Climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei -  Photo: Peter Walton Chilling out on Phewa Lake, Pokhara -  Photo: Timothy Starkey Wildlife viewing in Chobe -  Photo: Peter Walton Hiking along the edge of Karakol Lake, on the Chinese side of the Karakoram Highway. -  Photo: Jarryd Salem Phoksundo Lake, Upper Dolpo, Nepal -  Photo: Bill Quinlan A young Mongolian boy herds Bactrian camels -  Photo: Cam Cope

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Our History

  • Sunrise on the summit of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia. -  Photo: Amy Croucher
  • Biking across the Northern part of Borneo, Malaysia -  Photo: Spice Roads

Go remote with the experts

 

World Expeditions has been operating since 1975 and offers a diverse range of original off the beaten track itineraries on every continent which all adhere to our leave no trace policy of travel. Originally specializing in the Himalayas (as Australian Himalayan Expeditions), it has expanded and evolved to include adventure holidays all over the world. With currently 6 offices (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, London and Ottawa) and approximately 500 stand alone itineraries across the globe, World Expeditions is the oldest and most experienced adventure travel company in Australia.


In 1977 World Expeditions identified the opportunity for adventure travel in the Australian market, set up its first Northern Territory trip in Kakadu in 1983 and has continued to operate across the NT ever since, operating trips that allow clients to embrace a sustainable and minimal impact style of travel. World Expeditions first pioneered the Larapinta trek in 1995 as an exclusive outback trekking experience, and has strived to continually develop and improve the Larapinta trek itineraries, removing barriers between clients and country.

 

Leaders in Responsible Travel

It has always been our motto to "take only photographs and leave only footprints", and our eco footprint is one of the softest and yet most comfortable experiences trekkers can have along the Larapinta Trail. We have three exclusive eco-friendly, semi Permanent campsites that give trekkers a relaxing base to enjoy the pristine desert scenery and outback solitude. Featuring a kitchen, communal lounge and dining shelter on a raised platform out of the dust, the camps provide a cool and shady open haven, and a warm shelter during the cool nights with gas heating. Water-free toilets are in a clean and airy amenities shelter that are, and waste is disposed of by the Alice Springs Treatment Plant. Hot showers are an added comfort for trekkers after a day’s walk.

These campsites would not be possible without a strong partnership with NT National Parks & Wildlife and the Aboriginal Traditional Owners who jointly manage the land. The exclusive sub-lease ensures that the benefits of our tours are shared equitably with the Aboriginal Traditional Owners whose land we walk and camp upon. World Expeditions is the only company in Australia to have the full endorsement of The Wilderness Society. This is in recognition of our responsible approach to travel in remote areas. The Larapinta Treks have also been accredited as Ecotourism ECO IV certified, awarded for our strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices, high quality nature-based tourism experiences, and in recognition of our optimal resources use, conservation practices and help towards local communities.

Semi Permanent Campsites

In 2013, we launched our semi-permanent campsites, and we currently have three semi-permanent campsites along the Larapinta Trail. These are: Nick's Camp, Charlie's Camp and Fearless Camp. Our exclusive semi permanent eco camp sites have been architecturally designed and constructed with all of the facilities required to provide comfort and enjoyment in the wilderness for clients, including camp shower facilities, toilets, safari style tents, comfortable swags inserted with mattress and pillow, outdoor chairs, washing basin, shaded communal lounge and dining facilities along with a stainless steel kitchen. All waste, even when disposed of properly, has an environmental impact, so clients are encouraged bring items with minimal packaging.

Building materials, colours and style of the campsites were carefully chosen to blend in with the surrounding environment aesthetically, whilst maintaining the idyllic natural setting of wilderness sites. The camps incorporate new sustainable technologies such as water-free toilets, solar lighting systems, a hybrid grey water disposal system designed for the arid environment and a semi-permanent design that allows the camp to be dismantled to allow the land to recover during the off-season.

Leaders in the field

The key to the success of our Larapinta program, and your holiday, is our team of dedicated guides. These people are outdoor professionals and choose to lead our trips because they agree that these are extraordinary adventures. Our whole team is committed to minimal impact travel and will be able to share techniques and tips for reducing our environmental impact. Our caring team of people will provide you with experienced leadership, healthy and delicious meals, local knowledge, first aid if needed and an heightened travel experience. Our team at World Expeditions is committed to providing you with the best experience on our Larapinta Trail possible. From the booking process to on the field, we work hard to ensure you get the best service and assistance possible. The key to the success of our Larapinta program is our team of dedicated guides.

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Pioneering new adventures

Our semi-permanent campsites along the Larapinta Trail are the latest innovations in a series of pioneering wilderness travel concepts allowing you to experience Australia’s most rugged & remote areas in considerable comfort. For over a decade we worked with Neeson-Murcutt Architects to design innovative, stylish and sustainable semi-permanent campsite facilities along the Larapinta Trail, that enhance the experience of trekkers while at the same time minimizing environmental impacts. This allows trekkers to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Larapinta Trail in an eco friendly and sustainable manner. World Expeditions’ Classic Larapinta in Trek Comfort fosters environmental and cultural appreciation and conservation through our facilities, practices and innovative improvements to our product offering.

Working with traditional owners

For over 37 years we have forged strong relationships with Aboriginal traditional land owners. It's thanks to this long-standing relationships with the indigenous traditional owners and NT National Parks & Wildlife that allowed us to create a cooperative arrangement with regards to the semi-permanent campsites. The design development involved many face-to-face meetings with the Aboriginal traditional owners to ensure that local community contributed to and embraced the plan. By co-operating closely with real Aboriginal involvement we hope to provide you with more genuine travel opportunities.

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World Expeditions has been operating since 1975 and offers a diverse range of original off the beaten track itineraries on every continent which all adhere to our leave no trace policy of travel. Originally specializing in the Himalayas (as Australian Himalayan Expeditions), it has expanded and evolved to include adventure holidays all over the world. With currently 6 offices (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, London and Ottawa) and approximately 500 stand alone itineraries across the globe, World Expeditions is the oldest and most experienced adventure travel company in Australia.


In 1977 World Expeditions identified the opportunity for adventure travel in the Australian market, set up its first Northern Territory trip in Kakadu in 1983 and has continued to operate across the NT ever since, operating trips that allow clients to embrace a sustainable and minimal impact style of travel. World Expeditions first pioneered the Larapinta trek in 1995 as an exclusive outback trekking experience, and has strived to continually develop and improve the Larapinta trek itineraries, removing barriers between clients and country.

 

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World Expeditions has been operating since 1975 and offers a diverse range of original off the beaten track itineraries on every continent which all adhere to our leave no trace policy of travel. Originally specializing in the Himalayas (as Australian Himalayan Expeditions), it has expanded and evolved to include adventure holidays all over the world. With currently 6 offices (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, London and Ottawa) and approximately 500 stand alone itineraries across the globe, World Expeditions is the oldest and most experienced adventure travel company in Australia. Contact us

 

Meet our team


  • Heidi is our managesasays escaping from the office to uncover hidden gems and places of exceptional beauty.

  • Linda Murden Adventure Reservations Consultant

    Linda will look after your reservation from confirming your booking on the trip, chasing your paperwork and sending your final tour documents to you. Originally from South East Queensland, she has now made her home in Sydney after living overseas for 9 years.

  • Shelley Gabites

    Kirke is our Operations Coordinator, where he oversees all aspects of our team and smoothness of operations. He grew up in NZ and studied Outdoor recreation, working in various outdoor educations outfits around Australia and tourism operations overseas. Adventure, travel and outdoors are what get him out of bed in the morning! His spare time spent is on the trail with his bike, or snowboarding whenever possible.

  • Holly-Mae Van de Beek Guide

    Holly-Mae grew up in Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsular and has been with World Expeditions for 3 years. She loves being out in the bush, being totally self sufficient and able to live out of what’s in her pack that she carries on my back every day. Although she has been doing this for a few years, she is constantly surprised and in awe of the beauty and power of nature.

  • Oscar Bedfordy Guide

    Oscar grew up in the north west of Tasmania in a remote area on a 60 acre bush block, and his childhood years were spent exploring the bush, hunting, fishing, building, hiking, and camping. Oscar has travelled to a few places around the word – Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, New Zealand, Sri Lanka…. but nothing beats being back on the Franklin River for Oscar. It is so remote and unique in so many ways and rafting this river is the only way people can really see and experience the south west of Tasmania “I feel very privileged to be able to work on the river.”

  • Nicole Mulcahy Guide

    Nicole is a kiwi who has fallen in love with guiding bush walks in Australia. After graduating in outdoor education she has guided sea kayaking, bushwalking and cycling trips in both NZ and Australia. Her favourite Australian bush walk would have to be bungles bungles, and her favourite part about guiding is that it gives her the opportunity to share with people what these amazing places have to offer and enhance their understanding and experiences!

  • William Barker Guide

    Born in Tasmania, Will calls the south of the state his home. His first bushwalk was on the South Coast, but he loves the Tasmanian High Country most of all. “Every time I walk the overland, I'm guaranteed to see something I've never seen before, be it some weird orchid, the way the clouds play during a sunrise or the waterfalls running so hard they make the ground shake under my feet!” With a background in marine Ecology, will is now studying Environmental Management and Conservation Ecology postgrad.

  • Nigel Boydell Guide

    Nigel started guiding for World Expeditions as a way to experience mother nature with others. Since guiding in Alice Springs over the last two years, he has become passionate about learning of the balance, respect and harmony that the aboriginal people had with their land, life and spiritual dimensions, and this inspires him to see how modern man can re-establish their natural connections.

  • Jordie Rieniets Guide

    Jordie has been guiding for four years now on both the Larapinta and the Franklin River, as well as the Cape to Cape, Bungle Bungles, Kakadu and the Jatbula trail. A high school teacher by trade specializing in outdoor education and geography, he’s also and an avid kayaker and climber as enjoys playing music. Jordie grew up in Moe in Victoria and his favourite trip and place is the Franklin river in Tasmania, and got into guiding as it was a great opportunity to share his love of the environment and nature with other like minded people, and claims it provides you with the best office you can find in any job.

  • Harriet Negus Guide

    Harriet grew up in central Victoria where her love for the outdoors was ignited through time spent hiking in the Victorian Alps. Harriet is a photographer and has combined her passion of capturing the beauty of the outdoors through study in Fine Art and Outdoor Education. She currently guides on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia and spends her summers working in Outdoor Education in the Grampians, Western Victoria. In her spare time Harriet can be found climbing and photographing new and amazing parts of Australia and the world.

  • Joshua Brown Guide

    Josh grew up in the Blue Mountains where a youth spent exploring canyons and cliffs sparked a love for wilderness. This led him to studying Environmental Science and travelling internationally to guide whitewater rafting trips, a passion that has taken him from BC Canada all the way to the Franklin River in Tasmania. Currently he balances life with guiding on the Larapinta Trail, working for national parks in Victoria and climbing any rock he can find.

Dorm bunk -  Photo: Jac Lofts Split level beds on the Claire de Lune barge -  Photo: HAT Tours perm camp beds Tijdgeest bunk bed cabin -  Photo: Efti Poulos

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