Glen Helen Homestead Lodge an outback oasis...
Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
an outback
oasis...

Planning for The Larapinta Trail

With summer upon us a visit to The West MacDonnell Ranges is now more about swimming in the natural water holes than long treks on The Larapinta Trail however, now is the perfect time to plan ahead so that you are ready for the big walk when the cool weather returns. Whether you plan to walk just a few sections or the whole trail, planning is key to a successful visit, here are just a few things you will need to consider.

Getting Here: Most people fly into Alice Springs Airport then make their way out to the West Mac’s to begin the walk but when you are making travel plans don’t forget to allow for excess luggage which can be very costly.

Trail Transfers: Whether you choose to walk the traditional way from Alice Springs to Mt Sonder or in reverse, completing the walk in Alice Springs you will still require a transfer from one end to the other. Even the most adventurous would not want to walk back again. Glen Helen Homestead Lodge offers a range of transfers taking you all the way between Alice Springs and Mt Sonder, or just between various sections of the trail.

The Right Gear: If you are going to carry it, wear it and live off it for the full 12 sections, you better be sure you are comfortable with it! Getting the right gear means the difference between a great adventure or weeks of wishing you could go back home. Take your time to find the right equipment and consider all possible weather conditions, despite being in the desert, temperatures can drop to freezing overnight in winter and you don’t want to waste energy on keeping warm. Don’t forget to drop into The Lone Dingo in Alice Springs for any last minute purchases.

Health & Fitness: It goes without saying that if you are going to do the walk you want to be certain that you are healthy and fit enough to make it to the end. Get professional advice to create an effective training schedule and inform your doctor of your plans, he or she will likely have some useful suggestions.

Food & Water: It’s a strange thing being in the middle of nowhere and not being able to rely on your fridge or kitchen tap for food and water and the complete lack of supplies is normally what surprises inexperienced walkers the most. Plan your food and water supplies by ensuring you know the location of all suitable drinking water sources along the trail, carry purification tablets to help avoid sickness and arrange food drops along the way to lighten your load and ensure you stick to a rationing system. Don’t forget to add some extra treats to your food drops, your favorite snack will mean so much more when you are hungry and tired in the middle of nowhere.

Maps & Information: While you are walking a marked trail, it is essential to carry up to date maps and information to ensure you know what to expect from each section. The last thing you want is to find yourself doubling back several kilometers because you have realised you will never make the next campground before dark.

Memories: You’ve walked it, you feel amazing and you want everyone to know about it. You won’t have phone service for most of the walk but you can definitely fit in a small point and shoot camera to record your adventure. If there is any advice you should take it is never to get so caught up in the task of walking that you fail to take in everything that is around you, that is the real reason you are there.

Remember that planning is half the fun so take the time to get professional advice, do your research and get excited about your big adventure.

For any further information on food drops or transfers contact us at reception to see how we can help.

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Testimonial3

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were amazed to find a terrific restaurant here and had a fabulous meal which would be worth driving out from Alice for, even if you weren’t staying over. Thoroughly recommended. PS Please ask the tour bus operators not to de-stone their dual wheels in front of the bowser!

A friendly oasis

2015-05-22T10:49:48+00:00

A friendly oasis

We arrived from the west, so the place felt like the middle of nowhere, but really it is only 45 minutes easy drive from Alice Springs. The staff were friendly and helpful; the room was cozy but small and not real flash, however this is an unpretentious place and the value was there. We were View Full →

Testimonia2

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the rooms small and cozy, but very clean and the staff were really friendly and kind. The evening meal was superb, the music in the evening was very fitting and could be enjoyed outside on the patio as well. The sandwiches we got the next day to take with us were the best sandwiches we had all trip. All in all avery simple but very nice and authentic resort.

Authentic Outback

2015-05-12T10:07:21+00:00

Authentic Outback

Glen Helen Resort was one of our stops on our travels through the Outback. all hotels were pre-arranged and we didn’t really now what to expect. Glen Helen Resort was out first Outback stop along the red centre way, and provided us with a with a real outback feeling. The Resort is very simple, the View Full →

Testimonial1

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live music in the evening, a toy box in the reception area for children, old books and magazines and after days of eating over priced chewy pizzas the restaurant was like arriving in heaven! Proof that you can have nice food in a remote location – we were looking forward to dinner every night and enjoyed kangaroo, camel sausages and crocodile spring rolls matched with great Aussie wines. It was the one place we would have loved to have stayed longer – the images speak for themselves. Will be back for sure.

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

2015-05-12T10:06:47+00:00

Loved it – great food in the outback!!!

Of all the places we stayed during our one week trip around Alice Springs this is the only place I would love to go back to. I do not care that there is no television, no air con and pretty simple accommodation. The atmosphere is lovely and personal, there was a roaring fire and live View Full →

Testimonial4

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the Ormiston Gorge Helicopter flight, just jaw droppingly beautiful – I think the pilot thought our microphones weren’t working, when in fact we were just speechless!

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

2015-05-22T10:50:57+00:00

Jaw droppingly Beautiful

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we enjoyed our recent stay at Glen Helen, such a stunning location, friendly atmosphere, super service and great food – and accommodation, while as advised was basic, we found it spotlessly clean and all we really needed was there for an overnight stop. The highlight was the View Full →