Friends of the Heysen Trail - Larapinta Trail Information Sheet #1
Situated in the heart of Central Australia, the Larapinta Trail extends over 223 kilometres along the
backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
This exciting long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections, each a 1-2 day walk. The Trail
encompasses some of the key attractions of the Ranges including Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole,
Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen. The Trail also links in with other walking tracks within the West
MacDonnell National Park, allowing side trips to explore more of what the Park has to offer.
The Larapinta Trail begins at the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station and meanders through many gaps
and sheltered gorges, climbs steeply over the rugged ranges, and has numerous stunning views and
opportunities to photograph or admire the spectacular landscape.
The Trail takes in a variety of desert habitats before rewarding walkers with 360° vistas from Mt Sonder –
the highest point and end of the Trail
Our Larapinta experience however will start at the western end of the Larapinta and we will make our way
to Alice Springs over 12 walking days.
The Larapinta Trail is in rugged terrain and demands a higher level of fitness than most long distance walks
you may have experienced. Some of the days will be quite long, up to 30 km. We plan to have regular
training walks in the months prior to the trip.
The trip starts at Adelaide and entails a two day bus trip to Glen Helen, via Alice Springs, with an overnight
stopover in Coober Pedy to break the trip, both ways.
The trip will start on 21st July 2012 and we will return to Adelaide on 9th August 2012
The cost at this stage will be approximately $2350 pp. twin share for Friends members and $2450 pp. twin
share for non-members. You can fly to join us in Alice Springs, however the cost will remain as above.
Our tour support team, Banksia Tours, will provide all transport from and too Adelaide. They will also
provide all meals (some exception) with a cooked breakfast, pack lunch with snacks and drinks and a
cooked tea at night. Alcohol and other
They will also supply tents (2 person) air mattresses, but not sleeping bags or pillows.
They will also supply seats and trestles for meals and eating utensils. Banksia Tours will manage all the
catering, however it is expected that we will help with some of the meal preparation and washing up etc.
The Trail Itself
Ridges, gorges, hills, valleys, creek beds and the occasional flat bits, all with spinifex and rocks
Some very steep ascents and descents
Steep rocky slopes and lots of rock hopping
Some rock pool wading in Hugh Gorge.
Boots with good tread are essential
Gaiters probably full length to protect from the spinifex
Fly repellent or fly nets
Hot, cold, wet, windy and possibly stormy! Be prepared for all eventualities
Bring warm clothing as it can get cold during the day and freezing at night
Thermals at night
o July 4-20ºC
o August 6-22.5ºC
o Can range well above and below these averages
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