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Multi-Award-Winning Larapinta Trail Eco-Campsites

In 2013, World Expeditions officially launched our Larapinta Trail semi-permanent eco-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 walkers after a day spent on the Larapinta 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. 

Three of our four camps are dedicated to close friends of the company who were instrumental in helping to setup our Larapinta walking operation as it is today. Click on a camp name to learn more about the following camps;



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).

Australian Walking Holidays and parent company World Expeditions has proudly won three Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards 2019, 2017 & 2016 in Ecotourism. 

2019 Brolga Award for Best Ecotourism Operator - Northern Territory 2017_Brolga_Ecotourism  2016_Brolga_Ecotourism



The camps incorporate new sustainable technologies such as: 

  • water-free toilets 
  • solar lighting systems
  • a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment
  • semi-permanent design to allow the land to recover during the off-season

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. 


Each of the four Larapinta eco-campsites is made up of a communal tent, an ablutions tent and two shower tents. You will sleep in spacious ‘safari style’ tents that sleep two people. 

Enjoy delicious meals at our eco-comfort camps on the Larapinta Trail |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> The Larapinta Semi Permanent campsites offer cafe style gas heaters to warm the dining and lounge area |  <i>Caroline Crick</i> The communal living area at our eco-comfort camps is the perfect place to relax after a day on the trail |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> The semi permanent Larapinta Campsites offer comfortable facilities in an outback wilderness |  <i>Caroline Crick</i>

Comfortable Communal Living Area

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. 


Relaxing at our exclusive eco-comfort camps on the Larapinta |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Enjoy staying in our spacious sleeping tents at our semi-permanent campsites |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Spend your evenings in spacious tents at our Larapinta Semi-Permanent Campsites, |  <i>Larissa Duncombe</i> Sleeping on an above ground swag, with a comfortable mattress on the Larapinta Trail. |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i>
Spacious Sleeping Tents

Our spacious, safari style sleeping tents are exclusive for walkers on 'In Comfort' walks. They are the perfect addition to our four innovative semi-permanent campsites launched in 2013 – giving you the ultimate desert walking experience.

With the same footprint as our previous sleeping tents (2.4m x 2.4m), our tents are significantly more airy and open and are large enough to stand up in with the walls being 2.2 meters high – giving you more space to move and relax in. Perhaps one of the stand-out features is the large floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing the outdoors in and allowing you to sit-back soak up the magnificent views.


The comforts at our Larapinta exclusive eco-comfort camps will make your experience more enjoyable |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i> The amenities at our eco-comfort camps will make your Larapinta walk even more enjoyable |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> The amenities at our eco-comfort camps will make your Larapinta walk even more enjoyable |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> The Larapinta Camps offer composting toilets and outback showers designed for hygeine with minimal impact on the desert environment |  <i>Brett Boardman</i>

Ablution Facilities

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. 


Enjoy hot showers at our exclusive eco-comfort camps on the Larapinta Trail |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Enjoy a hot shower at our exclusive, semi-permanent eco-camps on the Larapinta Trail |  <i>#cathyfinchphotography</i> 'The Donkey' provides steaming hot water to trekkers on demand |  <i>Caroline Crick</i> The Larapinta Campsites offer outback shower facilities |  <i>Sue Badyari</i>
Shower Tents 

Nothing says comfort in the wilderness like a hot shower. Hot water is heated using a “Donkey” hot water boiler - an efficient and economical way to heat water. Guests have a 9 litre bucket of warm water to use in our shower tents, which run for 2 – 2.5 minutes.

Organic shampoos and soaps are included for your use, sourced from Dindi Naturals, a supplier of handmade soaps and body products that contain no toxic or synthetic materials. These are chemical free 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.

Solar Power

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.

Charging Devices

There are two USB 12V camera/phone battery charging ports at each campsite, powered through our solar system.

Phone Reception

There is only phone reception at Nick’s Camp but this is intermittent. There is no phone reception at Fearless Camp, Charlie’s Camp and Sonder 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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