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Activities
  • Adventure touring, culture and craft
Accommodation
  • 4 night exclusive eco-camp
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$2995AUD

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Trip Code: CAA

Trip highlights


  • Visit highlights of the West MacDonnell Ranges including Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm
  • Visit the historic precinct at Hermannsburg, birthplace of Indigenous artist Albert Namitjira
  • Watching the sunset overlooking the Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Learn about our Indigenous history on a Standley Chasm Cultural tour
  • Spend your nights under the stars at our exclusive eco camp in the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Learn about our desert environment at the Alice Springs Desert Park
  • Enjoy a bush foods platter prepared by local expert Raylene Brown
  • Trip escorted by Anna Dakin, local artist

Why Book With Us

  • Stay at our multi award-winning, exclusive eco campsites
  • Walk with just a day pack on this fully supported trek
  • Unrivalled experience, first on the trail in 1995

On this culturally and artistically rich tour of the Red Centre you will gain insights to all aspects of Central Australia. In Alice Springs, we will visit the famous Desert Mob art festival, and at Hermannsberg and Papunya we learn how artists bring the vibrant landscape and spirit of Central Australia to life. Throughout the tour you will stay in comfortable accommodation under the stars at our award winning eco-campsites. You will learn about and taste bushfoods prepared by local expert Raylene Brown. Along with your World Expeditions Guides, your tour will be accompanied by Anna Dakin, an accomplished artist and founder of Art Tours Australia. Anna is an expert in Central Australia and now calls Mparntwe/Alice Springs home. Whilst on the trip, Anna will aim to facilitate an additional opportunity to engage in a small practical workshop that she will lead. We hope you can join us.

Activities:

Itinerary

Your Central Australia journey begins when we pick you up from your accommodation between 7-7.30am and begin our Welcome to Country talk with an Aboriginal elder. From here we venture to the Desert Mob festival. This annual event showcases the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists from Desart-member art centres from the desert regions and communities of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. This experience is one of the most anticipated art events in the country. We are fortunate enough to be here during the one day event - Desert Mob MarketPlace. This is a large affordable buzzing art market, bringing together paintings, punu, ceramics, Tjanpi weaving, sculpture, clothing, jewellery, textiles and homewares from Aboriginal owned art centres across Central Australia. In the afternoon we transfer to Simpsons Gap, one of the most important waterholes of this region and a likely place to spot the rare Black-footed Rock-Wallaby. We later transfer to Charlie’s Camp, one of our exclusive award-winning camps, nestled in the bush surrounded by the Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges. Following your introduction to camp you will be treated to a spread of local bush foods prepared by local specialist Rayleen Brown. Overnight Exclusive Eco-Camp

Meals:  L,D

Today we leave our camp and head to the Hermannsburg Historic precinct (approx one and a half hour drive), a nationally listed heritage site and birthplace of the Albert Namatjira, a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. We will also visit the Hermannsburg Potters, where artists bring the vibrant landscape and spirit of Central Australia to life with their hand-crafted terracotta and underglaze pots. Following our visit, we'll head back to camp via a different route and visit Tnorala (Gosses Bluff), the remnant of an impact crater. This area is of great cultural significance to the Western Arrernte people, as well as a site of international scientific interest. Overnight Exclusive Eco-Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning, after a delicious breakfast at camp, we board the bus and transfer to our walk for the day; Ormiston Pound. On the way we stop off at the Ochre Pits, an original ochre quarry and a sacred Aboriginal site. The rainbow of vibrant colours on the wave-like ochre wall makes for stunning photos. From here it is a short drive to the best side-walk of the entire Larapinta Trail: Ormiston Pound. The Pound offers an immense variety of extraordinary scenery and wildlife. We explore the upper reaches of the Gorge where Rock Wallabies scamper about the imposing cliffs, follow the track through scrub filled with native birds: Spinifex Pigeon, Budgerigar and Mistletoe Bird. Keep an eye out overhead for the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia’s largest raptor. We overnight at another one of our exclusive eco campsites nestled in the foothills overlooking Mt Sonder. Walking Time: 4-5 hours Overnight Exclusive Eco-Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Papunya Tjupi Arts is a 100% Aboriginal owned and directed community arts organisation based in Papunya, the birthplace of the Western Desert dot-painting movement. The artists of Papunya Tjupi have established their own unique identity based on the legacy of their forefathers. The Art Centre, located 250km NW of Alice Springs/Mparntwe, supports emerging artists and some of Australia’s leading contemporary painters. Central to Papunya Tjupi is the understanding that painting is an important part of culture and connection to country, and that the teaching and passing of knowledge is what keeps the community’s future strong. The high standard of the work and its unmistakable and powerful style has resulted in the Papunya Tula artists being represented in most public galleries, major museums, institutions and many large private collections within Australia as well as overseas. If time permits in the afternoon we will visit one of the stunning waterhole of the Tjoritja West MacDonnell Ranges before transferring back to our comfortable camp for the night. Overnight Exclusive Eco-Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we depart our camp for the final time and marvel at all we have explored over the last 5 days. We head to the stunning Standley Chasm where you will enjoy a talk about indigenous culture. We will journey into Arrernte country for a cultural conversation and a walk into the magnificent Chasm – a private reserve still run by the traditional owners. After lunch we transfer close to town to visit the Alice Springs Desert Park which showcases an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s central desert environment. Here we will be able to feel the adrenalin rush as raptors of the desert sky fly over your head during the highly regarded bird show. We will learn about and free-flying birds of prey and witness them demonstrate their natural survival skills including hunting and foraging in a free-spirited display at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges. In the afternoon you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Alice Springs.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • 4 nights in exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites
  • Professional wilderness guide/s & support staff
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags & stretcher beds. Sleeping bags available for hire.
  • All transport during the tour
  • All entry fees as per itinerary
  • Standley Chasm Cultural Talk
  • Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
  • National Park fees
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Trip escorted by local artist, Anna Dakin

  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

About Your Leader

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Anna Dakin graduated from The Royal College of Art (RCA) in 2017. The work she made there was heavily influenced by her experiences on the Larapinta Trail in 2014, when she set out on an end-to-end hike as a painter, and finished as a budding experience designer.

During her time at the RCA, Anna’s creative practice developed through many forms including sound design, abstract and analogue film, and eventually became The Artist Expedition Society; a name used by Anna when leading experiences for other artists and designers in remote environments.

Anna has exhibited in London, Jerusalem, and Sydney, and has led a number of hiking experiences for artists in the UK and Europe. She has been living in Central Australia since 2018, learning about the unique landscapes of this semi arid landscape in order to share them with other creatives.

When you come on a trip with The Artist Expedition Society, you become a part of The Artist Expedition Society, and will be invited to participate in events in the future. Past events have included exhibitions, publications, and artist residencies.


Suitability

Adventure touring

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There is no committment to walking on this trip however we recommend that you are in good physical health and fitness to be able to full appreciate the trip. The outback and desert environment can be harsh with warm-hot days and cool nights, so ensuring you have the adequate clothing will ensure a safe a fun trip.


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Total Priceper person from

$2995AUD

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Culture and Art of Central Australia with Anna Dakin trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The terrain on this trek is rugged, and the Quartzite rocks are famous for shredding even the most trusted old pair of hiking boots. For your comfort, you must have high supported boots with a heavy duty grip. There are lots of rocky, uneven and unstable sections, so ankle support will be beneficial.

Hiking poles can definitely assist you with going up and down the inclines and for stability. If you have not used them previously, we recommend that you do some training with them before you head out on the hike.

Autumn (April and May) - Trekking conditions in autumn are pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 12-27C. Unlike the winter months when evenings become quite chilly, autumn evenings are cool and trekkers can comfortably pull their swag out from their tents and sleep outside under the blanket of stars. While the official wet season is over, you can still expect rain up until late May, as well as some cloud coverage during these months.

Winter (June to August) - During the daytime, temperatures hover at low-mid 20C with refreshingly cool breezes, however evenings temperatures can drop close to 0C, particularly in the valleys, and the frost that covers the ground can create a snow-like appearance. Many people are surprised to find out how cold it can get in the middle of winter, so trekkers need to make sure they are adequately prepared for cold nights with insulated sleeping bags, beanies, gloves and thermal underwear.

Spring (September) - Temperatures in September begin to rise leading to sporadic thunderstorms which creates the perfect environment for the landscape to come alive with wildflowers and lowline flowering shrubs. With cooler temperatures suitable for hiking, and clear skies for picture-perfect sunsets, it's no surprise that September is a popular season to trek the Larapinta Trail.

A majority of the terrain on the Larapinta Trail is hard, rough and rocky, particularly on high ground, in gorges, creek and river beds. The ground is often distorted with embedded or loose rock depending on the trail variations.

The trail conditions of the Larapinta Trail are rocky, rugged, hard surfaced and dry. While a number of sections of the trail wind through open plains, undulating areas and relatively flat country, overall, the trail is characterised by rocky, stony and mountainous terrain which can rise from 680m above sea level to more than 1,200m along some sections.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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