Mount Sonder

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Overview

Highlights

Mt Sonder is the highest point in the West MacDonnell Ranges. It marks the western end of the Larapinta Trail, a 231 kilometres walking trail that extends from Alice Springs. Walk the challenging trail to the top of Mt Sonder, at 1,380 metres above sea level, for spectacular views across the ranges and the surrounding plains. The trail can be accessed from the Larapinta Trail or from Redbank Gorge car park. Look for local wildlife, including the Grey-headed honeyeater, the desert mouse and termite tunnels on spinifex.
 Near the summit the vegetation changes and the round-leafed mallee and native pine become more prevalent on the high slopes and stony cliffs. Look for the wide range of birds of prey, such as the Wedge-tailed eagle and the Peregrine falcon and wood swallows circling the summit, riding the thermal updraughts. Pitch a tent at the Ridgetop or Woodland camping areas at Redbank Gorge (fees apply).

Activities

  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography

Facilities

  • Lookout
  • Walking trail

Important Information

Guidelines

  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions. 
  • Ensure you observe all safety signs, and be aware that whenever you are near water in the NT, there is a risk of crocs! Crocodile warning signs and Crocodile Management Zones are not found everywhere.
  • Wear suitable footwear and always ensure to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements when exploring the Northern Territory.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Do not feed the wildlife.
  • Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but memories.

Photo credits: NT Government


Location & Supplier

Mount Sonder, West MacDonnell Ranges

Address: Mount Sonder, Northern Territory 0870

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