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The Larapinta trail weaves through the spectacular backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs to one of the highest peaks in Australia’s Red Centre, Mt Sonder.

Activity Level: Moderate

Walking 9-16km daily

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Described by Australian Geographic as “one of the world’s best long- distance arid-zone walks”, the Larapinta trail weaves through the spectacular backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs to one of the highest peaks in Australia’s Red Centre, Mt Sonder.

This vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges is an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic extremes. High exposed ridge lines with exhilarating views, lush gorges, dry river valleys and secluded waterholes provide endless scenic pleasure. Our private campsite, located within the National Park is the perfect base from which to walk and explore this awe-inspiring country. We provide luxury fully enclosed swags with mattresses, woollen underlays, cotton sheets and pillowcases and touring tents offering privacy and standing room.  Our bush shower, eco friendly toiletries and composting toilet are welcome comfort in this remote area. Our stylish safari style living and dining tent, introduced in 2015, is a great place to relax with a book after a hard day on the trail before sitting down to a delicious dinner around our custom-made dining table.

Every evening, our talented guides serve up a mouth-watering three course meal, which previous guests have touted as restaurant quality. A selection of boutique red and white wines are served with dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Walk carrying only a daypack with expert guides who can interpret and explain to you with their passion the history, geology, rare plants and stunning wildlife of the desert.

In 2017, as well as our classic 6-day Larapinta trail tour which will be our 14th year of operating, we are introducing exclusive use of our private campsite for groups of 8 or more friends with the option to walk the trail with an itinerary and activities designed to specifically meet the desires of your group. This could include some unique days doing off trail sightseeing or visiting the indigenous community and art centres at Papunya or Hermannsburg. Or we can organise a family tour with the program designed with kids in mind. Call us for details.

What Makes Our Larapinta Trail Tours Unique?

Right from the time you commence this journey with us the quality is evident .

  • Comfort and space in our Mercedes Sprinter bus or Toyota Landcruiser
  • Sensational food using predominantly organic produce – home made cakes, soups, stocks and snacks. We use the freshest and best quality raw materials available
  • A choice of high quality wines from delicious flinty rieslings, to elegant sauv blancs, earthy pinots and rich dark cherry shiraz
  • A nice cold beer or G&T for sundowners
  • Great coffee to get you going in the morning and a beautiful selection of Larson and Thomson teas
  • Luxury fully enclosed swags with mattresses, woollen underlays, cotton sheets and pillowcases.
  • The option of being in a tent offering both privacy and standing room with a rug on the floor and a bedside lamp.
  • Luxury and comfort in our new safari style dining and living tent
  • An eco bush shower with eco friendly toiletries
  • A composting toilet
  • Guides with many years experience who are adept at wearing many hats. They are your hosts, interpreters of the landscape, cooks, carers of blisters and friends for the journey. They may be environmental scientists, chefs or outdoor ed specialists. Above all they’re fun – the kind of fun that makes you want to sit around the fire and chat with them or share a beer with at the end of a day on the trail. They are passionate about their work and the environment.
  • We genuinely love and care for the environment in which we are fortunate enough to work in and make sure we recycle our bottles and cans, return all our vegetable and fruit scraps to hungry little chooks in Alice each week and all our human waste is removed from the site. At the end of the season we leave no trace of our presence and in fact we work to improve the site through things like our buffel grass eradication program.

*Contact us for exclusive use availability for your private group or family trip where we can design a tour specifically with your interests or celebration in mind.


Our 2017 tours started on Sunday 7 May and run every Sunday through to the beginning of September.

Tour date availability for 2017:

7 May (full), 14 May (1 space), 21 May (full), 28 May (full), 4 June (full), 11 June (full), 18 June (2 spaces), 25 June (full), 2 July (full), 9 July (full), 16 July (full), 23 July (full), 30 July (full), 6 August (full), 13 August (full), 20 August (full), 27 August (full), 3 September (full).

Please note the numbers listed are updated regularly, but may have changed by the time you enquire.

If you would like to book for our 2018 season, please get in touch.
Some departures are already full.

Meet your Guide:

Jen Andrew

Jen is passionate about supporting people keen to explore some of Australia’s most extraordinary places on foot. Jen grew up bushwalking and camping…

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  • The Larapinta tour by Epicurious travel was exceptional value for money. The country is stunningly beautiful and the walks well organised and manageable (I am 70!). The young tour guides were very knowledgeable about the geology, history, Aboriginal stories and beliefs, the flora and fauna and bird life. I loved the campsite and having delicious meals around the fire at night before heading off to a comfy bed in my tent. The three guides were one of the highlights of our tour.

    Fiona Stanley – Larapinta trail

  • I have just finished the Larapinta walk.  Oh it was such a wonderful experience, with such a super team to look after us, everything was exceptional with no stone left unturned.  One of the best experiences of my long life!!

    Gail Bett – Larapinta trail

  • Thank you to our fabulous guides who, as well as being great cooks, the soul of patience and knowledgable about everything the trail made sure we had lots of laughs and had a great time. Lots of breathtaking scenery and a wonderful week.

    Jenny Firman – Larapinta trail tour

  • Thank you Epicurious! We loved our Larapinta adventure – one of our best holidays ever. The landscapes, the walks and the food and wine were all awesome. Our three guides were also informative, excellent cooks and great fun.

    Melinda Hunt – Larapinta 2016