Larapinta Trail, S2: Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek
Arrernte Country

7 h 30 min to 2 days

25.7 km
oneway

↑ 573 m
↓ -449 m

Hard track
Starting from the end of Darken Drive, Burt Plain, this walk takes you to the Jay Creek Campsite via the Larapinta Trail (Section 2), visiting Bond Gap and Spring Gap along the way. This is the second section of the 223km long Larapinta Trail. This part of the Larapinta offers you a tranquil, remote experience as you head under mulgas and red river gums. Notice the contrast between the red rockfaces and the vivid green plants as you’re making your way through Bond Gap. Spring Gap on the other hand has little waterholes here and there that make the scenery even more picturesque. Keep an ear out for the birdsong throughout the track and try to identify the species if you can. The Arenge Bluff will present its southern face to you as well. You can stay the night at the Mulga Campsite midway and make this a multi-day walk. Keep in mind that you’ll need a 4WD vehicle to access the Jay Creek 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. 
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Full Journey Larapinta Trail
Start (-23.6785843,133.7176157)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Telegraph Terrace, 87
  • Turn on to 6 then drive for 25 m
  • Continue onto Larapinta Drive, 6 and drive for another 850 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Larapinta Drive, 6 and drive for another 880 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Larapinta Drive, 6 and drive for another 14.2 km
  • Turn right onto Darken Drive and drive for another 1.1 km
  • Turn slight left onto Darken Drive and drive for another 5.5 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 45 m
Finish (-23.664054,133.5387869)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (You'll need a 4WD vehicle to acces the Jay Creek trailhead.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Larapinta Trail Information Shelter (Section 2 Trailhead), Simpsons Gap, head west along the singular dirt track, following the signage for Larapinta Trail (Section 2). Stay on the said track as it veers left, passing by the campsite and toilet (to your left). Follow the designated track as it meanders westward to continue along Larapinta Trail, S2: Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
Larapinta Trail Information (about 15 m back from the start).
After 35 m pass the toilet (20 m on your right).
After another 135 m come to the "Larapinta Group Camping".
After another 5 m continue straight.
After another 6 m pass the shelter (on your left).
After another 225 m pass the toilet (55 m on your left).
Then pass the water tap (70 m on your left).
Then come to the "Larapinta Walkers Campsite" (90 m on your left).
After another 7.6 km (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 2 & Woodland Trail) veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Bond Gap where you can see some contrast in colour as mentioned in the description. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km turn left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.5 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.2 km come to the "Arenge View".
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Mulga Campsite where there are picnic tables & seats and a toilet. Set amidst Mulga trees -- hence the name-- , this site features a softer flat surface. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.4 km veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 2.6 km find the "Spring Gap" (on your right).
Spring Gap
Spring Gap

Featuring lovely litle waterholes that are best viewed after some decent rain, Spring Gap offers you a tranquil & shaded resting spot if you'd like to pause and take in the scenery.
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Featuring lovely litle waterholes that are best viewed after some decent rain, Spring Gap offers you a tranquil & shaded resting spot if you'd like to pause and take in the scenery.

After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 6.7 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 2.
After another 135 m come to a sign.
About 120 m past the end is "Larapinta Trail Information".
About 125 m past the end is a water tap.
About 130 m past the end is "Jay Creek".
About 140 m past the end is a toilet.
The end.

This little side trip takes you to the Bond Gap where you can see some contrast in colour as mentioned in the description.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 140 m come to "Bond Gap".
Bond Gap
Bond Gap

Featuring warm red rockfaces and lively green plants, Bond Gap offers you a picturesque and remote experience.
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Featuring warm red rockfaces and lively green plants, Bond Gap offers you a picturesque and remote experience.

The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 140 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to Mulga Campsite where there are picnic tables & seats and a toilet. Set amidst Mulga trees -- hence the name-- , this site features a softer flat surface.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 130 m come to "Mulga Camp".
A water tap.
About 15 m past the end is a toilet.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 130 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Larapinta Trail, S2: Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 25.7 km
Time 7 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 4 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 16 km.

Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 8.6 km apart with the largest gap of 25.6 km.

Toilet: There are 4 on route, on average they are 5.2 km apart with the largest gap of 16 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
-13 mLarapinta Trail Information
Toilet
20 m[toilet]
Camp site
155 mLarapinta Group Camping
Shelter
165 m[shelter]
Toilet
390 m[toilet]
Camp site
390 mLarapinta Walkers Campsite
Camp site
16.2 kmMulga Camp
Toilet
16.2 km[toilet]
Camp site
25.8 kmJay Creek
Toilet
25.8 km[toilet]
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