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Serpentine Gorge, early morning shot.
The Serpentine Gorge Trailhead is the official start point of Section 8. The trailhead is located at the main car park area and consists of a trail information board only. The facilities are scattered between the car park area and the trail shelter which is about 600m north east of the carpark. The actual gorge is located about 800m north of the car park which can be accessed easily by foot. The new large sheltered trailhead was built in 2013. The shelter can only be used by Larapinta Trail hikers.
Key Points
Point Approx 100 km west of Alice Springs
Point Access to turn off via the sealed Namatjira Road
Point 5km track into Serpentine Gorge is gravel, unsealed
Point Popular visitation point. Expect some crowds.
Point New trail shelter
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Section 8 Campsites | Section 8
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Facilities TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsNo Campfires
Trailhead Type Information shelter only. Located at the car park
Size Small Information shelter only.
Crowd Factor Med Popular area but not too bad
Remoteness 4 Easy access, off the highway
Campsites Yes See S8 Campsites page
Fees No .
Shelter Yes Small shelter at carpark. Large trail shelter
Water Yes Located at trail campsite/shelter
Food Storage No  
Parking Yes .
Vehicle Access Yes AWD OK. See below. Rocky dirt road access
Notable Info Yes New trail shelter built in 2013
Comments No .
The trailhead information baord at Serpentine Gorge Car Park
New shelter at campsite area
Unisex bush toilet at campsite
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Serpentine Gorge Trailhead
The Serpentine Gorge Trailhead is approx 100km west of Alice Springs and can be accessed via the sealed Larapinta & Namatjira Drives. Access from the Namatjira Road to the car park is via a 5km rocky dirt track. The trailhead information board is located at the car park. The trail shelter and campsite is located approx 600m north east of the car park.
Serpentine Gorge Car Park
Bush toilet at the car park area
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