A Tassie bushwalker heads north! A review of the Larapinta Trail.
We are excited to be headed further north, walking this season on the Larapinta Trail on a 6 day, 64km, guided adventure.
As many of us are down south, our walking styles have become accustomed to cooler climates, the shade of lush rainforests and a fresh ocean breeze make Tasmanian walks truly unique. Further north, an outback setting means we get to see a dramatic change in landscape, and have to walk accordingly. From rainforests to red mountain ridges and from beaches to waterholes, everything changes in the red centre.
Late last year, we thought we would send our Guest Experience Manager, a seasoned cool-climate hiker to let us know how the Larapinta Walk compares to a southern experience.
Let’s see what she had to say…
What was your favourite thing about the Larapinta Trail Walk?
The fact that I have never experienced anything like it before! The rugged scenery, being able to cool off in numerous waterholes, a whole new range of flora and fauna, and of course, sleeping under the stars! It’s unlike anything we have down here, which is what makes it so special.
How does the Larapinta Walk compare?
It’s one of the most rewarding walks I have done, BUT it’s pretty challenging. The terrain itself varies a lot, so no two days will ever be the same. There is no boarding on the track, and often the path isn’t graded and flat. In terms of difficultly, I would put it on-par with the Overland Track. The main thing that differs to a southern walk is the heat. It gets pretty hot up there! Make sure to bring enough water each day.
Best day on the track?
Day 3 was the favourite. The climb up to Counts Point and the view from the top is hard to beat. Such a rewarding day climb when you get to experience a view like that!
What did you think of the camp?
Love, love, love the camp. Getting to sleep under the stars was amazing. The bucket showers were fabulous at the end of the day. The nightly firepit was a great spot to swap stories and highlights of the day. The best thing for me about the camp was the food! A real highlight to be able to eat home style meals every night and enjoy a sundowner with the other walkers.
What advice would you give to future walkers?
Have the right footwear and be sun smart! Drink lots of water while on the track and take advantage of all swimming opportunities, the ‘fresh’ plunge is worth it!
Any other comments?
The sunrises are incredible and worth waking up early for!