2022 LTTS AND SEASON UPDATES
LTTS News and Updates
2 March 2022
UPDATE: NT Parks Booking System Glitches
Apart from yesterday's system crashing, the new booking system is holding up well considering it is designed for every single NT Parks campsite and walks! Not just Larapinta Trail.
But there are two main glitches affecting LT hikers.
The first is that the Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm campsite cannot be booked at the moment because Ormiston campground is managed by a contractor and Standley Chasm is a private campsite. Parks is working on rectifying this soon.
The second issue is that currently, it's a bit tricky booking a trek that is more than 14 days but it can be done by making two bookings, one covering up to 14 days, the second booking, covering the remaining days.
Both of these glitches, and others ( not recognizing emails), are being looked at by NT Parks right now, so please be patient and don't panic. You can always adjust your booking later. Parks is working hard to get it sorted out.
LTTS Customers: Jump on our LTTS Trailhead community to post questions and share tips. Some good tips from customers are on there now.
If you are experiencing difficulties while using the NT Parks Online booking and permit system or this contact form (https://parkbookings.nt.gov.au/Web/ContactUs.aspx), please contact 1300 281 121 or email email@example.com
1 March 2022
NT Parks Booking System Is Open (and crashing)
The new NT Parks Booking Website is now open: https://parkbookings.nt.gov.au/
As expected the system is very slow due to it being overwhelmed today so expect a lot of 504 Gateway Time-out and Server Error in '/Web' Application messaging - which basically means the system is overwhelmed and crashing. Even if you do manage to log in, the system is looping and not moving forward. But all that is expected for the first few days of the new system.
Keep plugging away, the system will hopefully recover as pressure eases.
If you have any issues and need to talk to Parks contact them here:
08 8951 8250
26 February 2022
LTTS Office is offline from 28 Feb-7 March 2022
Our office will be offline between Monday 28 February and Monday 7 March. We are back on deck Tuesday 8 March. Online bookings can still be made but email and phone support will be very limited in that time.
25 February 2022
Larapinta Trail Permit / Booking System Opens 1 March
The NT Parks Permit and Bookings system is opening Tuesday. Get in early and lock in your permits. More info here: https://depws.nt.gov.au/parks-and-wildlife-commission/changes-to-our-parks/online-booking-system
25 February 2022
Larapinta Trail Temporarily Closed for Repairs
NT Parks has closed the trail as it works toward repairing roads, tracks, and insfrastrucutre across the Tjoritja/WestMacs National Park and the Larapinta Trail. The damage was caused by recent floods. It is anticipated that Parks will open portions of the trail gradually and hopes to open the trail and national park by 1 April 2022.
The official NT Park website, which should be the main source of all official updates, is a bit backward and no clear and formal information has been released about the trail closure. So you need to rely on hearsay and media until Parks makes a formal announcement which it probably won't because it hasn't already. It has quietly made updates on its websites but you need to know where to look. There is nothing on the NT Parks Larapinta Trail Current Conditions webpage as at 5pm 25 Feb where the info should be but is located on the West Macs Page instead which most hikers wont look.
If your hike is starting in March you may want to contact Parks about what that means for your permit and start options. Contact them here: 08 8951 8250 firstname.lastname@example.org If you have pre-registered your hike they should technically be contacting you and providing an update. But don't wait for that, contact them first.
21 February 2022
Unvaccinated Travellers Allowed into NT from 18 Feb
It has been done quietly by the NT Government, but restrictions for unvaccinated travelers into the NT have been revoked. Read the ABC article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-18/unvaccinated-travellers-can-enter-nt-under-covid-rule-change/100844500
8 February 2022
New PLB model available for Hire: Rescue Me PLB 1
Coming in at 166g that can fit in the palm of your hand is the RescueMe PLB now available for hire with LTTS in 2022. Contact us for more info or booking inquiries.
PLB hire is only available to LTTS Customers and Alice Springs locals
28 January 2022
New LTTS Equipment Hire Website Launching Soon
Our new equipment hire website is launching in a couple of weeks. This will allow LTTS customers and Alice Springs locals to book and hire a wide range of equipment for their Larapinta Trail or any other trek across Australia. Equipment for hire will include tents, packs, stoves, mats, tarps, bivvies, trekking poles, and much more. A wide range of brands will be included, from mid-tier to top tier
4 January 2022
New Larapinta Trail Permit System Opens 1 March 2022
From 1 March there will be an official permit system for walking the Larapinta Trail.
Read more about this on our blog here: https://www.treksupport.com.au/post/new-for-2021-trail-and-campsite-fees-for-larapinta-trail
3 Jan 2022
Special Booking Conditions for 2022
When you book for the 2022 season the special conditions we had for 2020 and 2021 COVID conditions will remain the same for 2022. This will provide our customers with some clarity and security for their booking. Below are the specific terms if you make a booking for the 2022 Season and if need to cancel or change your dates due to border issues, COVID etc that could affect your booking:
If you can't make it because of border closures or travel restrictions, you can:
change your dates ( at no extra cost for use in 2022, 2023 or 2024) or,
place your booking on hold ( at no extra cost for use in 2022, 2023 or 2024) or,
convert your booking into a credit ( at no extra cost for use in 2022, 2023 or 2024)
If you want to cancel your booking entirely a 30% cancellation* fee will apply to your entire booking. The 30% fee will be offered as a credit for any future re-bookings in 2022, 2023 or 2024.
*The 30% fee covers the costs used to prepare for your booking. A lot of work is set in motion once you book i.e. populating our database with your booking and trek file; populating our health and safety systems with your details; preparing your containers; printing your container stickers and tracking ID; inputting your container tracking and delivery detail into our logistics software; rostering staff; setting aside vehicles and many other factors. Of course, we can't do these things for free. They cost money, time and need to be done in order to deliver the service you expect and deserve. Staff also need to be paid for that. Staff who were rostered for your dates, still need to be paid for those commitments