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Help create a world with no "us and them" as we walk together through the Red Centre to support health and healing for Wayside Chapel's First Nations visitors.

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24-29 August 2024

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$3,379

Trip Cost
Paid upfront or in instalments

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3/5

Challenge Grade

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$3,500

Fundraising Target

The Difference You'll Make

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This August 2024, embark on a special journey with us as we mark 60 years of Wayside Chapel. Join Rev Jon Owen, CEO and Pastor, for a 60km trek along the iconic Larapinta Trail, symbolising each year of Wayside's commitment to compassion and community.

As you traverse the vibrant red paths of the West MacDonnell Ranges and delve into shaded gorges, you’ll be immersed in the rich history and stories of Australia's First Peoples.

Wayside Chapel has been a place of hope and equality since its inception in 1964. Soon after opening, founder Rev. Ted Noffs initiated the first Foundation for Aboriginal Affairs at Wayside Kings Cross, aspiring to achieve equality for Aboriginal people through opportunity. In a historic move, Charlie Perkins co-led a group of uni students on a bus from Wayside through rural NSW in 1965, challenging entrenched racism against Indigenous Australians. These actions marked the beginning of Wayside’s enduring journey alongside our First Nations peoples.

Now, as we celebrate 60 years of service, we invite you to join us in stepping forward into the future. We'll walk together not just for adventure, but to raise vital funds that will help provide wrap-around care and support for people sleeping rough or in crisis. Each day, over 300 individuals seek connection and support at Wayside. Despite representing only three percent of Australia’s population, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people form over a quarter of our community.

By committing to this epic challenge, you will stand in solidarity with First Nations communities, acknowledging their experiences and contributing to their healing. With each stride you’ll help provide holistic, culturally safe care to engage our visitors and improve their wellbeing, addressing the challenges of addiction, homelessness, and the long-lasting effects of trauma and disconnection. Wayside Chapel is committed to closing the gap with connection, compassion, and care, one person at a time. If you share this vision, come walk with us.

Together, on this 60km journey, we will tread a path of progress and hope along the Larapinta Trail, honouring 60 years of Wayside’s impact.

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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
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 to worthwhile causes.

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

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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, Saturday, 24 August 2024: Arrive in Alice Springs

Day 1, Saturday, 24 August 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.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel 

Meals: None

Day 2, Sunday, 25 August 2024: Alice Springs to Wallaby Gap 

Day 2, Sunday, 25 August 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 with the Dreamtime (Alcheringa) of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people as we enjoy a Kungkas Can Cook Tasting Platter for pre-dinner nibbles. 

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking time: 14km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Monday, 26 August 2024: Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge 

Day 3, Monday, 26 August 2024: Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Gorge 

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 for a refreshing swim. Tonight, relax at our beautiful campsite as the sun sets and the colours of the night desert erupt into million-star accommodation.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 11km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Tuesday, 27 August 2024: Mount Sonder Climb

Day 4, Tuesday, 27 August 2024: Mount Sonder Climb

We'll wake up early this morning to begin trekking at 3am 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. Afterward, 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.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 16km

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Wednesday, 28 August 2024: Ormiston Pound Walk to Alice Springs

Day 5, Wednesday, 28 August 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.

Accommodation: 4-star hotel

Trekking distance: 9km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Thursday, 29 August 2024: Depart Alice Springs

Day 6, Thursday, 29 August 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 • Accommodation in 4-star hotel and camping based on twin-share in swags and tents • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary

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

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • You’ll be walking for change: Your support extends love, care and wrap-around support to those experiencing homelessness or in crisis, including the quarter of our community who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • You’re fostering cultural healing: Your fundraising will help deliver and expand Wayside’s culturally safe, trauma-informed services, fostering healing through connection, particularly for First Nations people.
  • You’re taking on an epic challenge: Tackle one of Australia's most iconic trails and immerse yourselfin the breathtaking Outback. Push your limits in an ancient landscape where every step tells a story.
  • You’re experiencing summits, sunrises, and stars: Experience the wonder of dawn from Mount Sonder, and the magic of sleeping under a canopy of stars.
  • You’re celebrating a milestone: Walk 60km in honour of Wayside Chapel's 60 years. Celebrate a legacy of love over hate.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) 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? 

The Wayside Chapel has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and The Wayside Chapel, 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.

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.

Fundraising

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.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for The Wayside Chapel 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 $3,379 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for The Wayside Chapel.

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. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

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 www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

 

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

Testimonials

"It was a challenging, humbling and breathtaking trip. I was reminded of both the majesty and vulnerability of this great land and our responsibility to live with it, rather than simply on it. I made friendships with an insightful, generous and determined group of wonderful people that will survive well beyond this journey."

– Sergio, Starlight Larapinta Trek 2022

“This was a once-in-a-life trip, with diverse scenery and amazing travel companions. I achieved challenges I’d never dream of!!”

- Karen Percival, CEO of MND South Australia

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