Brighter lives Larapinta Trek 2024 lockup

Brighter Lives are heading into the Australian Outback for the journey of a lifetime.

Fast Facts

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7-12 May 2024



Trip Cost
Paid in instalments



Challenge Grade

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Fundraising Target

The Difference You'll Make



Embarking on the Brighter Lives Larapinta Trek is not just any trek, it's a journey that will help fund state of the art medical equipment, cutting-edge research, and outstanding patient services in North Queensland. Fundraising for this adventure will enable Brighter Lives to support world class health and wellbeing for North Queenslanders, which means faster diagnoses, better treatments, and improved care up here. 

Beyond medical advancements, your involvement will foster a brighter future for the entire North Queensland community. By backing Brighter Lives, you are helping to support amazing healthcare facilities here in NQ, keeping patients and their families close to home. With every step you take, you’ll empower dedicated healthcare staff, ensuring they have the very best tools and resources to deliver top-notch care to those they serve.

This is more than just a reason to adventure. It's an opportunity to contribute to the NQ community that stands together for 100% local healthcare, with the best facilities right here. By taking on this challenge, you’ll help North Queensland locals like yourself to have access to the very best healthcare when they need it. 


Meet our team leader: Daina Clark, Destination Adventure.

By day, I'm a Consultant Podiatrist at Townsville Podiatry with a background in Sports Injuries, Running Analysis and Bike Fit Assessments. I'm also a Mountain Bike Coach and have always been a keen adventurer. It was my love of the outdoors and Magnetic Island that led me to establish Destination Adventure. 

There is so much joy in bringing people together and getting out into nature.

Seeing people discover what they are capable of while they enjoy themselves is incredibly rewarding. I figure if you do what you love, love what you do, and have fun while you're doing it - well it doesn't get any better than that!

When not at Townsville Podiatry or coordinating Destination Adventure events you'll find me out hiking or mountain biking the trails on Magnetic Island, snorkelling over the fringing coral reef or out trying to catch a wave on my surf ski.

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How it works


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Pay only $325 upfront to secure your place.

Cancel up to 90 days before travel with no penalty. For more details, see our FAQs.

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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference here in North Queensland.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.


Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Tuesday 7 May 2024: Arrive in Alice Springs

Day 1, Tuesday 7 May 2024: Arrive in Alice Springs

Upon arrival in Alice Springs, make your own way to the hotel. If you arrive earlier during the day, you might like to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling heart of the Red Centre before leaving it all behind for the desolate outback. Browse Aboriginal artworks at Central Australia’s best art galleries. This is also a good time to ensure you have all the articles needed for your Larapinta Trail walk. We meet at 4.30 pm in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden to discuss the coming days with our guide. After the briefing, we will be greeted by Traditional Owners and ‘Welcomed to the Country’ in an authentic, conversational way. Afterwards, head back to your Alice Springs accommodation, retiring early for the night in preparation for the big journey ahead.

Meals: None

Day 2: Wednesday 8 May 2024, Alice Springs to Wallaby Gap

Day 2: Wednesday 8 May 2024, Alice Springs to Wallaby Gap

We gather with our guides and team bright and early this morning before heading off into the wilderness where the West MacDonnell Ranges are rich in natural wonders and traditional culture. Our first walk is a casual 14km stroll, commencing from the outskirts of Alice Springs where we can see some beautiful views particularly at Euro Ridge.

Once we reach Wallaby Gap, we will be transferred to our remote campsite in the MacDonnell Ranges National Park. If time permits, we will visit one of the stunning natural waterholes for a refreshing swim along the way. The true experience really begins as we rest in a region synonymous in the Dreamtime (Alcheringa) of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people as we enjoy a Kungkas Can Cook Tasting Platter for pre-dinner nibbles.

Trekking distance: 14km

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thursday 9 May 2024, Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge

Day 3, Thursday 9 May 2024: Finke River - Ormiston Gorge - Ochre Pits

Today we traverse the low-lying regions surrounding Ormiston Gorge, gradually working our way upward into the back reaches of the Finke River. This area is steeped in traditional folklore, with several important sites being viewed, including ‘Yapulpa’, which is part of the Carpet Snake Dreaming legend and the Emu and Kangaroo Man Dreaming. If time permits, we will visit one of the stunning natural waterholes, where there may be an opportunity to have a swim. Tonight, relax at our beautiful campsite as the sun sets and the colours of the night desert erupt into million-star accommodation.

Trekking distance: 11km

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Friday 10 May 2024, Mount Sonder Climb

Day 4: Friday 10 May 2024, Mount Sonder Climb

We'll wake up early this morning to begin trekking at 3:00am as we challenge the 8km climb to the peak of Mount Sonder. It's an experience you'll never forget! The vision of the sunrise and the 360° view will leave you speechless – it is a truly unforgettable achievement. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a well-deserved cooked Aussie breakfast at camp. We can spend the afternoon at our own leisure at camp or by taking a dip at Ormiston Gorge before enjoying the evening under the stars of the Milky Way in our beautiful remote campsite.

Trekking distance: 16km

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Saturday 11 May 2024, Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs

Day 5: Saturday 11 May 2024, Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs

Regarded by many as the ‘primo’ small walk of the Larapinta Trail, the Ormiston Pound Walk is full of wow factor, wildlife and flora and a grand finale to our walk. A location inspirational to Albert Namatjira, sensational viewings of the Chewing’s Range and Mount Giles – the entry into the Gorge will leave us dumbfounded. After our last picnic lunch at Ormiston gorge, we will pack and break camp for regrettably the last time and begin our journey back to normality - hot showers and life as you know it awaits! Tonight, after a well-deserved shower, we will have a celebratory dinner at one of Alice’s Outback Restaurants, where we can reminisce about the last days and share some banter over a refreshing ale or cool drink.

Trekking distance: 9km

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Sunday 12 May 2024, Depart Alice Springs

Day 6: Sunday 12 May 2024, Depart Alice Springs

This morning, we bid farewell to Alice Springs, the Red Centre and our Larapinta adventure. You will be filled with the memories and moments that have made this adventure one you will never forget. Please make your own way to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: B

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • 4-Star hotel twin-share and comfortable camping • Meals as per itinerary • Local guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Doesn’t include: Airfares • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities


Why you'll love this adventure


  • Challenge yourself on one of Australia’s greatest walking trails in the majesty of the outback
  • Be immersed in the traditional lands of the Arrernte people, and explore the country that is part of this 40,000-year-old culture
  • Camp beneath a million stars with the sounds of nature surrounding you
  • Raise funds for world-class health and wellbeing services in North Queensland

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email ( or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Larapinta Trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures? 

Brighter Lives has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $45 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Brighter Lives, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete full day hikes and ideally a hike over several days. You should aim to be able to walk for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. 

Do I need to carry my luggage on trekking days? 

You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will stay at your accommodation.


What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share at a 4 star hotel before and after the trek. While trekking, accommodation is at one of the ground operator's comfortable campsites. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms at the hotel are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is generally a choice of cereals/muesli, toast cooked on the campfire, porridge, fruit, coffee and tea. Lunch is typically served en route during trekking days. Your guide will lay out food buffet style and you can make your own wraps and sandwiches using gourmet meats and beans, delicious condiments and cheese and fresh vegetables. By night, your tastebuds will be treated to traditional Australian outback campfire cookery, with a diversity of dishes ranging from steak and salad, jacket potatoes and barbecues to risotto, pasta and stir frys.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.


How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to Brighter Lives

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Brighter Lives. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Brighter Lives are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $3,380.

In addition, you are also committing to raising $150 (per person) for Brighter Lives.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit


All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.


“I wasn’t prepared for the amount of fun and enjoyment I got from the Bay of Fires Hike in 2022! Tagging along in fear of missing out, I walked away with an incredible experience of places, a wealth of knowledge and friends I still catch up with whenever possible. Raising money for a good cause never looked this good and Ican’t wait for the next adventure with the Brighter Lives crew!”

 Sammi Kimlin, Brighter Lives Bay of Fires trek, 2022

"What started as a fun idea with the view to doing something a little different, became a memorable experience resulting in life long friendships with a wonderful group of women. The hike was well coordinated with great hosts, accommodation and food. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, interesting, and generally speaking, just great people. Highly recommend that you do something like this at least once in your lifetime.  It was worth every cent.  Best described as fun and fabulous."

          Leone Lovegrove, Brighter Lives Bay of Fires trek, 2022

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