Journey to the heart of the rugged Australian Outback with the Western Health Foundation to transform the health and wellbeing of Melbourne’s west.

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14-19 May 2024



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The Difference You'll Make


Cancer touches us all, throughout our lives, in some way or another.

Unfortunately, the demand for cancer care and treatment services is growing. One in two Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. The demand for diagnostic and treatment services in Melbourne’s west is expected to see an 85 per cent increase by 2037.

The Western Health Foundation has run successful support programs for cancer patients for the past decade. The funds we raised from the last Best Care Larapinta Trek helped us launch our cancer care pack program. Now, all patients starting chemotherapy receive a care pack to provide extra comfort on their journey.

This is a small example of how we can improve practical care and support for patients during their treatment and recovery.

But the need for support is growing. And our community deserves our help as they face this life-changing challenge.

We need your help to raise $250,000 annually so we can support more of our cancer patients.


How it works


Book with Confidence

Pay only $475 upfront to secure your place and pay the remaining balance in flexible instalments.

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 to worthwhile causes.

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 14 May 2024 - Arrive in Alice Springs

The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins! Upon arrival in Alice Springs, please make your way to our hotel in the heart of Central Australia. In the early evening, we meet in the hotel lobby for our first team briefing. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to explore this ruggedly beautiful town in the heart of Australia.

Accommodation: Mercure or similar

Day 2: Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Geoff Moss Bridge – Wallaby Gap

After breakfast, we take a short transfer to the start of our first trek from Geoff Moss Bridge to Wallaby Gap. With incredible views over vast stretches of inland Australia, today’s trek is the perfect introduction to the wild wonder of the region and what’s ahead. In the afternoon, we transfer to our remote campsite in the MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Here, the true experience begins as we relax in a region synonymous with the Dreamtime of the Western Arrernte Aboriginal people.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping 

Trekking distance: 12km (5 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Thursday 16 May 2024 - Finke River – Ormiston Gorge – Ochre Pits

This morning, we weave our way from the Finke River to Ormiston Gorge through rolling limestone hills filled with unique plant life. The Finke is one of the oldest river systems in the world, and the local Arrernte name for this waterway – Lhere Pinte, meaning “salty river” – gives the whole trail its name. Today’s trek finishes at Ormiston Gorge, home to the most impressive gorge in the West MacDonnell region. A near-permanent waterhole shaded by ghost gums and towering red rock walls awaits us after our challenging trek, and we’ll take time here to rest and freshen up with a quick dip. Later in the day, we’ll explore the Ochre Pits before returning to our camp for another night under the stars. 

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

Trekking distance: 13.6km (5 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Friday 17 May 2024 - Redbank Gorge – Mount Sonder

This morning, we rise before the sun and transfer to Redbank Gorge at the base of Mount Sonder (Rwetyepme or the “pregnant lady” in the local language). From here, we make a slow, steady ascent to the summit. The journey is arduous along a rocky and loose path that occasionally disappears into brush, but we’re constantly rewarded with incredible 360° views of the ranges, plains, valleys and salt lakes below. Reaching the summit at sunrise, we take time to catch our breath and bask in the grandeur of the desert landscape – and our incredible achievement. After descending slowly, we transfer back to our campsite for our last night camping in the Australian Outback.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

Trekking distance: 15.5km (6.5 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Saturday 18 May 2024 - Standley Chasm – Reveal Saddle

On our last day of trekking, we transfer to Standley Chasm and make our way to Reveal Saddle. Known traditionally as Angkerle Atwatye, meaning “gap of water”, Standley Chasm is an icon of great cultural relevance to the Western Arrernte people. After ample time to explore, we transfer back to Alice Springs, arriving in the early evening. Tonight, we gather for a final dinner together to reflect on our individual and team achievements.

Accommodation: Mercure or similar

Trekking distance: 8km (3 hours)

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Sunday 19 May 2024 - Depart Alice Springs

This morning, we bid farewell to Alice Springs, the Red Centre and our Larapinta adventure. As you make your way to the airport or onto further travels, you’ll be filled with the memories and moments that have made this adventure one you’ll never forget.

Meals: B

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Twin-share accommodation in 4-star hotel 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 (optional)

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Discover the Aussie Outback along one of the world’s premier walking tracks
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Trek the West MacDonnell Ranges to the summit of Mount Sonder
  • Transform health and wellbeing in Melbourne’s West.

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. Trekking the Larapinta Trail 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, all 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 Western Health Foundation has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 20 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 the Western Health Foundation, 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 comfortably the following day.

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. You will be sleeping in traditional Aussie swags that include a mattress, sheets, pillow and a sleeping bag, all supplied by our ground operator. A limited number of tents (twin-share) are available on a first come first serve basis and vary in appearance and standard, depending on the campsite. 

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 when booking and we will pair you together.

What to expect

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 our 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, 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 the Western Health Foundation? 

Yes, all funds raised go directly to the Western Health Foundation. Only travel costs are payable to Inspired Adventures/Travel.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, funds raised for the Western Health Foundation 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: $3,654 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for the Western Health Foundation.

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 travel 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.


“Was an overall amazing experience. It’s clear that you have to immerse yourself in it, and you will get from it what you put into it.”

– Shane Kruger, PanKind's Larapinta 2022

“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 Floyd, Starlight Foundation's Larapinta 2022

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