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.
Long, undulating walk with some high ground parts
Wallaby Gap is a good halfway rest/overnight option
Good day walk
Easy 2WD access to both trailheads
Euro Ridge, especially early morning or late afternoon.
Morning/afternoon views from Hat Hill Saddle
Scorpion Pool and Fairy Springs
Railway Line (especially if you get to see the Ghan passing by)
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).
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
Trig Hill Loop Walk
Cassia Hill Walk
Hat Hill Summit
Views near Hat Hill Saddle
Alice Springs Telegraph Station
Start point of S1
Trail parallels some of the old Telegraph Line
Trail along Euro Ridge
Common views along S1
Scorpion Pool area
Views of the railway and Alice Springs
Views from the top of Hat Hill Saddle
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.