About Larapinta Trail

Fee changes

From 1 March 2022, multi-day walking fees will apply.

For more information go to the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

The Larapinta Trail, in the heart of Central Australia, runs over 230km along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges.

This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk.

The trail has many highlights including Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Mount Sonder.

The trail also links in with other walking tracks in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, so you can take side trips to explore further.

The trail starts at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and crosses the range to end at the summit of Mt Sonder, the highest point of the trail.

Most sections have vehicle access, though some need a four-wheel drive with high clearance, so you can join or leave the trail at many of the trailheads.

Camping fees

Fees apply to camp in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park.

Designated campgrounds are located at:

  • Ellery Creek Big Hole (Ellery Creek South) - category B campground
  • Ormiston Gorge and Pound - category C campground
  • Redbank Gorge - category B campground
  • Standley Chasm - privately owned and operated
  • Glen Helen Lodge - privately owned and operated.

Find out more about the facilities and camping fees.

You can apply for a permit to camp outside of designated campgrounds. Fees apply. Find out more about camping outside of a designated area.

Find out more about the Larapinta Trail.

Last updated: 12 August 2021

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