Larapinta Trail water
You must carry and drink plenty of water along the Larapinta Trail.
Consider all of the following to work out how much water to carry:
- weather conditions
- distance to be walked
- the effort you will put in
- your fitness.
Take enough water for cooking and emergencies.
Drink water regularly, don't wait until you are thirsty as this is one of the early signs of dehydration.
Even if walking in mild conditions, you will still need to drink water regularly.
The availability of surface water depends on large rainfall events that are rare and unpredictable in Central Australia.
The quantity and quality of temporary surface water is unreliable. You should use the water supplied at trailheads.
Water tanks are monitored and refilled by rangers depending on the season and number of walkers on the trail. They are filled up well before they empty.
It is helpful if you record water supply levels at trailhead logbooks.
You should urgently report any leaks, low tank levels or other concerns to rangers at Simpsons Gap or Ormiston Gorge.
You should boil the water, use sterilising tablets or a filter as the quality of the water can't be guaranteed.
Water supply locations
Distance from last supply (km)
|1||Alice Springs Telegraph Station||Tap connected to Alice Springs town supply||0|
|1||Wallaby Gap||Ranger maintained tank||13.5|
|1 and 2||Simpsons Gap||Ranger maintained tank||10.3|
|2||Mulga Camp||Ranger maintained tank||13.7|
|2 and 3||Jay Creek||Ranger maintained tank||10.8|
|3 and 4||Standley Chasm||Tap connected to local bore supply||14.1|
|4 and 5||Birthday Waterhole||Ranger maintained tank||17.7|
|5 and 6||Hugh Gorge||Ranger maintained tank||16|
|6||Rocky Gully||Ranger maintained tank||15.9|
|6 and 7||Ellery Creek||Ranger maintained tank||15.3|
|7 and 8||
Larapinta Trail Campsite
|Ranger maintained tank||13.8|
|8||Serpentine Chalet Dam||Ranger maintained tank||13.4|
|9 and 10||Ormiston Gorge||Rainwater storage tank||28.6|
|10 and 11||Finke River||Ranger maintained tank||9.1|
|11||Glen Helen Resort||Tap connected to the resort bore supply or purchase bottled water from the resort||4.3|
|11||Rocky Bar Gap||Ranger maintained tank||14.2 (from Finke River)|
|11 and 12||Redbank Gorge||Ranger maintained tank||11.8|
Last updated: 28 November 2017