Since 1995, we’ve led the way in this outstanding trekking destination and our new stylish semi-permanent campsitescontinue to set the standard on the Larapinta Trail.
Our Larapinta Trail was named Best Travel Product by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014. This coveted award is presented to the most effective liaison that inspires the industry to write about the destination. It is open to international, domestic/state and regional tourism organisations. World Expeditions is thrilled with this achievement as it is awarded by the members of Australia's leading travel media industry body. The members of ASTW are constantly exposed to the cutting edge of all that happens in the travel industry and it's a major challenge for any travel product to rise above the pack and inspire such well travelled and experienced travel professionals. Thankfully the pioneering heritage, award winning architecture and deep engagement with Aboriginal Traditional Owners when combined with a stunning walk and outstanding service adds up to a compelling and inspiring travel experience.
We welcomed the Channel 9 Weekend TODAY Show on the Larapinta Trail to broadcast the weather live with Emma Freedman. Special thanks to Qantas and Tourism NT for getting the crew to Alice Springs. The group had a fantastic time and our guides kept them well fed and entertained. What a stunning location for a weather broadcast. Watch the broadcast! Footage courtesy of Weekend Today, Channel 9
About the Semi Permanent Campsites
In May 2013 we launched an exciting major upgrade to our semi-permanent camps. For over 8 years we have worked with Neeson-Murcutt Architects to design innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsite facilities that enhance the experience of trekkers while at the same time minimising environmental impacts. These new facilities are available for our 3 Day Larapinta Experience and 6 Day Classic Larapinta trips for 2013.
Our innovative new campsites give trekkers a relaxing base to enjoy the outback solitude between walks while enjoying the pristine desert scenary. The kitchen, lounge and dining shelter is set on a raised platform out of the dust and provides a cool and shady open sided haven on warm afternoons, while also offering a warm shelter during the cool nights. The toilets are in a new clean and airy amenities shelter and will use a special system that breaks down waste without using water or chemicals. The hot showers will continue to give trekkers a welcome way to wash away the dust of a good days walk on the Larapinta Trail.
These campsites would not be possible without a strong partnership with Aboriginal Traditional Owners and the NT Parks and Wildlife who jointly manage the land. The exclusive sub lease ensures that the benefits of trekking tourism are shared equitably with the Aboriginal Traditional Owners whose land we walk and camp upon.
Find out more about our campsites here.
The Larapinta Trail
The Larapinta Trail is the quintessential Australian Desert walking experience. Set in the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges of Central Australia, the 223km long trail snakes through ancient landscapes and breathtaking scenery of the Red Centre. The Larapinta Trail offers one of the greatest desert treks on earth and is one of Australia’s most famous walking experiences.
Walking the Larapinta Trail
World Expeditions and Australian Walking holidays offer three experiences to walk the Larapinta Trail, suiting a variety of fitness levels and budgets.
Classic Larapinta Trek– 6 Days – Our most popular Larapinta Trek visiting Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and Mt Sonder. Carrying only a daypack, you will walk between 8 – 18 km (5-7 hours) each day with all camping equipment transported by vehicle to our newly designed and comfortable permanent campsites.
Larapinta Experience – 3 Days – This short 3 day trip offers a great introduction to trekking in the Red Centre with a selection of day walks (5-7 hours of walking each day) on our favourite sections of the Larapinta Trail. This outstanding walking experience is enhanced thanks to our new stylish and relaxing semi permanent wilderness campsites.
Larapinta End to End – 14 Days – Our complete traverse of the 223km Larapinta is an inspiring trek that will delight the wilderness lover and challenge the seasoned walker. As with all out treks on the Larapinta Trail, you will only carry your daypack. The Larapinta End to End is a 4WD supported trek in remote basic bush camps with 7-10 hours of walking each day.
When to Walk
The best time of year to walk the Larapinta Trail is in the cooler months from April to September. Peak season is during the winter months June to August. The shoulder months of April - May and August - September can be warmer so be prepared for temperatures in the 30’s during the day and mild conditions at night.
Central Australia is a climate of extremes; expect warm days and very cool evenings. Night temperatures can reach below freezing in June and July and it can stay chilly until late in the morning. Daytime temperatures can reach the 30°C’s, but are more regularly in the 20°C’s.
Great Walks of Australia
World Expeditions and Australian Walking Holidays are a founding member of the Great Walks of Australia (GWOA). This industry led collective joins together seven of Australia's best walking holidays, characterised by exclusive, special accommodation that compliments the walk perfectly. Our very own Larapinta Trail is listed as one of the seven Great Walks of Australia.
World Expeditions is the only company in Australia to have the full endorsement of The Wilderness Society. This is in recognition of our responsible approach to travel in remote areas. The Larapinta Treks are also Ecotourism accredited to ECO IV certification
It has always been our motto that "we take only photographs and leave only footprints", and we hope that you will try to help us achieve our goal of keeping our impact to a minimum.
Principles to keep in mind when packing for your tour:
• As all waste is carried out, try and ensure that there is minimal packaging on any items you may take into the bush
• All waste, even when disposed of properly, has an environmental impact. Consider products that have recyclable packaging.
• As life in the bush is simple, you can learn to enjoy life without the many little extras. Consider leaving behind all but the basic essentials (as specified on your gear list)