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The Jay Creek Trailhead (S2/S3) can be accessed by 4WD via the Tanami Road, north of Alice Springs. The total distance from Alice Springs to the Jay Creek Car Park Area is 76km. While the Tanami Road to the Jay Creek turn off is bitumen, a 4WD is required to access the Hamilton Downs Track which provides access to the Car Park. This is quite a scenic and pleasant drive.
Main Points
Point No direct vehicle access to the trailhead is permitted
Point The gate to the trailhead is locked to vehicles. Foot access is OK
Point No direct vehicle access to the trailhead itself is permitted
Point Easy access from the car park to the trailhead by foot
Point Permission is not required to use the Hamilton Downs Track
Point Trailhead at S2/S3 Jay Creek is one of 2 new structures
Point You can drive up to the Locked Gate - definitely 4WD only
Distances
Point Alice Springs - Jay Creek Car Park : 76km
Point Tanami Road Turn off - Jay Creek Car Park: 23.7km
Point Jay Creek Car Park - Trailhead: Approx 4.5km
Point (Jay Creek Car Park - Locked Gate/Fence: 3.4km)
Point ( Locked Gate/Fence - Trailhead : Approx 1.1 km)
 
Turn Off at Tanami Road and Hamilton Downs Track. Image is looking west down the Tanami Road. Sign says Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Image Date: March 2011 Hamilton Downs Track. This track is reasonably well signposted for Larapinta Trail walkers. There is only one main access point to the car park. Image Date: March 2011
Larapinta Trail signage on the Hamilton Downs Track. At this junction, drivers can turn left to access the Jay Creek Car Park or turn right to continue on to Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. Image Date: March 2011 The Jay Creek Car Park as it looked in March 2011 after heavy rains. There is an old interim trailhead at the car park ( centre background in pic). Plenty of car park space. Image Date: March 2011
 
 
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