Explore the most popular trails in West MacDonnell National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail was quite the undertaking for me and my girlfriend. We started it from Alice Springs on August 18th. We completed it on August 31st (a day earlier then planned, but we had to rush because a broken tent zip is quite a problem on this trail). Two major things to note in my opinion, the flies on the Larapinta was the hardest to contend with. The second thing is that you just cannot trust the water source recorders on section 9. TAKE ENOUGH WATER FOR THE ENTIRE SECTION WITH YOU. It was amazing, and I would happily do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

We only walked the first 6 stages, the rest is on the list. Makes you feel as if you are the only person in the world and are treading where no one has trod before. Loved it, though certain parts can be tough and exposed. I heard there is enough water along the way these days (we walked it 13 years ago) You may even meet other people now. Very much worth doing, but be super prepared. Lots of water, extra ration of food and it CAN and DOES sometimes rain bucket loads.

hiking
Wed Dec 05 2018

Amazing 16 days hiking solo end to end on the Larapinta in May/June 2018. This was longer than needed and ended up having a rest day. Lovely to be able to take my time. Worth getting up early to summit Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise on the last day to end the trip. Also worth camping at Brinkley Bluff or Mt Sonder lookout for amazing sunrises and sunsets. Counts lookout amazing and worth the small side trip. Distances are slightly longer than indicated in a lot of the sections due to track upgrades.

running
Tue Nov 13 2018

Truly amazing. 4 days back to back of “running” half marathon each day. An event organised Rapid Ascent (August 2018). All we had to do was run (and take lots of photos), they did the rest. Absolutely stunningly beautiful ancient country.

Mon Jul 16 2018

we didn't do the howl hike but we did 7 days and it was amazing hot in the day but freezing at night we went Stanley chasam to Ellery creek sooo so so good so fun grate school trip

backpacking
Thu Dec 14 2017

Didnt do the entire 137 miles, we did a tour though World Expeditions for 7 days and completed half of the trail. the trip as out of this world amazing! Highly recommend it to everyone if you are in the area.

hiking
Sun Jan 22 2017

Tried section 4 from Standley Chasm but quit after about 2 km. The path runs along the water way which had too many puddles blocking the path. Best to try it during dry season. The part I tried was quite beautiful. The path is not very clearly defined and there aren't many signs. Also, spiders. Big ones with white bottoms. No idea if dangerous but I'd rather face a bear than a spider.