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CURATOR OF LIGHT

The hottest desert on the face of the earth

Think of Australia’s Red Centre and you may picture emblematic attractions such as the soaring ochre monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) or the mysterious wind-blown valleys of The Olgas, all surrounded by shimmering heat and inhospitable desert parchedness. But unknown to many, the area also serves as a backdrop for one of the most impressive long-distance walks in Australia. With 223km of mountain trails, dusty desert tracks and narrow canyons, the Larapinta Trail offers travellers the chance to experience Australia’s pure desert heart in all its enormity. Out here, the peace is complete, the sky is endless and the varied landscapes throw in new challenges each day. You can stand on a ridge and gaze over an endless landscape where nothing is manmade. Traversing this desert territory is both a physical and mental challenge of endurance and isolation; most days you may not see another soul. But if you do, there is plenty of vastness to accommodate all. Desert marvels The Larapinta can be walked end to end – a serious 18- to 20-day odyssey ― or it can be tackled in parts via any of the 12 distinct sections that are connected by Namatjira Drive, a paved road that runs parallel to the MacDonnell Ranges for the length of the route. Road access also means that you can organise food drops to trailhead storage rooms supplied by trail management.


CURATOR OF LIGHT THE HOTTEST DESERT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH

Think of Australia’s Red Centre and you may picture emblematic attractions such as the soaring ochre monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) or the mysterious wind-

With 223km of mountain trails, dusty desert tracks and narrow canyons, the Larapinta Trail offers travellers the chance to experience Australia’s pure desert heart in all its enormity. Out here, the peace is complete, the sky is endless and the varied landscapes throw in new challenges each day.


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