Larapinta Trail current conditions

Track markers

Some parts of the Larapinta Trail were impacted by fires in 2019. Take care to stay on the track and follow temporary track markers.

This page has the latest information on conditions of the Larapinta Trail.

You must study and carry quality maps if you want to walk the trail.

You should pay particular attention to changes in direction along or near creek lines and watercourses where the grass is thicker.

Find out about trail safety and who to contact for more information.

Section Trail condition update
Various

New solar-powered USB charging stations have been installed at the Finke River, Serpentine Chalet, Serpentine Gorge, Hugh Gorge, 4/5 junction and Jay Creek shelters. The charging stations can be used to charge cameras, phones and other small electronic devices via your USB cable.

Section 3 and 4

Standley Chasm is privately owned and operated. An entry fee applies per person, which must be paid by all visitors, including Larapinta Trail walkers passing through the chasm or using section 3 and 4 of the trail. Overnight campers can stay at Standley Chasm. Camping fees apply. For more information go to the Standley Chasm website or call 08 8956 7440.

Section 4

Due to track improvements, the total distance for section 4 is now 17.9km. The increase in distance relates to work on the trail between Brinkley Bluff and Stuart's Pass. Brinkley Bluff to Rocky Cleft is now 1.6km. Rocky Cleft to Stuart's Pass is now 2.8km.

Section 4/5 and 5/6

The section 4/5 trailhead has moved 900m from Birthday Waterhole to the section 4/5 junction. The water tank has also been removed from Birthday Waterhole.

Shelters are now available at 4/5 junction and Hugh Gorge. Facilities include water tanks, toilet, sleeping platforms and tent pads. View photos of the shelters below.
Section 6 and 7

There has been a major trail realignment keeping walkers to the north of the Heavitree Range. Walkers will no longer access Ellery Creek South,  including the food drop, by taking this route.

An alternate food drop is now located at Serpentine Gorge, 160m west of the carpark. To access the food drop storage area, you will need to collect a key from the Tourism Central Australia Visitor Information Centre in the Alice Springs Todd Mall.

Get the Section 6 and 7 trail realignment information sheet PDF (780.6 KB).

Section 7 and 8

A shelter is now available at the section 7/8 trailhead at Serpentine Chalet. The shelter has two new rain water tanks, sleeping platforms and cupboards.

Section 9 and 10 There is a kiosk at Ormiston Gorge available to all visitors and walkers as well as food drop storage areas at the Ormiston Gorge visitor centre. To access the food drop storage area, you will need to collect a key from the Tourism Central Australia Visitor Information Centre in the Alice Springs Todd Mall.

The photographs below show the shelters built at Hugh Gorge and the section 4/5 junction on the Larapinta Trail.

Larapinta Trail shelter at Hugh GorgeLarapinta Trail shelter at Section 4/5 Junction

Weather

To find out about weather conditions for the area, go to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Typical weather from May to August is clear and sunny, often with a chilly breeze.

You will need warm clothes such as thermal wear, a warm hat or beanie and a sleeping bag rated for temperatures lower than -5 degrees Celsius.

Outside of these months the weather is warm to very hot, often reaching temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

Month

Minimum temperature (Celsius)

Maximum temperature (Celsius)

Jan

21.2

36.3

Feb

20.7

34.9

Mar

17.4

32.6

Apr

12.5

28.1

May

8.3

23

Jun

5.2

19.9

Jul

4

19.6

Aug

6

22.5

Sep

10.2

27.1

Oct

14.7

30.8

Nov

17.8

33.6

Dec

20.2

35.3

Last updated: 21 September 2020

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