Larapinta Trail current conditions
This page has the latest information on conditions of the Larapinta Trail.
The trail may be overgrown with long grass and vegetation in places due to large amounts of rainfall at the start of 2017.
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.
A wildfire in April burnt parts of Section 2 between Simpsons Gap and Jay Creek. New trail markers have been installed along this section to improve visibility of the trail.
Pay attention when walking through burnt areas.
The photographs above show the new shelters built at Hugh Gorge and the Section 4/5 junction on the Laparinta Trail.
|Section||Trail condition update|
|Section 2 and 3||A new toilet tank will be installed at the section 2/3 trailhead in April. During installation, walkers will be required to bury toilet waste following best practice principles.|
|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.
Two new shelters have been built at Birthday Waterhole and Hugh Gorge. Facilities include water tanks, toilet, sleeping platforms and tent pads.
|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. Go to the Standley Chasm website or call (08) 8956 7440 for details.|
Section 1/2 (Simpsons Gap)|
Section 7/8 (Serpentine Gorge)
Section 10/11 (Finke River Trailheads)
|New shelters are at the Simpsons Gap, Jay Creek, Serpentine Gorge and Finke River trailheads. Each shelter has a toilet, clean water tank and sleeping platform. The free gas cookers at Jay Creek and Finke River have been removed.|
|Section 7 and 8||A new shelter will be built at the section 7/8 trailhead, with work commencing on 11 April 2018. Walkers will still have access to the campsite during construction although space will be limited.|
|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.|
Go to the Bureau of Meteorology website to find out about weather conditions for the area.
Typical weather from May to August is clear and sunny days, 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.
Last updated: 10 April 2018