Ecotourism Award Winners - Again: Why Our Larapinta Is The Best

2019 Ecotourism Brolga Award - Northern Territory Tourism
2019 Ecotourism Brolga Award - Northern Territory Tourism

It’s been a great year for our Larapinta Trail products, we began the season with our new fourth campsite – Sonder Camp and ended with another prestigious award for Ecotourism of our Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, our third win from the Northern Territory Tourism Brolga Awards (2019, 2017 & 2016),our Larapinta Trail trips as the best in the industry.

Sonder Camp is named in honour of the magnificent mountain positioned towards the end of the trail. Mount Sonder or Rwetyepme is a significant area for the local Western Arrernte Aborigines and is Albert Namatjira country, an artist’s heaven. It is one of the highlights of visitors climbing the mountain pre-dawn for a magical sunrise view from on top of one of the Northern Territory’s highest peaks.

The canopy style communal camp at the Nick Murcutt campsite, Larapinta, northern territory |  <i>Sophie Panton</i> Trekkers relaxing on the porch of their campsites |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Our eco-friendly bathroom amenities use water efficiently |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i>
 

The fourth campsite is designed with the same architecture features as the multi award-winning eco-friendly private camps – Nick’s, Charlie’s and Fearless. The comfortable camps feature walk-in safari-style tents with off ground beds and pillow, eco-friendly sit down toilets, a large canopy for communal dinning and lounging, hot showers and many more facilities.

To complement our minimal impact philosophy designed to leave no trace whilst also delivering high quality walking experiences, we are always striving to do more. In November, we launched our carbon offset program where all our trips are 100% offset.

As we lead into the new Larapinta Trail walking season in 2020, it’s been 25 years since we pioneered the first commercial operating walking tour in 1995 on Australia’s iconic desert trail in the Red Centre. It’s humbling to know that our peers believe that our Larapinta Trail walks are still the best in the business.

“The company is thrilled to be recognised for its ongoing commitment to providing an outstanding trekking experience while minimising the impact on the environment. Sustainability has been at the heart of our operations since we pioneered the trek back in 1995. Our four architecturally designed, semi-permanent campsite facilities incorporate sustainable technologies such as water-free toilets, solar lighting systems and a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment. It’s been a huge commitment to deliver the standard of accommodation we do in a remote area, while remaining focussed on complete sustainability. We acknowledge the support of NT Parks and Wildlife and the Indigenous Land Council in receiving this Award.” Australian Walking Holidays General Manager, Michael Buggy.

The Larapinta Camps offer stylish and comfortable dining |  <i>Chris Buykx</i> Guides prepare fresh meals each day The Larapinta campsites offer stylish and comfortable facilities in an outback wilderness |  <i>Caroline Crick</i>
 

We are the pioneers on Australia's iconic desert trail, operating the first commercial guided small group walking tour on the Larapinta in 1995. Heading into our 25th year on the trail, it's humbling to know that our peers believe that our Larapinta Trail walks are still the best in the business.

Why is our Larapinta Trail experience the best?

It's our multi award-winning eco-friendly private campsites, the cultural and history experiences, the fresh local produce, our services from the start of your booking enquiry to the end of your holiday and most of all our professional passionate wilderness guides. Read more on our Larapinta Trail difference. 


  

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