Larapinta Trail
Arrernte Country

13 days, 15 days to 20 days

227.2 km
oneway

↑ 7755 m
↓ -7653 m

Very challenging
Starting from Herbert Heritage Drive, Stuart, this walk takes you to Redbank Gorge Day Use Area via the Larapinta Trail, exploring the ridges of West MacDonnell Ranges along the way. 223 kilometres long and split into 12 official sections, this grand journey is considered one of the best hiking experiences in the whole world. You’ll feel like you’re in the wild west as you make your way through the arid land of the Northern Territory. From hidden rock pools to picturesquely high summits, this lengthy adventure offers an experience that will last a lifetime. The stunningly panoramic views throughout the journey will make you feel like you’re in a movie. Many people prepare for months --mentally and physically-- before they take on the Larapinta Trail, and rightfully so. Every little thing matters when you go for a big hike like this, starting with when to take off. Keep in mind that temperatures can exceed 45°C in the summer, and the cold winter nights can test how good your sleeping bag is. Look out for snakes. Let us begin by acknowledging the Arrernte people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-23.6717846,133.8850785)
Mode Car
Finish (-23.5806423,132.5796883)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Herbert Heritage Drive (1.17km northeast of Stuart Highway), head towards the sheltered trailhead marked by the “Larapinta Trail Information” sign along the narrow paved cycleway. Cross the road, go through the said shelter and join the wide dirt track as you pass by a brown signpost to your left. Stay on the designated track as you follow the blue triangular markers to continue along Larapinta Trail (East to West).....
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Larapinta Trail, S1: Telegraph Station to Simpsons Gap
8 h to 2 days
24.5 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 7 m back from the start).
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 9 m veer right, to head along Cemetery Walk.
After another 25 m pass the "Larapinta Trail Information" (5 m on your left).
After another 370 m pass the cemetery (on your left).
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Cemetery Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 1) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 1.5 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 2.2 km cross the ford.
After another 440 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 1 & Wigley Waterhole track) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1 (a vehicle track).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 1 & Wigley Waterhole track) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1 (a walking track).
After another 1.7 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of West MacDonell MTB Track & Larapinta Trail Section 1) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 3 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 2.4 km pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Then come to the "Wallaby Gap" (6 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Wallaby Gap along the creek bed. Expect 10 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 90 m cross the ford.
After another 1 km cross the ford.
After another 550 m cross the ford.
After another 1.9 km cross the ford.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Scorpion Pool where you can see some scorpions --hence the name-- and spot some birdlife as well. Expect 10-15 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 50 m cross the ford.
After another 860 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 1.5 km veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 1.
After another 2.4 km find the "Hat Hill Saddle" (6 m on your right).
Hat Hill Saddle
Hat Hill Saddle

This scenic point offer you great southerly views over the surrounding land, especially around sunrise/sunset.
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This scenic point offer you great southerly views over the surrounding land, especially around sunrise/sunset.

Then find the "Hat Hill Saddle Campsite" (5 m on your right).
Hat Hill Saddle Campsite
Hat Hill Saddle Campsite

This campsite is often used by people hiking the Larapinta Trail even though it is not a designated campsite and has no water & facilites. The exceptional views over the hill makes for great sunsets/sunrises though.
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This campsite is often used by people hiking the Larapinta Trail even though it is not a designated campsite and has no water & facilites. The exceptional views over the hill makes for great sunsets/sunrises though.

After another 1.7 km cross the ford (about 50 m long)
After another 165 m cross the ford (about 30 m long)
After another 30 m come to the "Larapinta Walkers Campsite" (130 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the permanent waterhole along Roe Creek at Simpsons Gap. You can't swim in the waterhole, but the possibility of seeing a black-footed rock wallaby in this peaceful place can make the 25-30 minutes you'll spend worthwhile. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 1 & Darken Drive) continue straight.
After another 30 m to find the "Larapinta Trail Information".
About 25 m past the end is a toilet

This optional side trip takes you to the permanent waterhole along Roe Creek at Simpsons Gap. You can't swim in the waterhole, but the possibility of seeing a black-footed rock wallaby in this peaceful place can make the 25-30 minutes you'll spend worthwhile.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Darken Drive & Larapinta Trail Section 1 (a service road).
After 40 m pass the toilet (60 m on your left).
After another 40 m to find the "Simpsons Gap".
Continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the "Simpsons Gap" (10 m on your right).
Then pass the "Simpsons Gap" (10 m on your right).
After another 350 m come to Simpsons Gap Waterhole
Simpsons Gap Waterhole
Simpsons Gap Waterhole

This permanent waterhole is home to black-footed rock wallabies along with other wildlife. Unfortunately, you can not swim in the waterhole.
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This permanent waterhole is home to black-footed rock wallabies along with other wildlife. Unfortunately, you can not swim in the waterhole.

The end.

This little side trip takes you to the Scorpion Pool where you can see some scorpions --hence the name-- and spot some birdlife as well. Expect 10-15 minutes of moving time out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 290 m come to Scorpion Pool
Scorpion Pool
Scorpion Pool

This shaded waterhole surrounded by red rocks is known for its scorpions --hence the name-- but it can surprise you with some lovely bird species such as the Diamond Firetail and even a falcon.
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This shaded waterhole surrounded by red rocks is known for its scorpions --hence the name-- but it can surprise you with some lovely bird species such as the Diamond Firetail and even a falcon.

The end.

This optional side trip takes you to the Wallaby Gap along the creek bed. Expect 10 minutes of moving time out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
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Continue another 285 m to find the end.

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Larapinta Trail, S2: Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek
7 h 30 min to 2 days
25.7 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
Larapinta Trail Information (about 15 m back from the start).
After 35 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 135 m come to the "Larapinta Group Camping".
After another 5 m continue straight.
After another 6 m pass the shelter (on your left).
After another 225 m pass the toilet (55 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (70 m on your left).
Then come to the "Larapinta Walkers Campsite" (90 m on your left).
After another 7.6 km (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 2 & Woodland Trail) veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Bond Gap where you can see some contrast in colour as mentioned in the description. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.5 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.2 km come to the "Arenge View".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Wallaby Gap along the creek bed. Expect 10 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Mulga Campsite where there are picnic tables & seats and a toilet. Set amidst Mulga trees -- hence the name-- , this site features a softer flat surface. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 2.4 km veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.6 km find the "Spring Gap" (on your right).
Spring Gap
Spring Gap

Featuring lovely litle waterholes that are best viewed after some decent rain, Spring Gap offers you a tranquil & shaded resting spot if you'd like to pause and take in the scenery.
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Featuring lovely litle waterholes that are best viewed after some decent rain, Spring Gap offers you a tranquil & shaded resting spot if you'd like to pause and take in the scenery.

After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 6.7 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 135 m come to a sign
About 120 m past the end is Larapinta Trail Information
About 125 m past the end is a water tap
About 130 m past the end is Jay Creek
About 140 m past the end is a toilet

This little side trip takes you to the Bond Gap where you can see some contrast in colour as mentioned in the description.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 140 m come to Bond Gap
Bond Gap
Bond Gap

Featuring warm red rockfaces and lively green plants, Bond Gap offers you a picturesque and remote experience.
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Featuring warm red rockfaces and lively green plants, Bond Gap offers you a picturesque and remote experience.

The end.

This side trip takes you to Mulga Campsite where there are picnic tables & seats and a toilet. Set amidst Mulga trees -- hence the name-- , this site features a softer flat surface.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 130 m come to Mulga Camp
A water tap
About 15 m past the end is a toilet
The end.

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Larapinta Trail, S3: Jay Creek to Standley Chasm
5 h to 2 days
13.6 km
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 2 & Larapinta Trail Section 3 Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 3 (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 140 m back from the start).
Jay Creek (about 130 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 125 m back from the start).
Then pass the sign.
After another 160 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
After another 450 m cross the ford.
After another 480 m cross the ford.
After another 2.2 km cross the ford.
After another 315 m cross the ford.
After another 1 km pass the "Tangentyere Junction".
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate high "Ridge Route" is more scenic and offers panoramic 360-degree views over the land, yet is much more challenging due to the steepness of the track. To follow the alternate route: Veer right Details below.
Tangentyere Junction continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
After another 210 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m cross the ford.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
After another 145 m cross the ford.
After another 135 m cross the ford.
After another 1 km cross the ford.
After another 135 m cross the ford.
After another 230 m cross the ford.
After another 1 km cross the ford.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
After another 125 m cross the ford.
After another 160 m cross the ford.
After another 130 m cross the ford.
After another 275 m cross the ford.
After another 190 m cross the ford.
After another 60 m come to the "Millers Flat" (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the "Millers Flat".
This is the end of the alternate route. Turn right to rejoin the main route at the 8.6 km waypoint. Details below.
Millers Flat continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
After another 250 m cross the ford.
After another 510 m cross the ford.
After another 55 m cross the ford.
After another 85 m cross the ford.
After another 105 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m cross the ford.
After another 40 m cross the ford.
After another 370 m cross the ford.
After another 80 m cross the ford.
After another 70 m come to the waterfall.
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 165 m cross the ford.
After another 130 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m pass the waterfall (on your left).
After another 350 m cross the ford.
After another 370 m come to the "Gastrolobium Saddle" (8 m on your left).
After another 790 m pass the "Angkale Junction".
After another 30 m cross the ford.
After another 470 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
After another 7 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you into Standley Chasm aka ‘Angkerle Atwatye’, which means ‘Gap of Water’. The 3-metre wide chasm is home to multiple bird species, wallabies and lizards. Please buy a ticket from the kiosk and respect the Arrente people, which are the traditional owners of the land. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 325 m turn right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
After another 325 m pass a seat (on your right).
After another 105 m find a seat.
After another 105 m pass the "Standley Chasm" (15 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the toilet (75 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3.
Then come to the "Standley Chasm" (75 m on your left).
After another 30 m come to Standley Chasm Kiosk
About 35 m past the end is Larapinta Trail Information

This alternate high "Ridge Route" is more scenic and offers panoramic 360-degree views over the land, yet is much more challenging due to the steepness of the track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Tangentyere Junction heading along Larapinta Trail Section 3 Alternative High Route (a walking track).
After 1.6 km pass the "Pravda Spur".
After another 1.2 km pass the summit (on your left).
After another 1.1 km veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3 Alternative High Route.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3 Alternative High Route.
After another 570 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 3 Alternative High Route.
After another 190 m cross the ford.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 145 m come to Millers Flat
About 25 m past the end is Millers Flat

This optional side trip takes you into Standley Chasm aka ‘Angkerle Atwatye’, which means ‘Gap of Water’. The 3-metre wide chasm is home to multiple bird species, wallabies and lizards. Please buy a ticket from the kiosk and respect the Arrente people, which are the traditional owners of the land.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After 300 m cross the ford.
After another 45 m cross the ford.
Continue another 45 m to find the end.

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Larapinta Trail, S4: Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole
8 h 30 min to 2 days
16 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a toilet (about 95 m back from the start).
Standley Chasm (about 80 m back from the start).
Standley Chasm (about 30 m back from the start).
After 15 m pass the "Standley Chasm Kiosk" (on your right).
After 25 m pass the "Larapinta Trail Information" (35 m on your left).
After another 20 m turn right, to head along Scenic Loop Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to a lookout where you can get great southerly views over the land. Expect 5 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Scenic Loop Walk.
After another 275 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 4 & Scenic Loop Walk turn sharp right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 295 m cross the ford.
After another 265 m cross the ford.
After another 90 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Bridle Path Lookout. Expect impressive views of rockfaces and the valley below. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 3.1 km veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 560 m come to the "Reveal Saddle" (5 m on your left).
After another 4.5 km come to the camp site (5 m on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "Brinkley Bluff" (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Wallaby Gap along the creek bed. Expect 10 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Mulga Campsite where there are picnic tables & seats and a toilet. Set amidst Mulga trees -- hence the name-- , this site features a softer flat surface. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 2 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 730 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 310 m cross the ford (about 35 m long)
After another 10 m find the "Stuart's Pass Campsite" (6 m on your left).
Stuart's Pass Campsite
Stuart's Pass Campsite

A basic campsite that offers you no amenities, so you need to be self-sufficient. The ground is soft and sandy as the campsite is along a riverbed. The place is named afterJohn McDouall Stuart, who was an explorer that passed through here in 1860.
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A basic campsite that offers you no amenities, so you need to be self-sufficient. The ground is soft and sandy as the campsite is along a riverbed. The place is named afterJohn McDouall Stuart, who was an explorer that passed through here in 1860.

After another 2.8 km veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 350 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 4.
After another 360 m pass the water tap (on your right).
Then pass the shelter (on your right).
A toilet
About 15 m past the end is Section 4/5 Junction

This little side trip takes you to a lookout where you can get great southerly views over the land. Expect 5 minutes of moving time out & back.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 115 m come to Standley Chasm lookout
The end.

This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Bridle Path Lookout. Expect impressive views of rockfaces and the valley below.
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 110 m come to Bridle Path Lookout
Bridle Path Lookout the end.

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Larapinta Trail, S5: Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge
9 h to 2 days
15.3 km
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 4 & Larapinta Trail Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 5 (a walking track).
After 6 m pass the water tap (6 m on your right).
Then pass the shelter (on your right).
After 8 m pass the toilet (on your right).
Then come to the "Section 4/5 Junction" (on your right).
After another 240 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 5 & Larapinta Trail) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 5.
After another 4.2 km find the "Windy Saddle" (5 m on your left).
Windy Saddle
Windy Saddle

A great spot to take a break and take in the views.
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A great spot to take a break and take in the views.

After another 5.5 km find the "Rocky Saddle" (on your right).
Rocky Saddle
Rocky Saddle

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After another 1.6 km pass the "Hugh Junction".
After another 50 m find the "Fringe Lilly Creek Campsite" (on your left).
Fringe Lilly Creek Campsite
Fringe Lilly Creek Campsite

A basic campsite that has tent pads, yet it lacks water and toilet facilites. You may get lucky and find some water along the creek but make sure you treat the water well before drinking.
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A basic campsite that has tent pads, yet it lacks water and toilet facilites. You may get lucky and find some water along the creek but make sure you treat the water well before drinking.

After another 45 m cross the ford.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
After another 3.6 km pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
After another 10 m come to Hugh Gorge Larapinta Trail Camp Site

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Larapinta Trail, S6: Hugh Gorge to Ellery Creek North
10 h 30 min to 2 days
28.1 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Hugh Gorge Larapinta Trail Camp Site (about 4 m back from the start).
After 25 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 125 m pass the "Hugh Gorge Campsite" (20 m on your left).
After another 4.1 km come to the "Hugh View" (on your left).
After another 2.7 km pass a seat (6 m on your left).
Then come to the "Ghost Gum Flat" (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Rocky Gully Campsite (and the group campsite further away), which is located on the bed of a usually dry stream. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 8 km (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 6 & Larapinta Trail) turn right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 6.
After another 2.4 km cross the ford.
After another 610 m cross the ford.
After another 230 m cross the ford.
After another 3.3 km cross the ford.
After another 1.4 km cross the ford.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Ellery Creek Big Hole Campsite & Day Use Area (old Section 7 trailhead). If you're coming from the east and want to use the old southern alignment, take this route. Details below.
After another 2 km turn sharp right.
After another 2.2 km continue straight.
After another 1.1 km turn right.
After another 140 m come to Ellery Creek North - Larapinta Trailhead Shelter (6/7)

An alternate access point from/to Ellery Creek Big Hole Campsite & Day Use Area (old Section 7 trailhead). If you're coming from the east and want to use the old southern alignment, take this route.
Turn map Directions & comments
Heading along Larapinta Trail Section 6.
After 4.5 km cross the ford.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 50 m come to the "Ellery Creek Big Hole - West MacDonnell NP" (50 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 15 m come to Larapinta Trail Information
About 30 m past the end is a toilet

This side trip takes you to Rocky Gully Campsite (and the group campsite further away), which is located on the bed of a usually dry stream.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 6 & Larapinta Trail heading along Larapinta Trail (a walking track).
After 280 m pass the toilet (8 m on your right).
Then come to the "Rocky Gully camp site" (15 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the water tap (on your right).
After another 360 m come to Rocky Gully group camp site
The end.

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Larapinta Trail, S7: Ellery Creek North to Serpentine Gorge
4 h to 5 h 30 min
12 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then pass the "Ellery Creek North - Larapinta Trailhead Shelter (6/7)" (on your right).
After 7.6 km cross the ford.
After another 670 m cross the ford.
After another 120 m cross the ford.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to Ellery Creek Big Hole Campsite & Day Use Area (old Section 7 trailhead). If you're coming from the west and want to use the old southern alignment, take this route. Details below.
After another 20 m turn right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to a lookout where you can get great southerly views over the land. Expect 5 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 2.6 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After another 50 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the shelter (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m come to the "Serpentine Gorge camp site" (10 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
After another 140 m pass the sign (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Serpentine Gorge where there is a secluded waterhole sacred to the Western Arrernte people. Veer right before you come to the gorge to get to the lookout that looks over the waterhole and into the gorge. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Serpentine Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 7) turn left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7 (a vehicle track).
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After another 295 m come to the "Larapinta Trail Camping" (55 m on your left).
Then pass the "Untreated water" (35 m on your left).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After another 25 m cross the ford (about 70 m long)
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
About 20 m past the end is Serpentine Gorge
About 25 m past the end is Larapinta Trail Information
About 40 m past the end is a toilet

An alternate access point from/to Ellery Creek Big Hole Campsite & Day Use Area (old Section 7 trailhead). If you're coming from the west and want to use the old southern alignment, take this route.
Turn map Directions & comments
Heading along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After 420 m cross the ford.
After another 1.4 km cross the ford.
After another 1.9 km come to the camp site (on your right).
Then pass the "Trig Point".
After another 3 km come to the camp site (5 m on your right).
After another 1.8 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After another 6 m pass the "Dolomite Walk".
After another 800 m cross the ford.
After another 160 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 8 m come to Larapinta Trail Information
About 35 m past the end is Ellery Creek Big Hole - West MacDonnell NP

This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Serpentine Gorge where there is a secluded waterhole sacred to the Western Arrernte people. Veer right before you come to the gorge to get to the lookout that looks over the waterhole and into the gorge.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Serpentine Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 7 heading along Serpentine Gorge Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 320 m continue straight, to head along Serpentine Gorge Walk.
After another 20 m pass the "Serpentine Gorge" (10 m on your right).
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Serpentine Gorge Walk.
Continue another 145 m to find the end.

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Larapinta Trail, S8: Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam
5 h to 2 days
13.1 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then pass the "Serpentine Gorge" (20 m on your right).
After 7 m head through/around the gate.
Turn left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 7.
After 20 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "Larapinta Trail Information" (on your left).
After another 20 m pass the toilet (40 m on your left).
After another 1.8 km come to the camp site (6 m on your right).
After another 5 km pass the sign.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This highly recommended side trip takes you to the Counts Point viewpoint where there is a campsite as well (tent pads only). Breathtaking views of the surrounding land await you. To start this optional side trip: Veer right Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 8.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Serpentine Gorge where there is a secluded waterhole sacred to the Western Arrernte people. Veer right before you come to the gorge to get to the lookout that looks over the waterhole and into the gorge. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
After another 2.4 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 8.
After another 175 m veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 8.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Bridle Path Lookout. Expect impressive views of rockfaces and the valley below. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This considerable side trip takes you to the Serpentine Chalet Bush Camp, passing by the Serpentine Chalet itself (ruins) along the way. Will add around an hour of moving time to your hike (out & back). To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 3.6 km continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the toilet (on your left).
After another 35 m come to a shelter
Then pass the water tap (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to Larapinta Trail Information

This highly recommended side trip takes you to the Counts Point viewpoint where there is a campsite as well (tent pads only). Breathtaking views of the surrounding land await you.
Turn map Directions & comments
Heading along Larapinta Trail Section 8.
After 720 m come to the "Counts Point" (on your left).
After another 30 m come to the camp site.
Continue another 25 m to find the end.

This considerable side trip takes you to the Serpentine Chalet Bush Camp, passing by the Serpentine Chalet itself (ruins) along the way. Will add around an hour of moving time to your hike (out & back).
Turn map Directions & comments
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After another 1 km continue straight.
After another 780 m cross the ford.
After another 170 m find the "Serpentine Chalet" (15 m on your right).
Serpentine Chalet
Serpentine Chalet

Built in 1958 by Len Tuit, this chalet was quite capable with 5 cabins, a kitchen and a living area for the staff. You can visit this place with a 2WD vehicle from Namatjira Drive, yet you'll need a 4WD vehicle to get to Serpentine Chalet Dam.
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Built in 1958 by Len Tuit, this chalet was quite capable with 5 cabins, a kitchen and a living area for the staff. You can visit this place with a 2WD vehicle from Namatjira Drive, yet you'll need a 4WD vehicle to get to Serpentine Chalet Dam.

After another 345 m cross the ford.
After another 160 m cross the ford.
After another 240 m come to Serpentine Chalet Bush Camping
The end.

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Larapinta Trail, S9: Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ormiston Gorge
12 h to 2 days
28.2 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is water tap (about 25 m back from the start).
Larapinta Trail Information.
After 5 m pass the toilet (60 m on your left).
After 2.2 km pass the "Inarlanga Pass".
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 9 & Arrernte Walk) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 9.
After another 10.4 km come to the "Waterfall Gorge camp site" (7 m on your left).
After another 195 m pass the "Waterfall Gorge" (on your left).
After another 1.7 km come to the "Lookout" (on your right).
After another 30 m come to the camp site (8 m on your right).
After another 1.3 km come to the "Hermits Hideaway" (8 m on your left).
After another 2.4 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 9.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 9.
After another 2.5 km cross the ford.
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate high "Ridge Route" is more scenic and offers panoramic 360-degree views over the land, yet is much more challenging due to the steepness of the track. To follow the alternate route: Veer right Details below.
After another 6.6 km (at the intersection of Pound Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 9) veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 9.
After another 90 m cross the ford.
After another 560 m come to Ormiston Gorge

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Then to find the "Larapinta Trail Information".
About 70 m past the end is Ormiston Gorge
About 95 m past the end is Snack Kiosk
About 105 m past the end is Ormiston Gorge

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Larapinta Trail, S10: Ormiston Gorge to Finke River
3 h to 4 h
9.1 km
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Waterhole Walk & Ghost Gum Walk Start heading along Ghost Gum Walk (a walking track).
Ormiston Gorge (about 105 m back from the start).
Larapinta Trail Information (about 6 m back from the start).
After 105 m pass the "Ormiston Gorge" (35 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "Snack Kiosk" (50 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Ghost Gum Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Rocky Gully Campsite (and the group campsite further away), which is located on the bed of a usually dry stream. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 50 m veer left.
After another 40 m come to the "Amphitheatre - Ormiston Gorge".
Amphitheatre - Ormiston Gorge
Amphitheatre - Ormiston Gorge

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After another 45 m come to the "Ormiston Gorge Campground - West MacDonnell NP" (145 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 80 m come to the "Coach Camping" (10 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Bridle Path Lookout. Expect impressive views of rockfaces and the valley below. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This considerable side trip takes you to the Serpentine Chalet Bush Camp, passing by the Serpentine Chalet itself (ruins) along the way. Will add around an hour of moving time to your hike (out & back). To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
After another 60 m veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 10.
After another 6 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the water tap (10 m on your right).
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 10.
After another 4.3 km come to the camp site (60 m on your left).
The starting point of an alternate route. This alternate high "Ridge Route" is more scenic and offers panoramic 360-degree views over the land, yet is much more challenging due to the steepness of the track. To follow the alternate route: Veer right Details below.
Continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 10.
After another 3.1 km cross the ford.
After another 890 m come to a toilet
About 65 m past the end is Finke River camp site
About 65 m past the end is a water tap
About 70 m past the end is Larapinta Trail Information

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Larapinta Trail, S11: Finke River to Redbank Gorge
9 h 30 min to 2 days
26.4 km
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & Larapinta Trail Section 10 Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 11 (a walking track).
Larapinta Trail Information (about 70 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 65 m back from the start).
Finke River camp site (about 65 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start).
After 170 m cross the ford.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
After another 510 m pass the "Glen Helen Junction".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Rocky Gully Campsite (and the group campsite further away), which is located on the bed of a usually dry stream. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & The Larapinta Trail) veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 1.4 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 2.2 km cross the ford.
After another 5.6 km come to the "Hilltop Lookout" (9 m on your right).
Then come to the camp site (15 m on your right).
After another 4.4 km veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 600 m come to the "Rocky Bar Gap" (7 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (6 m on your left).
After another 50 m pass the toilet (50 m on your left).
After another 10.8 km pass the sign.
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 12 & Larapinta Trail Section 11 continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 270 m cross the ford.
After another 100 m come to the "Larapinta Trail Camping" (35 m on your left).
Then pass the "Larapinta Trail Water" (35 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Scorpion Pool where you can see some scorpions --hence the name-- and spot some birdlife as well. Expect 10-15 minutes of moving time out & back. To start this optional side trip: Turn right Details below.
Veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Redbank Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11 to 12.
After another 75 m come to a toilet
Larapinta Trail Information
About 15 m past the end is a picnic table
About 20 m past the end is Redbank Gorge

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Larapinta Trail, S12: Mount Sonder
5 h to 7 h
15.1 km
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 11 to 12.
Redbank Gorge (about 20 m back from the start).
After 25 m pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
After 25 m pass the shelter (on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Rocky Gully Campsite (and the group campsite further away), which is located on the bed of a usually dry stream. To start this optional side trip: Turn left Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you you to the permanent waterhole in Redbank Gorge, where you can swim in the cool waters of Davenport Creek and spot some wildlife as well. Expect 35-40 minutes of moving time (out&back) added to your hike. To start this optional side trip: Continue straight Details below.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Redbank Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 115 m come to the "Larapinta Trail Camping" (35 m on your right).
Then pass the "Larapinta Trail Water" (35 m on your right).
Veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 80 m cross the ford.
After another 270 m pass the sign.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional but recommended side trip takes you to the Bridle Path Lookout. Expect impressive views of rockfaces and the valley below. To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This considerable side trip takes you to the Serpentine Chalet Bush Camp, passing by the Serpentine Chalet itself (ruins) along the way. Will add around an hour of moving time to your hike (out & back). To start this optional side trip: Turn sharp left Details below.
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12 veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 12.
After another 2.1 km come to the "Mount Sonder Lookout" (on your right).
After another 2.7 km come to the camp site (on your right).
After another 2.3 km come to a sign

This side trip takes you you to the permanent waterhole in Redbank Gorge, where you can swim in the cool waters of Davenport Creek and spot some wildlife as well. Expect 35-40 minutes of moving time (out&back) added to your hike.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Redbank Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12 heading along Redbank Gorge Walk (a walking track).
Continue another 1.2 km to find Redbank Gorgethe end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Larapinta Trail, S1: Telegraph Station to Simpsons Gap

Larapinta Trail, S2: Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek

Larapinta Trail, S3: Jay Creek to Standley Chasm

Larapinta Trail, S4: Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole

Larapinta Trail, S5: Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge

Larapinta Trail, S6: Hugh Gorge to Ellery Creek North

Larapinta Trail, S7: Ellery Creek North to Serpentine Gorge

Larapinta Trail, S8: Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam

Larapinta Trail, S9: Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ormiston Gorge

Larapinta Trail, S10: Ormiston Gorge to Finke River

Larapinta Trail, S11: Finke River to Redbank Gorge

Larapinta Trail, S12: Mount Sonder


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 227.2 km
Time 13 days, 15 days to 20 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep and difficult rock scrambles (5/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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