Larapinta Trail

The grand-daddy of Northern Territory walking trails, Larapinta is a trek along the backbone of the West Macdonnell Ranges to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. Made up of a chain of day walks, the trail stretches more than 223km from the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder and Mount Razorback.

The walk takes in ancient escarpments and vast ochre-coloured landscapes, sheltered gorges, cool waterholes to swim in. It visits sites sacred to the Arrernte Aboriginal people. Outback camping is one of the trail’s highlights, along with the diversity of desert habitats, native birds, animals and nearly 600 species of rare flora.

Tailor your walk along 12 sections, which range from effortless to arduous and requiring four wheel drive access, or give yourself three weeks and a challenge yourself with an end-to-end trek. The scenery is spectacular in a subtle way which was hard to capture with photos.

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Wildlife is everywhere and we heard the eerie cry of dingos warbling under the moonlight every night. Myriad songbirds, parrots and cockatoos flitted through the sparse forest canopy. The trail has a very comprehensive website which is perfect to help plan your walk and provide all the information you need to know before heading off into the outback.

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