In 2013, World Expeditions officially launched our Larapinta Trail semi-permanent campsites. Over eight years of careful traditional owner community consultation, groundbreaking design, engagement with National Parks and Central Land Council, and challenging construction in a remote area, has culminated in these unique and exclusive facilities for our Larapinta trekkers.
Our architecturally-designed campsites act as a refuge for trekkers after a day spent on the trail, providing comfort on both warm days and cool nights. The innovative plans by Neeson Murcutt Architects draws upon state of the art design and technology to protect the remote and beautiful land it sits upon.
In 2014 this innovative design was officially recognised, with the campsites awarded the prestigious
Australian Institute of Architects award for Small Project Architecture (NT chapter)
The camps incorporate new sustainable technologies such as:
Building materials, colours and the overall style of the new structures were carefully chosen to blend in with the surrounding environment aesthetically, whilst maintaining the idyllic natural setting of these incredible wilderness sites.
Our Larapinta campsite network is included in our:
The Y-shaped structures function as a living area, covering an area of some 150 square metres. Raised platform flooring, combined with the infinitely adaptable stretch canopy, allow the structure to be modified to the conditions at the time, ensuring the interior remains comparatively cool and sheltered in virtually any weather conditions. Cafe-style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the campsites.
This year we are introducing brand-new spacious, safari style sleeping tents exclusive for walkers on our 3-day Larapinta Experience in Comfort and 6-day Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort. They are the perfect addition to our three innovative semi-permanent campsites launched in 2013 – giving you the ultimate desert walking experience.
Our eco friendly camp toilets are water-free clean and airy amenities, and are exclusive to trekkers at our campsites. These save 143 litres of water each day, thanks to their water-free system.
The hot showers give trekkers a welcome way to wash away the dust of a good days walk on the Larapinta Trail. Hot water is heated using a “Donkey” hot water boiler - an efficient hot water system and an economical way to warm water. Trekkers have a 9 Litre bucket of warm water to use in our shower tents, which allows for warm-hot showers that run for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.
Organic shampoos and soaps are included in the shower for your use, sourced from Dindi Naturals, a supplier of handmade soaps and body proiducts that contain no toxic or synthetic materials. These are free of nasty chemicals so we have minimal environmental impact as possible, derived from environmentally friendly ingredients from areas of fair trade and sustainability
Cafe style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the campsites.
We use an 80W solar panel which brings power to our campsites. The power runs the campsites:
- Lounge, kitchen and bathroom lights
- Water pump for the kitchen
- Phone and camera charging
Each tent also has a solar light which is charged during the day, so clients can use these in the evenings to see around their tent.
Phone and Camera Charging
There are two USB 12V camera/phone battery charging ports at each campsite, powered through our solar system.
There is only phone reception at Nick’s Camp but this is intermittent. There is no phone reception at Fearless Camp and Charlie’s Camp. You may get some reception on high ridges when you are walking along the trail. We encourage travellers to use as little technology as possible so they can be completely immersed in the experience and enjoy the break from being constantly connected.
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The facilities provided by the semi permanent camps were exceptional. The tents, showers, toilet facilities and eating/living areas were of such a high standard considering the remote location. It was such a welcoming feeling to know that after a day on the tracks we would come home to such a well-appointed camp. T GormanQLD, Australia