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Date Posted: 21 July 2023
The Larapinta is a magnificent multi-day trek in central Australia.
Northern Territory | Australia
Image via Trek Larapinta Walking Trails
One of Australia's newest trails, the Larapinta has 12 sections across a massive 223km, which takes around 12-14 days to walk. You'll start near the famous Alice Springs and walk the desert ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, with views of ancient and rugged landscapes in Australia's Red Centre.
Central Australia is an arid region with extreme climates ranging between intense heat and freezing cold. Rain does fall throughout the year, sometimes in downpours. Check the weather forecasts, plan your trek according to the season, and follow this packing guide!
You won't be able to carry all of your food for the entire Larapinta Trail. To restock your food, you will need to organise food drops or food storage.
Pack your food and other essential items you'll need to resupply (e.g. fuel) into sturdy containers - plastic is best. Bunnings in Alice Springs stocks great plastic containers. Seal the containers with tape or zip ties to keep theft (animal or human) at bay. Mark your containers clearly and distinctively.
N.B. Along with this list, carry some cash on you. At least three campsites require a nomial fee to stay overnight, ranging between $3.30 - 10.
Image via Australian National Geographic