Larapinta Trail current conditions
Changed conditions on the Larapinta Trail
Flooding has caused extensive grass growth, erosion of trail surfaces and the deposition of flood debris. Work is ongoing to repair the trail and improve visibility.
Hikers need to wade and swim through water at several locations.
Navigation may be difficult in sections. Hikers must be prepared with maps and emergency communication.
Download the free Avenza Maps for each section of the trail before you commence your walk. Find out how to get free interactive park maps on your mobile phone and tablet.
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.
Before you visit, check if the park is open.
|Section||Trail condition update|
Solar-powered USB charging stations have been installed at the Jay Creek, 4/5 Junction, Hugh Gorge, Ellery Creek North, Serpentine Gorge, Serpentine Chalet Dam, Ormiston Gorge, Finke River and Redbank Gorge shelters. The charging stations can be used to charge cameras, phones and other small electronic devices via your USB cable.
|Section 2 and 3||Support vehicles can park at the Jay Creek vehicle track turn-off on the Hamilton Downs Youth Camp Road. Hikers will need to walk to Jay Creek trailhead via the vehicle track for approximately 4km.|
|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 5 and 6||Due to flood damage, Parks and Wildlife are unable to access the Hugh Gorge and Section 4/5 junction campsites to service toilets. Hikers will need to carry toilet paper. Parks and Wildlife can monitor drinking water tank levels remotely and will advise hikers if supplies get low.|
|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.
|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.
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.
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Last updated: 08 April 2022
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