Trek the Larapinta, 9-15 June 2019
Imagine a journey that takes you right into the heart of Australia, across the vast and ancient landscape of the Red Centre.
The Larapinta Trail
The Larapinta Trail is regarded as one of Australia’s premier walking tracks. From the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to the peak of Mount Sonder, the trail stretches 223 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
As part of this incredible – yet challenging – adventure, you will stand on ancient escarpments and gaze out upon the ochre-coloured landscapes of Central Australia. You will follow Aboriginal Dreaming tracks and trek beside one of the world’s oldest river systems.
By day, you will challenge yourself as you trek across the Red Centre, experiencing the diversity of desert habitats and learning the unique history of Australia’s Indigenous peoples. At night, you will fall asleep to the sounds of native wildlife under a blanket of stars.
Best of all, you will be making a significant contribution to helping children suffering from trauma due to abuse, neglect and family violence.
Children like Sophia
At just six years old Sophia has been through more than many of us could ever imagine. Since birth she has lived around abuse and family violence, with her father frequently attacking her mother and threatening to kill her. Sophia would be locked in a room for hours on end while the abuse took place, as a ‘punishment’ to her mother.
As Sophia learnt to talk her father would tell her it was her fault that they were suffering. As a result Sophia became withdrawn and her development was severely affected. At school she was unable to concentrate on learning and was too nervous to make friends. Instead she spent her time making secret lists of all the things she could do to help her mother ‘behave better and not get punished’.
One day Sophia’s teacher found one of the lists, which read: “help mummy to not annoy daddy so much, be quiet so I don’t upset daddy, try to be brave and not listen when mummy is getting hurt”.
Thankfully Child Protection were alerted, who helped Sophia’s mother with safe accommodation and emergency support. Specialist trauma counsellors at the Australian Childhood Foundation have been working closely with Sophia to help her make sense of the abuse and begin to heal. It’s been a slow and painful process, but after several months Sophia is beginning to learn to play and trust grown-ups.
There are thousands of children just like Sophia across Australia that still need our help. By taking part in the Trek for Childhood you will be making a significant contribution to the lives of children like Sophia who desperately need our help to heal.
Trek Dates: 9-15 June 2019
Trek Location: Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs
Trek Difficulty: 3/5 (Moderate Challenge)
Fundraising Target: $3,000 per participant
Registration Fee: $475*
*for a limited time only! Reduced from $770
Travel Quote: $2,499 per participant*
*Includes accommodation, transfers as per itinerary, meals as per itinerary, water, location guide, camping fees
You can make a difference
Thousands of children across Australia need our help to heal from the trauma of abuse, family violence and neglect. Set yourself a goal this year to Trek for Childhood and take part in this incredible journey through the heart of Australia.
This printable PDF Info Pack includes day-by-day itinerary for the trek and more information on your fundraising.
Get in touch
Our friendly team at Inspired Adventures are ready to answer any questions you may have about the trek. Call them on 1300 905 188 or contact the team by email.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your adventure is ranked 3/5 (moderate). 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 Trek for Childhood 2019 is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.
We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, running and cycling will all strengthen your legs and improve stamina.
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 charity challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Upon registration, you pay a registration fee of $475 (currently reduced from $770 for January 2019). You will then need to pay the travel quote $2,499* and the donation to Australian Childhood Foundation (fundraising target: $3,000). *Subject to change
Other costs to consider are flights to Alice Springs if required, airport transfers and travel insurance (compulsory).
Past participants have successfully fundraised in many creative and fun ways. We will send you a comprehensive Fundraising Toolkit upon registration to help you reach your target. You will also have regular support from the Inspired team, who will help you develop and manage your fundraising plan, as well as support from the charity for which you are fundraising.