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The trailhead. The official start point of the Larapinta Trail.
Located on the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve. the trailhead is a simple shelter (see image on left) with basic information about the trail. It is located approx 200m north west from the actual Telegraph Station and just off the main bitumen access road. Public toilets, water taps, kiosk and other facilities are located at the main Telegraph Station area ( called Historic Precinct). No camping facilities or other overnight options.
Key Points
Point Approx 4km from north of Alice Springs
Point Vehicle Access (Gate): Open between 8am and 9pm , 7 Days
Point Foot Access from access road: No restrictions, access anytime
Point Most facilities are located at the main precinct area, away from trailhead
Point NT Park Ranger office in the area.
Point Major visitation area. Expect crowds, tour buses etc
Related Links
Section 1 | Section 1 Campsites NT Parks Website Link external_link
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Facilities TrailheadPark & Trail InformationParkingWaterToiletrsGas BBQShelterFirst Aid FacilitiesTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsRanger StationNo Camping
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 1 In Alice Springs area, easy bitumen access.
Campsites No Nearest campsite - Wallaby Gap
Fees No Only for Telegraph Station tours
Shelter Yes Images on the top left
Water Yes At main visitor area. Tap water from town
Food Storage No None
Parking Yes Not at Trailhead. Main Car Park Only
Vehicle Access Yes 2WD. 8am and 9pm , 7 Days. More info below
Notable Info Yes Rubbish Bins There are rubbish bins here
The Telegraph Station is worth a visit in its own right.
Great shady and grassed areas
Tables and chairs across the reserve
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Alice Springs Telegraph Station Trailhead
Access to Alice Springs Telegraph Station from Alice Springs CBD is approx 4km north via the North Stuart Highway and the Herbert Heritage Drive. If you decide to walk to the Telegraph Station from Alice Springs, one option is to do the Riverside Walk. This walk basically follows the Todd River from town to the Telegraph Station.
The reserve also has a kiosk
Free gas BBQ's and other facilities
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