Larapinta Trail

Hike along the Larapinta Trail while completing your requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh adventurous Journeys. You will visit powerful Aboriginal sites each day and sleep under the stunning stars each night. Completing this hike with your friends and Infuse leaders will be a lifelong memory that you will never forget.


Accomplish your practice and qualifying Adventurous Journeys

Learn about the local Aboriginal culture.

Experience the power of culturally significant sites in Central Australia

Camp under uninterrupted stars with your friends

Swim in the beautiful natural water holes to cool off after your hard work

Day 1: Welcome to Alice Springs

Your program leaders will meet you upon arrival and you can expect a warm welcome to the program. Today will be spent in Alice Springs preparing for your adventure. After some lunch and orientation to allow you and your Infuse Program Leaders to get to know each other, you’ll head to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon will be spent preparing for your adventure and making final packing adjustments. Get a good night’s rest, your journey begins tomorrow!

Overnight: Alice Springs

Day 2: AJ Practice (Day 1): Jay Creek to Standley Chasm

You’ll have an early morning start today to head out to the Jay Creek Trailhead where you’ll join onto the Larapinta Trail and begin your adventure. You will be completing the 134 Special; an 8-day section of the Larapinta Trail. This journey will start at Jay Creek and finish at Ormiston Gorge.

On today’s hike, you’ll be hiking a total of 13.6km, approximately 5.5hrs as you make your way from Jay Creek to Standley Chasm. You’ll make your way along the Chewings Range and explore rocky narrow gorges and creek beds before arriving at the incredible Standley Chasm.

Overnight: Standley Chasm

Day 3: AJ Practice (Day 2): Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole

Today’s hike will be 17.7kms, taking approximately 9 hours, where you’ll be travelling from Standley Chasm through to Birthday Waterhole. This section is said to be one of the best on the entire trail. You’ll experience views of Brinkley Bluff before the tricky section where you descend down the summit to Rocky Cleft. From here it’s relatively easy going through to Birthday Waterhole.

Overnight: Birthday Waterhole

Day 4: AJ Practice (Day 3): Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge

You’ll be hiking a total of 16 km’s today, taking approximately 10 hours. This section offers great views between Linear Valley and Hugh Gorge. It can be difficult in sections because of the ridgetop walking, steep climbs and clambering over dry river beds.

Overnight: Hugh Gorge

Day 5: AJ Practice (Day 4): Hugh Gorge to Ellery Creek

Today will be 31.2kms of hiking which will take you approximately 11 hours. This is the longest section of the Larapinta Trail, you’ll have a pleasant walk winding your way across the Alice Valley; a welcome change from yesterday’s boulder climbing and rugged terrain.

Overnight: Ellery Creek

Day 6: AJ Qualifying (Day 1): Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge

Covering 13.8kms today will take you approximately 5.5hours. You’ll experience impressive views of the diverse geological formations and colours that Central Australia has to offer as you make your way to Serpentine Gorge.

Overnight: Serpentine Gorge

Day 7: AJ Qualifying (Day 2): Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Dam

During this section, you’ll be covering 13.4kms which should take approximately 5.5hours. Today there will be nice viewpoints along the high ground of the trail, as well as a mixture of steep ascents and descents. Look out for the magnificent views from Counts Point before heading into Serpentine Chalet Dam.

Overnight: Serpentine Chalet Dam

Day 8: AJ Qualifying (Day 3): Serpentine Chalet Dam to Ormiston Gorge

Today you’ll hike 28.6kms, taking you approximately 12 hours. This long walk will challenge you for your last day as you make your way along rocky and loose ascents & descents. There are some impressive and scenic sections as well as a beautiful finish point at Ormiston Gorge. A perfect location for some reflection time on your incredible journey.

Overnight: Ormiston Gorge

Day 9: Travel Day

This morning, you’ll be picked up and transported back to Alice Springs to begin your journey back home.

Congratulations on completing your adventure and journey along the Larapinta Trail. Enjoy your flight home and give your feet a well deserved rest.