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 over the last few months.

This growth has made some parts of the trail poorly visible, particularly around creeks and drainage lines.

Directional arrows may be difficult to find. All walkers must study and carry quality maps.

You may need to wade through cold water on some sections of the trail.

A wildfire has burnt parts of Section 2 between Simpsons Gap and Jay Creek.

The trail may be hard to follow due to fallen trees and blackened trail markers.

Walkers must carry and refer to quality maps, and pay attention when walking through burnt areas.

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

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 4Due 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 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.

Weather

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.

Temperature (Celsius)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Maximum

36.3

34.9

32.6

28.1

23

19.9

19.6

22.5

27.1

30.8

33.6

35.3

Minimum

21.2

20.7

17.4

12.5

8.3

5.2

4

6

10.2

14.7

17.8

20.2

Last updated: 29 March 2017