About Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail, in the heart of Central Australia, runs 223km 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.

Each section has vehicle access, though some need a four-wheel drive with high clearance, so you can join or leave the trail at any of the trailheads.

Camping fees

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

  • Ellery Creek Big Hole - $5 per person
  • Ormiston Gorge - $10 per person
  • Redbank Gorge - $5 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 Resort as these are privately owned and operated.

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 June 2017