Larapinta Trail, S10: Ormiston Gorge to Finke River
3 h to 4 h
Starting from the car park at the end of Ormiston Gorge Access Road, Mount Zeil, this walk takes you to the Finke River via the Larapinta Trail (Section 10), visiting Hilltop Lookout along the way. This is the tenth section of the 223km long Larapinta Trail. This is the shortest section of the Larapinta which is quite undemanding, yet it lacks nothing in the aspect of view. From the Hilltop Lookout and throughout the walk, you’ll have exceptional views of Mount Sonder. Remember to cool off in the welcoming waters of the Ormiston Gorge Waterhole as well. There are multiple creek and river crossings but these will usually feel like you’re walking on a beach with soft sand as the creeks are typically dry. Look out for the veteran red gum trees along the river/creek beds. There aren’t any designated campsites midway, but the campsites at both trailheads have water, shelter and toilets. Keep in mind that there is no vehicle access to the Finke River trailhead. Let us begin by acknowledging the Arrernte people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.