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8 Days, 7 Nights
Availability : May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Alice Springs
Ayers Rock, Yulura
Trek Summary

The 223km long Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences. It is also one Australia’s newest trails and is quickly emerging as one of the most popular trails in Australia and the world.

This fabulous trip will take you right into Central Australia, also known as the Red Centre. This huge outback region in the Northern Territory spans dusty red desert, mountain ranges and gorges.

We will start our journey in the town of Alice Springs before travelling into the MacDonnell Ranges. This is a spectacular area showcasing extraordinary geology sculptured over millions of years. We will spend some time trekking in this area, and also visiting Hermannsburg, home to Albert Namatjira and also providing an historical glimpse into the impact of missionary settlements on indigenous lands.

From here we will travel to Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park. We will tackle the Rim Walk, so named as we will walk along the edges of sheer cliffs, which will afford us spectacular views of this magnificent area.

The next part of our journey takes us to Uluru / Kata Tjuta where we will spend time at Uluru, or Ayers Rock, a massive rock monolith and sacred Aboriginal site. We will take a guided tour around the base and learn about the Anangu people, their traditions and customs. The Cultural Centre is also a great source of information.

Our final day takes us to Kata Tjuta, or The Olgas, a group of 36 immense ochre rock domes. We will tackle the challenging Valley of the Winds Walking Trail before returning to our hotel for a quick shower and transfer to Yulara Airport.

This is an awe inspiring glimpse into our own history, our own geology and our own culture. This is not to be missed.

Below you will find some sample itineraries to get you started.

Departure & Return Location

Price Includes

  • Standard’ Package Inclusions – can be modified on request
  • Trek Inclusions – PRE-TREK
  • Transfer from Alice Springs Airport, Northern Territory to hotel on arrival
  • Constellation Tour
  • 1x night accommodation at Camp Eco camp in Tjoritja National Park incl. Dinner and Breakfast
  • Trek Inclusions – POST-TREK
  • Transfer to Yulura Airport, Ayers Rock to airport
  • Trek Inclusions – LARAPINTA TRAIL
  • All meals as indicated in ‘Detailed Itinerary’
  • 4x nights in exclusive semi-permanent camp sites
  • 1x night Hotel accommodation at Kings Canyon Resort, Kings Canyon
  • 1x night Hotel accommodation at Homestead Hotel, Yulura
  • Professional wilderness guide and support staff
  • Swags for sleeping (but not sleeping bags)
  • Catering & dining utensils
  • FREE Adventure School Treks quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • FREE Adventure School Treks Certificate of Completion
  • Off-road transport from Alice Springs
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Emergency radio / sat phone
  • Public Liability Insurance

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian domestic flights
  • Passport & Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect
  • Adventure, language, culture and history – so many options to ‘choose your own adventure’ to suit your group
  • A place of expansive vistas and untouched wilderness fit for embracing adventure
  • Home to most of the country’s remaining indigenous inhabitants, the Ainu
  • Form lasting bonds and friendships with your fellow trekkers
Curriculum Benefits

Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Sustainability

General Capabilities

  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Identify issues and develop strategies to assist with preparation and the experience itself, including fitness, teamwork & group dynamic. cultural expectations etc.
  • Understanding of cultural differences within same country
  • Appreciation and respect for people living in rural areas and subject to peaks and troughs of weather and industry.
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Exploring concepts including sustainable living.
  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Managing a range of emotions resulting from physical & mental load, developing empathy for others, building relationships, developing self-worth and self-awareness

Subject based

  • Geography
    • Environmental change and management
    • Geographies of human wellbeing
  • Geology
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Outdoor learning: sustainability
  • Environmental investigations including Earth & Environmental Science
  • Food & Nutrition (FN)Health Benefits of Physical Activity (HBPA)
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing (MH)Safety (S)Challenge & Adventure Activities (CA)
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society

Learning Outcomes

  • Geographies of Human Wellbeing – ‘Reasons for, and consequences of, spatial variations in human wellbeing in Australia at the local scale.’
  • History – ‘The Environment Movement (1960’s – present). Consider impacts on environment of factors including tourism, weather and climate change.
  • Participation in physical activity to a high level, and the impacts on physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Transferrable skills supporting development into active and informed citizens.
  • Increase in confidence through meeting challenges, team work and group work activities.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival – Alice Springs (note this is full day – need to ensure early flight in).

After pick up from the airport, you will be taken into Alice Springs Desert Park to see the different regions of the living deserts and have some lunch. After lunch take a visit to Alice Springs reptile centre where you can learn about native Australian reptiles and have your photo taken handling live creatures. The evening will be spent at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Reserve. Here you will be guided through the renewable energy homestead to learn about energy resource management. After dark, be taken on a tour through the constellations with a star show and telescopic viewings of the night sky.
Camp Eco Camp in Tjoritja National Park
Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2Trek: Simpson’s Gap & Standley Chasm

Our walking commences from 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. Our first walk gives us a feeling for trekking toward the desert ranges. In the afternoon we explore the rugged Simpson’s gap and then enjoy the spectacular trek deep in to the rocky heart of the ranges through the Standley Chasm Loop Walk. A short transfer takes to the exclusive Nick’s Camp.
Overnight at Nick’s Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 3Trek: Counts Point, Gosse Bluff & Serpentine Chalet Dam

The highlight of this day is the 5 km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Count’s Point. From the summit we have views west to Mount Sonder, and where for the first time we can see the comet impact crater, Gosse Bluff a feature of the landscape for the next few days. The descent from the high ridgetop takes us down though a surprising forest of old Hill Mulga Trees. At the base of the ridge we trek along the dolomite limestones toward camp, keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites one of the most ancient forms of life. Our trek in to Serpentine Chalet Dam reveals some early history and the chance for a swim in the dam and chasm. We return to Nick’s Camp.
Overnight at Nick’s Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4Hermannsburg

A more relaxed start this morning, as we drive to Hermannsburg, and experience a truly remarkable part of Central Australia’s history. Among other things, Hermannsburg is famous as the home of Albert Namatjira, undoubtedly the most famous Aboriginal artist ever. We will have the opportunity to spend time at this fascinating historical precinct, and learn about the Lutheran Missionaries and the impact of their arrival. Our visit concluded, we continue Charlie’s Camp.
Overnight at Charlie’s Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5Trek: Inarlanga Pass, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Pound

Our trek today takes in crossing the ranges at Inarlanga Pass as well as the vibrant colour of the Aboriginal quarry at the Ochre Pits. The Ormiston Pound offers some extraordinary scenery and wildlife. Our final walk offers the chance to see the many Rock Wallabies as they scamper about the imposing cliffs. Back to Charlie’s Camp for our last night in this area.
Overnight at Charlie’s Camp
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6 Drive to Kings Canyon

This morning we will have an early start, as we head to Kings Canyon. Enroute we will make stops at various roadhouses, and we will see Mount Connor and the salt lakes. The drive is around three and a half hours, so we will arrive at Kings Canyon by lunch time. After lunch we will start the popular 6km Rim Walk, a 3-4 hour walk with a steep start. As the name suggests, this walk skirts the edge of the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Kings Canyon, providing glimpses into the shadowy depths of the gorge, 150 m below. Its other offerings include 400-year-old cycads, a mini-Purnululu of striped stone domes and an oasis called the Garden of Eden, which has a permanent waterhole and (after winter rains) waterfalls. Boarding our bus again, we will travel to the Kings Canyon Resort, our home for the night.
Overnight at Kings Canyon Resort
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park

This morning we are back in the bus to continue our journey to Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park, where we will take a guided walk around Uluru including a visit to Mutijulu Waterhole, where we will view ancient Aboriginal Rock Paintings. We will also visit the cultural centre, remaining here to watch the sun set. You will be captivated by the colours changing before your eyes as reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours.
Overnight at Homestead Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8Valley of the Winds Walk and flight home

Estimated to be over 500 million years old, the 32 weathered rock domes that are Kata Tjuta. The Olgas represents nature on a monumental scale, with the cluster’s tallest peak being 200m higher than Uluru! This morning we will tackle the moderately difficult 7.4 km Valley of the Winds Walk. We will be rewarded for our efforts with breathtaking views over the desert plains of the Red Centre. Alternatively, some of our group may choose take the easier Walpa Gorge Walk for a more a leisurely stroll amongst Kata Tjuta’s enormous domes into a lush desert refuge for plants and wildlife. We then return to Yulara for a quick shower before transferring to the airport for our flight home.
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Breakfast and Lunch Included
NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimise its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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