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Section 11 is a relatively comfortable but long and scenic walk. From Hill Top Lookout to Rocky Bar Gap there are superb views of Mount Sonder. Sunrise views of Mount Sonder from the Hill Top Lookout are just breathtaking. The steep ascent and descent parts of the trail to Hill Top Lookout have been constructed ( in 2013) exceptionally well making the climbs easier on the knees and ankles.
Point One of the longest sections on the trail
Point The ascent to Hilltop Lookout is steep, but well constructed
Point Northern side of Rocky Bar Gap is a nice half way campsite
Point 4WD access onlyt o Redbank Gorge
Point Spectacular 360 views of Mt Sonder from Hilltop Lookout
Point Excellent trail construction for the ascent to Hilltop Lookout
Point Great views of Mt Sonder between Hilltop and Rocky Bar Gap
Point Redbank Gorge
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Section 11 Campsites | S11 Trailhead Finke River
Trail Grade Grade 4 Hard:Suitable for experienced walker
Distance (km) 26  
Duration (hrs) 9.5 2 days will allow a comfortable walk
Terrain Rough Rocky, loose
Gradient Average Steep at Hilltop Lookout
Trail Good Trail is well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Good  
Camping Fees Yes Redbank Gorge ($5.00 per person)
Campsites Yes S11 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day - Overnight
Finke River TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsGas BBQTrailhead ShelterTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Rocky Bar Gap Campsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsNo Campfires
Redbank Car Park TrailheadPark & Trail InformationParkingShelterToiletrsTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Redbank Campsite Campsite/CampgroundWaterNo Campfires
Campsite/Campground Finke River   3-4 tents* No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Hilltop Lookout   3-4 tents* No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Rocky Bar Gap   Open Area No Campfires
Campsite/Campground Redbank Campsite   Open Area No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent
S11 Webpage Coming Soon
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
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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Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Redbank Gorge Trailhead
Approx 160 km west of Alice Springs.  2WD sealed access to Redbank Gorge turn off, via Namatjira Drive. Access to along Redbank Gorge Track is rough gravel.. Larapinta Trail walkers can camp at the Redbank campsite. For everyone else, camping is not permitted in the car park area.
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Connected Walks & Trails
Glen Helen Access Tk  
Off Track
North western descent from Hilltop Lookout. Mount Sonder top right in the distance
Junction to Glen Helen Resort
Typical terrain eastern end of S11
Views from ascent up to Hilltop Lookout
Well constructed trail leading to Hilltop Lkt
Great views on ascent to Hilltop Lkt
Hilltop Lookout views of Mount Sonder
Views of Mt Sonder along S11
Typical terrain on western end of S11




























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