The first section opened in 1990 is the most popular walk, due to the ease of access. This is a 23 km overnight walk from the
Telegraph Station to
Simpsons Gap. The western parts of this section pass through the catchment head of the
Finke River, believed to be one of the world’s oldest rivers, having taken shape over 100 million years ago. The section ends on one of central Australia’s highest peaks,
Mount Sonder, and at 1,380 m offers fantastic views. A bush walker’s camping area, with basic facilities, has been established about halfway at the scenic Wallaby Gap.
Bush walkers can join or leave the trail at a number of access points at various intervals along its route. Trail markers guide you on route and there are camping sites with basic facilities at the more frequently used sections of the
trail. Elsewhere the campsites will be marked, but no facilities provided. Campers and bush walkers should abide by the
“carry in, carry out” principle of taking all rubbish with you.
If carrying a big pack does not appeal to you, there are other options including tours, where you are met at night by dinner and a swag.
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