About Larapinta Trail

Fee changes

From 1 July 2021, the following changes will apply:

  • camping fees will increase
  • 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

Some campgrounds in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park have campsite fees, including:

  • Ellery Creek Big Hole (Ellery Creek South) - $3.30 per person
  • Ormiston Gorge - $10 per person
  • Redbank Gorge - $3.30 per person.

You should carry the correct amount as change is not available.

There is a charge to stay at Standley Chasm and Glen Helen Lodge as these are privately owned and operated.

There is a charge to stay at Standley Chasm as it is privately owned and operated. Please note that Glen Helen Lodge is currently closed and there is no camping available.

All other campsites are free and most are set aside for use by Larapinta Trail walkers.

Find out more about the Larapinta Trail.


Last updated: 27 April 2021

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