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This soft adventure on the Larapinta trail will embrace all the highlights of this magnificent trail along with the company of our incredible guest chef and photographer, Luke Burgess.

Activity Level: Easy

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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 Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs to one of the highest peaks in Australia’s Red Centre, Rwetyempe/Mt Sonder.

This vast and spectacular section of the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park 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 explore this awe-inspiring country.

Join us on this soft adventure that will focus on discovering the landscape, flora and fauna of this beautiful region on a number of short walks of only a couple of hours each day accompanied by our friend and colleague Luke Burgess, chef and professional photographer. Luke lives and works in Tasmania and in 2010 opened the highly acclaimed  Garagistes restaurant in Hobart, creating a casual communal environment that specialised in natural wines and produce sourced from Tasmania. Garagistes quickly resonated with the public and in 2011 Luke won best new Talent in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant awards and scored two stars in the Gourmet Traveller restaurant guide. Luke has more recently pursued his career in professional photography but has never quite left the culinary world. His recent stint at Templo in Hobart focusing on a Japanese Izakaya concept was a huge success. He also led our first Food and Wine tour in South East Tasmania in December 2020. 

On this Springtime Larapinta trail Luke will join guests and our trail guides on some of our classic walks to offer any photographic advice that guests may desire and in the evenings Luke and our guides will offer some wonderful culinary delights with our fabulous wine collection to round off the day.

Our camp is what a recent guest described as “perfect – just the right touches of luxury to be very comfortable, without diminishing its authenticity.” We provide luxury fully enclosed swags with mattresses, underlays, cotton sheets, pillows and pillowcases or spacious touring tents offering privacy, two single beds, a rug on the floor and a small reading lamp. They are of standing room height and have space for your luggage. Our three bush showers, eco friendly toiletries and composting toilets are welcome comfort in this remote area. Our stylish safari style living and dining tent is a great place to relax with a book after a sensational day on the trail. Dinner is served either sitting around the open fire or under our magnificent rock face under the stars or in our safari tent at our custom-made dining table.

We’ll be joined by Kumalie Riley, a proud Arrernte woman and wonderful colleague who will welcome us to country and introduce us to the rich cultural heritage of her land and people. There will be the opportunity to explore the incredible Indigenous Arts community and galleries of Alice Springs, along with time relaxing in our magnificent camp, swimming in pristine waterholes and revelling in the striking beauty of the Tjoritja National Park.

Meet your Guide:

Luke Burgess – Tasmania

After finishing his apprenticeship at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Luke travelled to Europe before returning to Australia to embark on a career…

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