Please call the contact person for walk details and requirements including walking experience, footwear, clothing, food & water, transport, car pooling cost, and starting time, and register. Leaders will assess your capacity for the walk and have the right to offer alternative walks. Please ensure all walkers sign acknowledgement of risk.
Visitors welcome with $5 visitor fee to be paid to CABA bank account or treasurer. https://centralaustralianbushwalkers.com/walk-planning/visitors/
Grades described https://centralaustralianbushwalkers.com/walk-planning/walking-grades/
||Trephina Gorge: stunning ridge and gorge track in the East Macs
||0435 428 199
||Larapinta Section 1: Great view of Alice Springs from the north
||0435 428 199
No walk scheduled
||Counts Point (Section 8): Striking views of western end of Larapinta Trail
||0417 923 047
||Walk TBA: Contact Nick
||8953 4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org
||Simpson’s Gap East side ridge: Challenging climb to Rungutirba Ridge; return on Section 2
||0429 358 095
||Bond Gap: Mulga woodlands towards Roe Creek tributary from Simpson’s Gap
||0417 814 745
||Todd River Walk: Sandy stroll through River Red Gums towards Wigley Waterhole
||0437 223 203
||South Side Mt Gillen: stunning gorge and views on the southern side of town
||0430 526 925
|Mt Everard: off track but easy and relaxed X-mas morning walk; dogs allowed
|Tues 18 Feb
||0429 358 095
Satellite phone, PLB, GPS and the First Aid kits are with Steve S 0466 244 150 until 26th October, then with Rosalie and Nick (0429 358 095 (Rosalie) or 0435 134 780 (Nick).
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders, please take satellite phone on all walks out of mobile phone coverage.
Last update 25 Sept 2019
1. September 22nd
Steve’s walk at Redbank Gorge has been cancelled.
Ken is leading an alternative walk to the top of Paisley Bluff – Hard and Steep, about 7 hours’ duration.
For the details, please call Ken on: 0430 526 925.
2. September 29th.
Easy walk on Sunday, close to town will be led by Liz, not Jill.
For the details, please call Liz on 0425 772 612.
Walking schedule July to October 2019 has been uploaded under current schedule.
Petroglyphs at N’Dhala Gorge
Burnt woodload with slow regrowth on Section 3
Sunset on the ranges
The Tyuretye/West MacDonnell National Park was extensively burnt at the beginning of 2019.
Much of the Larapinta Trail has been damaged, but has been cleared and is now re-opened.
The red gums and cycads are all sprouting again. The country is still beautiful to walk through.
Southern entrance to Hugh gorge; Larapinta Trail section 5
Hugh gorge along section 5 of the Larapinta Trail
Fallen river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) across the track, Hugh gorge
There is much beauty, still, to appreciate, despite the destruction.
Lunch under the Corkwood (Hakea lorea) ; Ghost Gum Flat, Larapinta trail section 6
Burnt track adjacent to untouched track – Larapinta Trail section 6
Unburnt track – Larapinta Trail section 6
Inarlanga pass – Cycads (Macrozamia macdonnellii, or (a)tywekekwerle) untouched by fire.
It was sad to see grand old trees – entire ecosystems – burnt and fallen and cliffs and hill-sides blackened and singed, but over millenia they must’ve burnt multiple times (maybe less intensely before buffel). They will survive and re-generate.
It may seem like common sense, but all drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This applies on our bushwalks too. To clarify this, the following has been added to the Leader Guidelines:
In terms of the potential of major injury or death, driving to and from the walk is probably the riskiest part of bushwalking. Drivers should put the safety of their passengers (their fellow bushwalkers) first. Stop or share the driving if tired or unwell.
Due to post-walk fatigue, drivers should be ‘Sober Bob’ and refrain from alcohol and other drugs.
As a passenger, please inform the driver to slow down or pull over if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
You can download the full guidelines here.
This article, a curatorial response to the 2012 exhibition, was written and considered for the prestigious national magazine Art Monthly. It was not used.
Cecil Hackett – At the summit of Mt Woodroffe, June 1933 (c) Wakefield Press
When I saw the cover image of Philip Jones’s Images of the interior: seven Central Australian photographers (Wakefield Press 2011), I knew that I needed it for the hybrid art–recreation exhibition I was curating: walking country: 30 years in the arid rangelands, a photographic journey.
Download the full article The art of walking country