the walk for people who enjoy the outdoors and encountering landscapes like no other.

With the exception of Standley Chasm and the Telegraph Station, the entire trail is located within the West Mac ranges and it is recommended that you will need a 4WD to access some part of the trail. How much or how little of the trail you complete is of course up to you but one of the best things about the trail is that it is free (with the exception of some camping fees here and there).


The Larapinta Trail encompasses the following sections:

  • Section 1: Trailhead: Telegraph Station
  • Section 1/2: Trailhead: Simpson’s Gap
  • Section 2/3: Trailhead: Jay Creek
  • Section 3/4: Trailhead: Standley Chasm
  • Section 4/5: Trailhead: Birthday Waterhole
  • Section: 5/6: Trailhead: Hugh Gorge
  • Section: 6/7: Trailhead: Ellery Creek Big Hole
  • Section 7/8:  Trailhead: Serpentine Gorge
  • Section 8/9:  Trailhead: Serpentine Chalet Dam
  • Section 9/10: Trailhead: Ormiston Gorge
  • Section 10/11: Trailhead: Finke River
  • Section 11/12: Trailhead: Redbank Gorge

There are mix of day walk options right through to extended walk options, all of them exposing you to some truly incredible sights. The best time to walk to the trail is from June – August (yep, right now!) so we suggest you start planning your trip.

Before heading out on the trail there are a number of things to keep in mind so we advise checking with the Tourism Central Australia. There is also a wealth of information available at the Larapinta Trail website – access it at

We look forward to welcoming you back from your amazing experience in the coming months.

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