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Art Expedition Larapinta

Art Expedition Larapinta

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the highlights of the Larapinta Trail including the stunning scenery Chewings Range, Standley Chasm and Simpson's Gap
  • Unleash your artistic potential with the help of Artistic Director Michael Herron
  • Explore the vibrant colour of one of Albert Namatjiras favourite locations, the stunning Ormiston Pound
  • Spend your evenings relaxing in exclusive award-winning eco-campsites

Trip Summary

The Larapinta Trail and the high-ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges is one of the most picturesque and distinctive landscapes in Australia.

Follow in the footstep of Albert Namatjira and seek your own expression of this ancient land. We follow an itinerary that will allow artists to spend time a wide range of stunning locations, beyond the reach of casual visitors. You will need to carry only a day pack, as a support vehicle will transport all luggage and supplies between campsites. There will also be plenty of time to reflect on the variety of the land or undertake some optional guided walks.

We will experience views from the high ridge-line to narrow canyons where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow from the dry rivers of sand. Sydney artist Michael Herron will act as artistic director, providing guidance for artists to achieve their full creative potential


We pick you up from your accommodation between 7am and 7.30am. Our artistic field trip begins with a morning session at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, which marks the beginning of the Larapinta Trail. The stone buildings here date back to 1872 and they housed the first Europeans to live in Central Australia. In the afternoon we will transfer to our exclusive permanent camp in hills near Simpson's Gap, enjoying the comfortable facilities and the magnificent vista looking down the Alice Valley.

Meals:  L,D

We will set up for the morning in locations around the spectacular Simpsons Gap if we are lucky we may catch sight of a shy Echidna or Black-footed Rock Wallaby. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where we can walk to some extraordinary locations deep within the rugged heart of Standley Chasm. We transfer to Charlies Camp, our permanent camp nestled in the foothills near Counts Point

Meals:  B,L,D

We will explore some more exceptional locations in the gorges and canyons of the Chewings Range, Ellery Creek and Serpentine Gorge. We will camp at our exclusive Charlies Camp nestled in the hills near Serpentine Chalet Dam

Meals:  B,L,D

We have a full day in the Serpentine Chalet Dam area and the nearby Ochre Pits allowing us to make the most of the desert wilderness for inspiration. In the afternoon we will transfer to our new permenent camp near Rocky Bar Gap at the base of Mount Sonder

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we explore the vibrant colour of one of Albert Namatjiras favourite locations, the stunning Ormiston Pound with its great red cliffs and serene desert waterhole. We return to our permanent camp at the foot of another Namatjira subject, Mount Sonder

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will take viewpoints toward the unmistakable eastern flanks of Mt Sonder, known as the pregnant lady by the local Aranda people. In the afternoon we return to Alice Springs where the trip concludes around 5pm

Meals:  B,L,D

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • semi permanent campsites and all facilities
  • all National Park and camping fees
  • emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • artistic direction with Michael Herron

What's Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Adelaide prior and post trip
  • Artist supplies
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping bags (these can be hired for $20 ea)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • art supplies

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Day Walking
Artists Excursions
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:AXL
Prices From:AUD$2895

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Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group wilderness adventures, including the Larapinta Trail. We are part of the World Expeditions Travel Group.

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