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Section 3 is a great trek through the magnificent Chewings Ranges. There are two options for walking Section 3: the hard way and the 'easier' way. The hard way involves taking the ‘alternate high route’ which rewards walkers with great views and scenery, but requires some difficult ascents and descents. The standard and easier 'low route' traverses over and through rocky and narrow gorges and creek beds which is not as hard as the high route, but still tough on the feet and ankles (and not as scenic).
Point High route offers great views
Point Some clambering over boulders and narrow gorges involved
Point Some hard steep ascents and descents
Point Easy vehicle access to Standley Chasm (2WD)
Point High route 360 degree views
Point Trailhead shelter at Jay Creek
Point Pleasant walking between Fish Hole and Tangentyere Junction
Point Awesome views near Angkale Junction area
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Section 3 Campsites | S3 Trailhead - Jay Creek
Jay Creek Access Track
Trail Grade Grade 4 Hard: Fit and experienced walkers
Distance (km) 13.6  
Duration (hrs) 5.5 Comfortable. Allow Sightseeing
Terrain Rocky Rocky, Loose
Gradient Hilly Uphill/Downhill; Steep in places
Trail Good Trail is reasonably well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Average  
Camping Fees Yes Standley Chasm $15 per night/pp
Campsites Yes S3 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Day - Multiday - Extended
Jay Creek TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterParkingToiletsShelterTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsTrailhead ShelterNo Campfires
Standley Chasm TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterParkingToiletsShelterFirst Aid FacilitiesTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsShowerKioskFood StoragePay Phone
Campground/Camping Jay Creek   4-5 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Millers Flat   2-3 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Standley Chasm   4-5 tents* Open Fire Place
    * Average 2 person size tent
S3 Webpage Coming Soon
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
4WD Access Only Getting to Jay Creek Trailhead
The Jay Creek Trailhead is approx 76km from Alice Springs, half of which is 4WD only. It takes about a couple of hours to get there from Alice Springs via the Tanami Road and the Old Hamilton’s Downs track.
Jay Creek Access Webpage
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Standley Chasm Trailhead
Standley Chasm is about 50km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed by 2WD via the sealed Larapinta Drive. Gates are open between 8am – 5pm. You can leave your vehicle here but you may need to pay a fee to do so. This is a private property. There is a small fee for access to the chasm itself.
Connected Walks & Trails
Alt. High Route  
Standley Chasm Walk  
Scenic Loop Walk  
Off Track
Chewings Range Traverse  
Section 3 Larapinta Trail
Rugged terrain close to Standley Chasm
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Fish Hole, Jay Creek
Views of Chewings Range
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Low route terrain of boulders and creeks
Easy going at eastern end of S3
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Junction for High or Low Route
Views from High Route
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Superb views of Chewings Range
Close to Standley Chasm


























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