A new multi-day walking fee will be introduced to the Larapinta Trail (and all extended trails in the Northern Territory) from 1 March 2022. The fees are applicable to both adults and children. A breakdown of the fees is as follows:
- $25 per person per night overnight walk fee, up to a maximum of $125 per person (i.e after 5 nights the fee does not increase)
- $4 per person per night camping fee. Please note these fees only apply to NT Parks and Wildlife campsites. Private operators such as Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Homestead set their own fees.
This means the cost per person to walk the Larapinta Trail end to end will cost $125 plus $4 for each night camped at NT Parks campsites.
Fees will be payable via an online booking system which is yet to be activated but should be up and running by March 2022. Once established the booking system will require you to print the permit and carry it with you on your walk. The booking system will limit the amount of permits that will be issued.
These fees provide NT Parks and Wildlife with the funding for upkeep of the Larapinta Trail. Fees are only relevant to multiday walks, meaning day trips to NT Parks are still free.
For more information see the NT Parks & Wildlife website.
NOTE: Parks & Wildlife Commission have implemented a temporary registration system for walkers intending to walk the trail between March and the end of June 2022. By ‘pre-booking’ you will be guaranteed a spot on the trail and can go ahead with making your travel arrangements before making the formal booking when the system goes live in March. To make a ‘pre-booking’ email: email@example.com
If you are intending to walk from July onwards you will be required to make your booking via the booking system when it gets up in March.