Fast facts about the Larapinta Trail


Ardoch is very excited to be offering you the incredible opportunity to trek the Larapinta Trail in August 2019, while raising vital funds for Ardoch’s programs! The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences and a once in a lifetime experience. This 7-day adventure will have you expertly guided along the most spectacular and rewarding sections of the trail.

If you’re up for the challenge, or know somebody who is, please get in touch with Theresa at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. To register for the event, please visit our fundraiser page here

In the meantime, enjoy some amazing facts about the Larapinta trail:

  • The trail has 12 sections stretching over 223 km from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder.
  • The trail that exists today was completed in 2002.
  • The Larapinta Trail rises 1,000 metres above sea level. 
  • 53 of the species found in the region are listed as threatened, including 14 plant species, 18 vertebrate species and 21 species of invertebrates.
  • The Arrernte people are the original indigenous inhabitants of the surrounding land the trail runs through.
  • The Larapinta Trail was first conceptualised in 1989 as part of a strategy to develop a national park.
  • Prior to a massive geological event 450 million years ago, the area was covered by a shallow inland sea. Fossils can be found in many of the valleys along the trail.
  • Recognised as one of the finest walking experiences in the world.
  • Described by Australian Geographic as “one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks”.

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