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The trailhead. Close to the road, toilet and public area.
The Simpsons Gap Trailhead is the official start point of Section 2. The recently built trailhead (2014) is located approx 400m from the ablution block/main car park area and can be accessed via the Larapinta Trail.. Simpsons Gap is a scenic gorge and waterhole and is popular with visitors to the national park. There is easy 2WD access to the trailhead.
Key Points
Point 24km west of Alice Springs. 2WD access via the sealed Larapinta Dve
Point Vehicle Access (Gate): Open between 7am and 9pm, 7 Days, all year.
Point Foot Access from highway turn off: No restrictions, access anytime
Point No camping unless walking the Larapinta Trail
Point NT Park Ranger officel located near the visitor information centre.
Point Major park visitation point. Expect crowds, tour buses etc
Related Links
Section 2 Campsites | Section 2 | NT Parks Website Link external_link
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TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletsGas BBQShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsRubbish BinsRanger StationNo Campfires
Trailhead Type Bow Shelter, simple. Scattered & shared facilities.
Size Small Bow shelter only.
Crowd Factor High Major park visitation area i.e. tours, buses etc
Remoteness 2 24km from Alice Spngs. Easy bitumen access.
Campsites Yes See S2 Campsites page
Fees No .
Shelter Yes Images on the left
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Food Storage No  
Parking Yes Infobit about overnight vehicle parking
Vehicle Access Yes 2WD. 7am and 9pm, 7 Days. More info below
Notable Info Yes Rubbish Bins There are rubbish bins here !
The old campsite is about 200m from trailhead along Section 2 of the trail.
Very basic campsite facilities
Cleared tent pad
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Simpson Gap Trailhead
Access to Simpson Gap is via the sealed Larapinta Drive and can be accessed by conventional 2WD vehicle. Its is approximately 18km west from Alice Springs, and a further 6km off the main road along the sealed Darken Drive.. Simpsons Gap is open to vehicles between 7am and 9pm.
Public area toilets and water tanks
Main public area car park
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