Larapinta Trail

The Larapinta Trail, in the heart of Central Australia, runs 223km along the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges. The track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. The trail has many highlights including Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge, Glen Helen and Mount Sonder.

The trail starts at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and crosses the range to end at the summit of Mt Sonder, the walk has many Aboriginal sacred sites of the Arrernte people, who have allowed tourists to visit the sites.

During the summer months, temperatures along the trail can exceed 45 °C, leading to danger of heatstroke and dehydration. Most people walk the trail during winter when the days are cooler.