The stars of the desert sky are a stunning backdrop to our unique Semi-Permanent Campsites |  <i>Graham Michael Freeman</i>
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Larapinta Trail Semi-Permanent Eco Camps

Award winning walkers retreat in the desert

After eight years of careful traditional owner community consultation, groundbreaking design, engagement with National Parks and Central Land Council, and challenging construction in a remote area, in 2013, we officially launched our Larapinta Trail semi-permanent eco camps. 

Our four architecturally-designed campsites offer unique and exclusive facilities and act as a refuge for trekkers after a day spent on the trail, providing comfort on both warm days and cool nights. The innovative plans by Neeson Murcutt Architects draws upon state of the art design and technology to protect the remote and beautiful land it sits upon. 

In 2014 this innovative design was officially recognised, with the campsites awarded the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects award for Small Project Architecture (NT chapter).

World Expeditions has proudly won three Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Ecotourism Awards in 2019, 2017 & 2016 for thes innovative camps.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

The camps incorporate sustainable infrastructure, such as: 

  • water-free toilets 
  • solar lighting systems
  • a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment
  • semi-permanent design to allow the land to recover during the off-season

Building materials, colours and the overall style of the new structures were carefully chosen to blend in with the surrounding environment aesthetically, whilst maintaining the idyllic natural setting of these incredible wilderness sites. 

The Larapinta campsites offer stylish and comfortable facilities in an outback wilderness |  <i>Caroline Crick</i> Trekkers relaxing on the porch of their campsites |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Everyday life at the sustainable campsites |  <i>Lexi Connors</i> Exclusive wilderness semi permanent camps |  <i>Sue Badyari</i> The Larapinta Semi Permanent campsites offer cafe style gas heaters to warm the dining and lounge area |  <i>Caroline Crick</i>

LARAPINTA CAMP FACILITIES 

Each of the four campsites is made up of a communal tent, an ablutions tent and two shower tents. You will sleep in comfortable ‘safari style’ tents that sleep two people. 


COMMUNAL AREA

The Y-shaped structures function as a living area, covering an area of some 150 square metres.  Raised platform flooring, combined with the infinitely adaptable stretch canopy, allow the structure to be modified to the conditions at the time, ensuring the interior remains comparatively cool and sheltered in virtually any weather conditions.  

Cafe-style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the campsites. 

SLEEPING TENTS

Our spacious, safari style sleeping tents are exclusive for walkers on our 3-day Larapinta Experience in Comfort and 6-day Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort. They are the perfect addition to our four innovative semi-permanent campsites launched in 2013 – giving you the ultimate desert walking experience.

With the same footprint as our previous sleeping tents (2.4m x 2.4m), our tents are significantly more airy and open and are large enough to stand up in with the walls being 2.2 meters high – giving you more space to move and relax in. Perhaps one of the stand-out features is the large floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing the outdoors in and allowing you to sit-back and soak up the magnificent views.

Our campsite blending in with the natural environment |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Enjoy staying in our spacious sleeping tents at our semi-permanent campsites |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Larapinta sustainable campsite |  <i>Lexi Connors</i> Trekkers relaxing on the porch of their campsites |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Solar powered LED lighting systems are just one of the sustainable technologies behind the Larapinta Camps  |  <i>Caroline Crick</i> Sleeping tents at Nick's Camp |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i>

ABLUTION FACILITIES

Our eco friendly camp toilets are water-free clean and airy amenities, and are exclusive to trekkers at our campsites. These save 143 litres of water each day, thanks to their water-free system. 

SHOWER TENTS

The hot showers give trekkers a welcome way to wash away the dust of a good days walk on the Larapinta Trail. Hot water is heated using a “Donkey” hot water boiler - an efficient hot water system and an economical way to warm water. Trekkers have a 9 Litre bucket of warm water to use in our shower tents, which allows for warm-hot showers that run for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes.

Organic shampoos and soaps are included in the shower for your use, sourced from Dindi Naturals, a supplier of handmade soaps and body proiducts that contain no toxic or synthetic materials. These are free of nasty chemicals so we have minimal environmental impact as possible, derived from environmentally friendly ingredients from areas of fair trade and sustainability.

Hot showers in the Larapinta semi-permanent campsites |  <i>Mark Bennic</i> The Larapinta Camps offer composting toilets and outback showers designed for hygeine with minimal impact on the desert environment |  <i>Brett Boardman</i> Heating water for a shower in the 'donkey' |  <i>Graham Michael Freeman</i> Our eco-friendly bathroom amenities use water efficiently |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> Our eco-friendly bathroom amenities use water efficiently |  <i>Shaana McNaught</i> The Larapinta Campsites offer outback shower facilities |  <i>Sue Badyari</i>

HEATING

Cafe style gas burners provide heating at night, along with the open fire traditionally lit outdoors at the campsites.

SOLAR POWER

We use an 80W solar panel which brings power to our campsites. The power runs the:

  • Lounge, kitchen and bathroom lights
  • Water pump for the kitchen
  • Phone and camera charging

Each tent also has a solar light which is charged during the day, so clients can use these in the evenings to see around their tent.

CHARGING PHONES & CAMERAS

There are two USB 12V camera/phone battery charging ports at each campsite, powered through our solar system.

PHONE RECEPTION

There is only phone reception at Nick’s Camp but this is intermittent. There is no phone reception at Fearless Camp, Charlie’s Camp and Sonder Camp. You may get some reception on high ridges when you are walking along the trail. We encourage travellers to use as little technology as possible so they can be completely immersed in the experience and enjoy the break from being constantly connected. 

A trek on the Larapinta Trail is an experience like no other, and can leave an impression on travellers long after they return home. From sweeping views across the sunburnt landscape, to fresh-water gorges that provide the ultimate refreshment, and sunrises that bathe the sky in vibrant hues of pink, orange and deep purple, it is an experience you simply must do!  Highlights include: - Trek the ancient landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges - Summit Mount Sonder for a spectacular sunrise - Stay in award-winning, exclusive eco-campsites - Visit highlights along the trail including the Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, Standley Chasm and more - Gain an deeper understanding for the ancient Indigenous culture and Traditional Owners of tha land - Relax in the evenings around a campfire as the guides prepare delicious 3 course meals   Visit http://bit.ly/Larpainta for more information.
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