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.