Larapinta Trail, S11: Finke River to Redbank Gorge
Arrernte Country

9 h 30 min to 2 days

26.4 km
oneway segment

↑ 674 m
↓ -619 m

Hard track
Starting from the campsite along Finke River, Macdonnell, this walk takes you to Redbank Gorge via the Larapinta Trail (Section 11), passing through Rocky Bar Gap along the way. This is the eleventh section of the 223km long Larapinta Trail. As you get closer to Mount Sonder (considering you’re coming from the east) it becomes more detailed and stunning. The Hilltop Lookout offers you 360-degree views over the surrounding land. Spend the night here if you’d like to see what Mt Sonder looks like as the sun rises, or make camp at Rocky Bar Gap to have access to water tanks and toilets. The gradient is quite harsh around the lookout yet the track is well made and maintained. Keep in mind that there is no vehicle access to the Finke River trailhead and only high clearance 4WD access to Redbank Gorge trailhead. Also, the camping area at Redbank Gorge requires a fee of $5 per person. 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
Segment This is part of longer journey and can not be completed on it is own.
Full Journey Larapinta Trail
Start At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & Larapinta Trail Section 10 (-23.6579339,132.6783902)
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 44.3 km
  • Turn right onto Namatjira Drive, 2 and drive for another 84.4 km
  • Turn sharp right and drive for another 2.5 km
  • Keep left and drive for another 400 m
Finish (-23.5774963,132.5187757)
Mode (end) Car   (Keep in mind that there is no vehicle access to the Finke River trailhead and only high clearance 4WD access to Redbank Gorge trailhead.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Larapinta Finke River Campsite, head west and cross the riverbed along the marked dirt track, moving directly away from the campsite. About 770 metres in, keep right at the 3-way intersection to continue along Larapinta Trail, S11: Finke River to Redbank Gorge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & Larapinta Trail Section 10 Start heading along Larapinta Trail Section 11 (a walking track).
Larapinta Trail Information (about 70 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 65 m back from the start).
Finke River camp site (about 65 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start).
After 170 m cross the ford.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
After another 510 m pass the "Glen Helen Junction".
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 11 & The Larapinta Trail) veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 1.4 km continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 2.2 km cross the ford.
After another 5.6 km come to the "Hilltop Lookout" (9 m on your right).
Then come to the camp site (15 m on your right).
After another 4.4 km veer left, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 600 m come to the "Rocky Bar Gap" (7 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11.
After another 40 m pass the water tap (6 m on your left).
After another 50 m pass the toilet (50 m on your left).
After another 10.8 km pass the sign.
At the intersection of Larapinta Trail Section 12 & Larapinta Trail Section 11 continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 270 m cross the ford.
After another 100 m come to the "Larapinta Trail Camping" (35 m on your left).
Then pass the "Larapinta Trail Water" (35 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11-12.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Redbank Gorge Walk & Larapinta Trail Section 11-12) continue straight, to head along Larapinta Trail Section 11 to 12.
After another 75 m come to a toilet.
"Larapinta Trail Information".
About 15 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 20 m past the end is "Redbank Gorge".
The end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Larapinta Trail, S11: Finke River to Redbank Gorge


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 26.4 km
Time 9 h 30 min to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
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 5.3 km apart with the largest gap of 11.2 km.

Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 8.8 km apart with the largest gap of 26.4 km.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 6.6 km apart with the largest gap of 15.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
-70 mLarapinta Trail Information
Camp site
-63 mFinke River camp site
Toilet
-28 m[toilet]
Camp site
10 km[camp site]
Camp site
15 kmRocky Bar Gap
Toilet
15.1 km[toilet]
Camp site
26.3 kmLarapinta Trail Camping
Toilet
26.4 km[toilet]
Shelter
26.4 kmLarapinta Trail Information
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