Rocky Bar Gap

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Rocky Bar Gap is a shady spot favoured by walkers of the Larapinta Trail. Located along Section 11 of the 223 kilometre Larapinta Trail, it is a good place to take a break or camp for the night.

The trail to Rocky Bar Gap descends from Hilltop Lookout on the northern side then winds across low spinifex hills and mulga woodland and knobbly black rock before arriving at the shady gap. The trail passes south through Rocky Bar Gap then heads west along the foot of Mt Sonder.

At various points along the way you may see distinctive knobbly black rock, which is part of a fossil soil and the remains of an iron oxide capping formed on the land surface millions of year ago when the climate in this area was tropical.

Camping is permitted, but there is no vehicle access to this site.

Section 11 of the Larapinta Trail is graded as hard – a rough and narrow track with some steep and/or long climbs and descents, suitable for fit people with previous bushwalking experience.


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