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Adventure touring
Activities
  • Adventure Touring
  • Culture and Craft
Accommodation
  • 1 night exclusive eco-camp
  • 6 nights hotels
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days$5250AUD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 12-16 people


Trip Code: TBC

Trip highlights


  • Engage with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  • 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 Uluru and visit Kata Tjuta
  • Learn about our Indigenous history on a Karrke Cultural tour
  • Spend a night 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 culturally rich morning with Anungu learning about Cave Art, Dot Painting and Punu
  • Enjoy a bush foods talk with local expert Raylene Brown
  • Learn how paper is made from natural grasses at Curtain Springs Paper Factory
  • Trip escorted by Barbara Mullan, Textiles Expert

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 rich tour of the Red Centre you will gain insights to all aspects of the Red Centre from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon and Uluru. In Alice Springs, we hope to engage with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers and learn about their craft in a small workshop, and at Curtain Springs, we'll learn about how the local grasses are made into paper. At Uluru we'll meet Anangu Artists from the Maruku Arts Centre and take part in a dot painting workshop and learn about punu (woodcarving). Throughout the tour you will stay in comfortable and well appointed accommodation, including one night under the stars at our award winning eco-camp where you will meet local expert Raylene Brown, and learn about local bush foods. Along with your World Expeditions Guides, your tour will be accompanied by Barbara Mullan, a Textiles Expert from South Australia, who will help uncover some of the unique aspects of these ancient customs. Whilst on the trip, Barbara will aim to eke out an additional opportuniy to engage in a small practical workshop that she will facilitate. We hope you can join us.

Activities:

Itinerary

Arrive Alice Springs. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to wander the main township or visit some of the many galleries showcasing an incredible range of local art and textiles. In the late afternoon, meet and greet with your Guides in the lobby of your hotel before joining for a welcome dinner. Overnight DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Meals:  D

During our time in Alice Springs there are a range of activities we are planning to include in our cultural program which include a workshop with artists from Tjanpi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council who work with women in the remote Central and Western deserts who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. We also plan to visit the Alice Springs Desert Park which showcases an inspiring portrayal of Australia’s central desert environment. Time permitting, we'll also aim to have a wander though the Women's Museum of Australia which is housed in the heritage-listed Old Gaol in Alice Springs. This evening is at leisure. Overnight DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Meals:  B,L

This morning we head out to the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. It was established in 1871 to relay messages between Darwin and Adelaide along Australia’s Overland Telegraph Line. Following a short transfer brings us to Simpsons Gap, one of the most important waterholes of this region and a likely place to spot the rare Black-footed Rock-Wallaby. In the afternoon we visit Standley Chasm, a private reserve still run by the Traditional Owners. We later transfer to Nick’s Camp, one of our exclusive award-winning camps, 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. Overnight Exclusive Eco-Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we leave our camp and head west to the Hermannsburg Historic precinct (approx one hour drive), a nationally listed heritage site and birthplace of the Albert Namatjira, a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art. While at the precinct, we'll learn more about the role the mission played in Central Australia's history. We'll also aim to visit the Hermannsburg Potters (pending if gallery open and artists being on site at the time of our visit), where artists are bringing bring the vibrant landscape and spirit of Central Australia to life with their hand-crafted terracotta and underglaze pots. Following our visit, we'll make our way to Watarrka National Park which includes Kings Canyon at the western end of the George Gill Range (approx 3-4 hours drive). This scenic landscape of rugged ranges, rockholes and gorges acts as a refuge for many plants and animals. The ancient red canyon walls soar 100m above Kings Creek to a plateau of rocky domes and the sheltered creek environments below protect an abundance of flora including the MacDonnell Ranges Cycad. Optional two km (return) Kings Creek Walk which traces the bottom of the gorge. At the end of the walk is a platform, with views of the canyon walls above. Later in the afternoon we have our own private tour with Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours to talk and learn about indigenous culture. Overnight: Kings Canyon Resort, Resort Rooms

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we hope to visit the Lilla, an aboriginal outstation community located in the Watarrka National Park where we'll gain first hand learning about their Tjukurpa (dreamtime). *Please note this visit is till to be confirmed based on the community availability at the time of operating this trip. Should a visit not be possible, we will likely spend a bit more time exploring the area, before making our way towards Uluru. In the late morning we'll make our way to Uluru (approx 3.5 hours drive) via Curtain Springs where we'll visit the Curtain Springs Paper and enjoy an intereactive tour and learn about how their paper is made from the native grasses. We'll transfer to Uluru. After settiling in to our comfortable accommodation, we'll head to our vantage point take in the changing colours of Uluru at sunset. Overnight Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have an immersive experience, learning about ancient art, tradition and cultural practices from the Anangu people of Central Australia. We'll meet at the Mutijulu Waterhole for a Cave Art talk before returning to the Cultural Centre for an exclusive Dot Painting experience. followed by a traditional Woodcarving (Punu) workshop. In the afternoon we'll head to Kata Tjuta, with an option to take a short walk into Walpa Gorge (approx one hour) - rocky track gently rises to a small track, passing rare plants and ending at a grove of spearwood trees. This evening is free to dine at one of the many restaurants found at the resort. Overnight Desert Gardens Hotel, Ayers Rock Resort

Meals:  B,L

Sunrise and early morning exploration of Uluru with your accredited Guide. We'll return to our hotel and check out before our transfer to Alice Springs (approx 5-6 hour drive). This evening we'll join for a farewell dinner at Hanuman's, one of Alice Spring's best restaurants. Overnight DoubleTree by Hilton, Alice Springs

Meals:  B,L,D

Tour concludes after breakfast. Own arrangements to airport for onward arrangements.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, snacks and hot drinks
  • 3 nights Hilton by DoubleTree in Alice Springs, 1 night in exclusive semi-permanent wilderness campsites, 1 night camping at Kings Canyon Resort permanent campsite, 2 nights Desert Gardens at Uluru
  • Professional wilderness guide/s & support staff
  • Camping equipment including tents, swags, sleeping bags & stretcher beds (required for one night at exclusive Eco-Camp)
  • All transport during the tour
  • All entry fees as per itinerary
  • Karrke Cultural Talk
  • Paper Making tour & demonstration at Curtain Springs
  • Cave Art Talk, Dot Painting Experience and Punu Workshop
  • Fees to Aboriginal Traditional Owners
  • National Park fees
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Trip escorted by Textiles Expert, Barbara Mullan

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

About Your Leader

Barbara Mullan, Textiles Guide

Barbara Mullan, OAM, for service to the Creative Arts. She works with groups of adults throughout Australia as a tutor of Textiles. Her passion is ethnic textiles. As a fellow of the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Inc. and a member of the World Embroidery Study Group, she continues to add to her textile knowledge. Barbara has led many textile-trips with World Expeditions to India, Bhutan and Morocco. She is looking forward to uncovering the crafts and culture of the Red Centre on this trip. Please see Barbara’s website www.barbaramullan-textileart


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

$5250AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$1200
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Culture and Crafts of Central Australia with Barbara Mullan 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.

It is possible to charge batteries using an inverter run off the vehicle battery. However this can be slow and is limited to times when the vehicle is driving, so we advise carrying extra sets of batteries for your cameras and/or portable chargers.

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.

You will need a good level of fitness for this trek on the Larapinta. You need to be capable and prepared to spend 5-7 hours each day trekking over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. If you have any questions about your suitability please give us a call and speak with one of our staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.

You must arrive in Alice Springs the day before your trek begins. The trip commences with a COMPULSORY pre-departure briefing in the afternoon on the day before departure. It is ESSENTIAL that you make your travel arrangements to enable you to attend this briefing.


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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.