Ormiston Gorge
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Section 10 is a pleasant day walk offering nice scenery and views. The best scenery along this section is at the start (Ormiston end) of the walk. It is also a windy and undulating walk from the gorge to Hilltop Lookout. From the lookout onwards the area flattens out a little. There are a number of creek and river crossings to complete, but these almost always dry. The views of Mount Sonder in the distance are great. Ormiston Gorge is magnificent and offers some nice side walks such as the Ormiston Pound Walk.
 
Snapshot
Point Shortest section on the Larapinta Trail
Point Undulating and easy going
Point Easy 2WD access to Ormiston Gorge
Point Nice day walk option (particularly early morning or afternoon)
Highlights
Point Ormiston Gorge ( & Ormiston Pound Walk. Connected walk)
Point Views of Mount Sonder along the trail
Point Nice trailhead shelter at Finke River
Point Typical Red Centre creeks/rivers lined with old Red Gum tree's
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Section 10 Campsites | S10 Trailhead Ormiston Gorge
S11 Trailhead - Finke River
Our Section Star Rating Average
Trail Grade Grade 3 Med: Suitable for a wide range of hikers
Distance (km) 9.1  
Duration (hrs) 4 Comfortable. Short Section
Terrain Solid Mostly compacted earth.
Gradient Average Undulating. Easy going.
Trail Good Trail is well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Good Good. Mostly along river beds.
Camping Fees Yes Ormiston Gorge ($10.00 per person)
Campsites Yes S10 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day
Ormiston Gorge TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsGas BBQShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsShowerRanger StationKioskRubbish BinsFood Storage
Finke River TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsGas BBQTrailhead ShelterTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
  Name Images Capacity  
Campsite/Campground Ormiston Gorge   Open Area No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Finke River   3-4 tents* No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
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Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Ormiston Gorge Trailhead
The Ormiston Gorge Trailhead is located 135 km west of Alice Springs. Access is via the sealed Larapinta and Namatjira Drives. Easy sealed access by 2WD all the way to the main Ormiston Gorge car park.
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Getting to Finke River Trailhead
There is no public vehicle access to the Finke River Trailhead. Access to the trail is from either Glen Helen Resort or the Finke River Two Mile Camping area ( which can be accessed by 4WD only from Namatjira Drive).
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Connected Walks & Trails
Ormiston Pound Walk  
Ghost Gum Walk  
Glen Helen Access Tk  
Off Track
Bowman Gap  
Mount Giles  
Section 10 Larapinta Trail
Ormiston Gorge
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Ormiston Gorge
Common dry creek bed crossings on S10
Section 10 Larapinta Trail Section 10 Larapinta Trail
Common views along S10
Section 10 trail is well defined
Section 10 Larapinta Trail Section 10 Larapinta Trail
Common views along S10
Common views along S10
Section 10 Larapinta Trail Section 10 Larapinta Trail
Background views of Mt Sonder
Hilltop Lookout
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