Art Expedition Larapinta

Art Expedition Larapinta

Trip Highlights

  • Unleash your full artistic potential with the help of Artistic Director Michael Herron
  • Explore the vibrant colour of one of Albert Namatjira's favourite locations, the stunning Ormiston Pound
  • Spend your evenings relaxing in exclusive award-winning eco-campsites while your guides prepare delicious meals
  • Experience for yourself the endless painting inspiration within the West MacDonnell National Park, including Ochre Pits, Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap
  • Travel with like-minded people in a relaxing and supportive environment

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 footsteps of Albert Namatjira and seek your own expression of this ancient land.

We follow an itinerary that allows artists to spend time in a wide range of stunning locations, beyond the reach of casual visitors. There will also be plenty of time to reflect on the variety of the land or undertake some optional guided walks. Each evening we stay in comfort at our award-winning semi-permanent wilderness campsites, where you can relax around the campfire as your guides prepare delicious meals.

We will experience views from high peaks to narrow canyons, where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow. 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 7-7:30am. 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 semi-permanent camp nestled amongst hills near Simpsons 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 an Echidna or the rare Black-footed Rock Wallaby. A short transfer takes us west to the stunning Standley Chasm. Here we can walk to some extraordinarily picturesque locations deep within and above the red-rock heart of the Chasm. We transfer to Charlies Camp, our semi-permanent camp set in the foothills near Counts Point.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will explore some more exceptional painting locations in the gorges and canyons of the Chewings Range, Ellery Creek and Serpentine Gorge. These important waterholes attract a huge range of wonderful birdlife, and the colours of the gorges change dramatically throughout the day. This evening we return to Charlies camp where you can relax around the campfire while your guides prepare another scrumptious meal.

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. The cliff at the Ochre Pits is a sculptural, wave-like rock face blushing with a rainbow of rich, earthy hues; an artist's dream! In the afternoon we will transfer to our new semi-permanent camp near Rocky Bar Gap at the base of Mount Sonder, the highest point of the Larapinta Trail.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we explore the vibrant colour and varied landscape of one of Albert Namatjira's favourite locations: the stunning Ormiston Pound. With its great red cliffs, serene desert waterhole and diverse mix of native plants, Ormiston Pound offers unlimited painting inspiration. This evening we return to our exclusive camp at the foot of Mount Sonder, another of Namatjira's subjects.

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. Mt Sonder is the official end of the Larapinta Trail, a fitting subject for our last day of painting. In the afternoon we board the bus and return east to Alice Springs, driving back past the Ranges we have come to know in such detail over the last six days. We will drop you at your accommodation in Alice at approximately 5pm.

Meals:  B,L

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 Alice Springs prior and post trip
  • Art supplies
  • Items of personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping bags (these can be hired for $20 ea)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance


I want to say how impressed I was with all the guides. The looked after us so well, they are 3 very professional and wonderful people. i only hope that Chris, Kate and Ann are on my next trip. They made our trip a wonderful, happy and stress free time - Thanks.

N. Bolton, NSW, Australia

What a superb experience! Our guides Wes and Harriet (and Nicole) couldn't do enough to help us make the best use of our precious painting time. Michael Herron provided great art leadership, choosing sites, suggesting possible approaches and helping us capture the landscape. And how wonderful to paint and draw all day in the most amazing scenery, then sit around the campfire with fellow artists, well fed and looking forward to more stunning landscape tomorrow. A truly great trip I'll never forget.

Jane Blackmore, Lane Cove, NSW

I highly recommend the Larapinta Art Expedition with Michael Heron. Great locations, accommodation and food. The boys from World Expeditions were an absolute delight and full of interesting information. The looked after us above and beyond to keep us happy. Michael Heron was fabulous and lots of fun.

L. Mulvey, Avalon, NSW Australia, 31 Jul 2017

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:6 Days
Starting Point:Alice Springs
Finishing Point:Alice Springs
Activities:Day walks
Art excursions
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:AXL
Prices From:AUD$2895