Running from Alice Springs to Mt Sonder, the 139-mile (223-km) Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s Great Walks and connects some of the West MacDonnell Ranges’ biggest attractions, including Simpson’s Gap, the Finke River, Glen Helen Gorge and the landmark known as Ochre Pits. While the entirety takes several days to hike, the trail is divided into 12 sections, each of which can be completed as a day or overnight hike.
Accommodation along the Larapinta Trail comes in the form of campsites, many offering picnic tables and level ground. Campsites at trailheads also have permanent water supplies and free gas barbecues, while also usually having toilets.
Visitors to Alice Springs seeking to hike the Larapinta Trail should plan their trip between June and August, as the Australian winter is the best time to hike the trail thanks to minimal rainfall. Hikers should avoid hiking between October and February. It is recommended that all walkers have a good level of fitness, and it is essential that any hikers of the Larapinta Trail come well prepared and equipped to cope with the terrain. Each section of the trail is accessible by vehicles.