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Section 1 is the official start point of the Larapinta Trail. This is a long walk along undulating and open country winding its way over creeks, gullies and small features. Euro Ridge is the most scenic and provides excellent views of the surrounding Alice Springs area. Hat Hill Saddle is also quite scenic. The walk can be a little boring at times compared to the rest of the trail but it is a comfortable walk.
 
Snapshot
Point Long, undulating walk with some high ground parts
Point Wallaby Gap is a good halfway rest/overnight option
Point Good day walk
Point Easy 2WD access to both trailheads
Highlights
Point Euro Ridge, especially early morning or late afternoon.
Point Morning/afternoon views from Hat Hill Saddle
Point Scorpion Pool and Fairy Springs
Point Railway Line (especially if you get to see the Ghan passing by)
Related Links
Section 1 Campsites | S1 Trailhead - Telegraph Station
Our Section Star Rating Average
Trail Grade Grade 3 Med: Suitable for fit walkers
Distance (km) 23.8  
Duration (hrs) 9 Comfortable.
Terrain Rocky Rocky, Loose
Gradient Average Undulating. Some steep going
Trail Good Trail is well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Good High exposure to UV. Open country
Camping Fees No  
Campsites Yes S1 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day - Overnight
Telegraph Station TrailheadPark & Trail InformationParkingWaterToiletrsGas BBQShelterFirst Aid FacilitiesTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsRanger StationNo Camping
Wallaby Gap Campground/CampingWaterToiletsShelterTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Simpsons Gap TrailheadTrailhead ShelterPark & Trail InformationCampground/CampingWaterToiletsGas BBQShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsRanger StationNo CampfiresRubbish Bins
No Camping Telegraph Station   No Camping No Campfires
Campground/Camping Wallaby Gap   4-5 tents* No Campfires
Hat Hill Saddle   2-3 Tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Simpsons Gap   3-4 tents* No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
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NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Telegraph Station Trailhead
Telegraph Station is approximately 3km from north of Alice Springs and is accessible by 2WD. It is open between 8am and 9pm all year round. If you arrive outside these times, you can still access the trailhead by foot from the main gate (a couple of hundred meters away).
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Simpsons Gap Trailhead
Access to Simpson Gap is via the sealed Larapinta Drive and can be accessed by conventional 2WD vehicle. Its is approximately 18km west from Alice Springs, and a further 6km off the main road. Simpsons Gap is open to vehicles between 7am and 9pm.
Connected Walks & Trails
Riverside Walk  
Trig Hill Loop Walk  
Cassia Hill Walk  
Off Track
Hat Hill Summit  
Wallaby Gap  
Scorpion Pool  
Fairy Springs  
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Views near Hat Hill Saddle
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Start point of S1
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Trail parallels some of the old Telegraph Line
Trail along Euro Ridge
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Common views along S1
Scorpion Pool area
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Views of the railway and Alice Springs
Views from the top of Hat Hill Saddle
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Video Description: Trail Cam video of Section 1 shows snippets of the trail condition and scenery along this section. Has sound. No fancy video work. Filmed and edited as is. Uploaded on Jul, 2010.
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Video Description: Google Earth Flyover along Section 1.This video provides an idea of what the topography and landscape looks like from the air. (Faint orange line is the trail). Uploaded on Jul 2010
 
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