Central Australia Walk in Comfort

1-8 May 2025

Duration
8
Departure
01 May 2025
Price from
4,399

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OVERVIEW

The Larapinta Trail has been dubbed “Australia’s most beautiful walk”. The Northern Territory’s most famous long-distance walk, the Larapinta Trail extends along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges in Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park. The track is split into stages of varying difficulty, stretching from Telegraph Station in Alice Springs to the craggy 1380m (4528ft) summit of Mt Sonder on the western fringe of the ranges.
On this tour we will cover “the best of” sections of the Trail, walking approximately 80kms in total.

Our walk is for those who love the challenge of a walk in a remote & beautiful place, to enjoy & be in awe of God’s incredible creation, to learn & understand more about our First Nations People and to end the day in complete comfort, with you walking into a brilliant established campsite with delicious meals included. All you need to carry each day is your water, snacks and a day pack.

This is an exclusive Selah group with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 people. There is no single supplement for solo travellers!

Alisa Pont is your group leader.

Alisa completed the Central Australia Walk  in May 2024 and has a great love of being outdoors in God's creation. During the week she is a physiotherapist, and is also a lay leader at St Mark's Anglican Church in Camberwell.

"I am excited about leading a small group of Christians out into the remote parts of Central Australia, where we get to learn, engage with and honour our First Nations people. We will be inspired by God's incredible Creation here in our own country, and enjoy times of prayer, song, Scripture & fellowship together".

 

 

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ITINERARY

You must be in Alice Springs for a compulsory pre departure meeting this afternoon at 3.30pm at the Lone Dingo adventure store in town.

Note: Accommodation in Alice Springs is NOT included in the tour price

Included Meals: None

We pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our walk at the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the official start of the Larapinta Trail. Please ensure you've had breakfast before the pick up (you may need to pre-purchase food as most cafes will be shut before 7am). From here the trail takes us west through witchetty bush, mulga scrub, and bird-filled shady woodlands. We climb high over exposed hills to the jagged outcrop of Euro Ridge, with expansive views over Alice Springs and the surrounding landscape, before descending to the passage of Wallaby Gap. After a stop for refreshments you take a quick transfer by bus to Nick's Camp. Nick's Camp is an exclusive award-winning camp, nestled in the bush with stunning views across the Heavitree Range and Alice Valley. Following your introduction to camp you will be treated to a spread of local bush foods prepared by local specialist Rayleen Brown.
Walking Time: 5-8 hours

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From Nick’s Camp we continue west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods, the dominant trees on this narrow alluvial flat. We may catch sight of Black-footed Rock Wallaby as we approach one of the most important waterholes of the area, Simpsons Gap. A short transfer takes us to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a talk about indigenous culture. All departures will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation. After a delicious picnic lunch and a walk into the magnificent Chasm – a private reserve still run by the traditional owners – we transfer to back to our campsite.
Walking Time: 3-5 hours

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Today's highlight is the 5km walk along the crest of the high ridge leading to Counts Point. From here we have clear views of Central Australia’s western horizon to Mt Zeil (1531m), the highest peak in the Northern Territory, and Mt Sonder which marks the end of the Larapinta Trail. We can also see the huge comet crater of Gosse Bluff, a feature of the landscape for the next few days. We descend from the high ridgetop though mysterious stands of mulga trees. At the base of the ridge we follow a track of dolomite limestone toward camp; keep your eye out for fossil stromatolites under foot, one of the most ancient forms of life. Stepping off the main trail, we follow our private track to Charlie's Camp nestled in secluded wilderness at the foothills of Counts Point, named in honour of pioneering Larapinta guide Charlie Holmes.
Return to camp and spend the evening relaxing around the campfire while your guides prepare a scrumptious dinner.
Walking Time: 5.5-6.5 hours

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This morning we enjoy the best side walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and is the perfect walk to complete our journey. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where we may see Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, and follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia's largest raptor. This walk includes an unavoidable water crossing, through still, cold water. The water level varies throughout the season but can be up to 1m deep in the early season. The water crossing is about 20m across, and your guides will be there to assist - it is a lot of fun!

Walking Time: 3-5 hours

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Your guides will have you up early this morning (2-3am) for our pre-dawn walk up Mount Sonder. Weaving your way up to the 1380m summit of this majestic mountain following only the glittering light of your head-torch, surrounded by deep and peaceful darkness, is a truly inspiring experience... and watching the sunrise from the top is unforgettable! Mount Sonder is the official end and highest point of the entire Larapinta Trail and as such we have expansive views across the entire vast landscape we have been exploring over the last few days. We descend to Redbank Gorge and can enjoy a great brunch back at camp.
We will also visit the Ochre Pits today. The pits consist of several layers of multi-coloured, layered rock that was traditionally used by Indigenous Australians in ceremonies and played an important role in the continent's economy, being traded with neighbouring clans and "countries",in every direction on the continent. The mine belongs to the Western Arrernte people and only certain men were qualified to collect the ochre. It was considered some of the choicest ochre – soft to touch, vivid, with a slight sheen to it. After the ochre was mined, it was ground and mixed with emu fat for ceremonial body adornment.
Walking Time: 7-8 hours

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Today we take a side trip off the Larapinta Trail to a very special place: Memory Mountain.
Memory Mountain is a project that was initiated by the local indigenous community with the help of photographer Ken Duncan and his wife Pam, made this dream a reality in 2021, erecting a 20 metre Cross on top of the highest point.
We have permission to climb Memory Mountain with a local indigenous guide and spend time with the traditional owners/elders before returning to camp for our last night together.


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The tour ends on return to Alice Springs. If you intend to fly out today, please book flights departing after 12 noon.
Perhpas you prefer to spend some more time in Alice Springs, or visit Uluru and King's Canyon?

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Highlights

  • Walk on country with indigenous and engage with local indigenous people
  • Visit Memory Mountain – a 20m Cross on the summit of the mountain
  • Hot showers and a delicious 3 course dinner at the end of the day
  • Expert local guides to walk with you and help navigate the terrain
  • Award winning tented camps all set up and ready for you to walk into
  • Exclusive Selah group of maximum 15 people plus Alisa and local support team/guides

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour only 2-8 May $4,399 $4,399
Alice Springs accommodation 1 night includes breakfast $165 $280

Price is based on a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15 passengers. This tour is exclusive to Selah and we have the tented camps to ourselves.

 

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