Trek Larapinta Volunteer Projects »
Volunteer & Community Projects
Price: $850 per person.
Bookings: Click here to book
Tour starts and ends: Alice Springs
Group size: individual and group bookings welcome
About this project »
Price: The cost of the trip covers expenses with a donation made to the Friends of the Larapinta Trail. To date Trek Larapinta has donated over $3,000 to the Friends of the Larpainta Trail, with these funds being used to purchase trail maintenance equipment, refreshments for volunteers at working bees and the funding of public liability insurance for the association.
Enquires: Please contact Trek Larapinta with expressions of interest. We welcome enquires from individuals, schools, groups and organisations
These projects will be conducted in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife and other land management organisations. You will work closely with the land managers and be provided with an opportunity to have a unique experience within some of these protected areas.
Many people who have travelled through Central Australia or walked the Larapinta Trail have expressed a desire to return and experience it in a new and often giving way. Whether this is your first time or you've been before, active participation in one of these projects is sure to be a memorable and rewarding way to experience this land.
The experience of being in this ancient landscape can be powerful and refreshing. By offering fully supported camping and interpretive guiding, Trek Larapinta aims to facilitate this experience for you. We take care of the camping logistics, the catering and the guiding, so you can connect with this landscape in a calm, relaxed way and get the most out of this amazing part of Australia.
Included in our volunteer projects at no extra charge:
• a locally made good quality swag to sleep in
• bed linen, pillow and good quality sleeping bag
• top of the range spacious tent (twin share)
• quality camping and catering equipment
• delicious meals provided for the duration of the tour as well as tasty snacks for the trail
• hotel pick up and drop off
• transportation provided in commercially registered, expertly maintained tour vehicles
• all National Park permit fees
• emergency communication facilities
• professional wilderness guides
Volunteer Project April 2016 »
In mid-April 2016 Ormiston Gorge rangers were joined by fourteen Trek Larapinta volunteers and two guides for a week of trail maintenance, opening the trail for the start the walking season. Work focused on sections 8, 10 and 11 and involved pruning over hanging vegetation, chipping spinifex, erosion control and the replacement of damaged trail markers. A huge amount of work was achieved and with three sections complete the Ormiston rangers can now focus their efforts on more remote sections of the trail. Many of the volunteers were attending their second or third volunteer trip with Trek Larapinta demonstrating the strong appeal of the program. The opportunity to meet and work with the rangers, and thus gain an insight into the park and the remote lifestyle, were among the reasons given for volunteer’s attendance. In addition to working days a social night was held with rangers and their families sharing a meal with the volunteers and Trek Larapinta staff. In all it was a very successful week of hard work and good company in a beautiful location. The Ormiston team very much appreciated the efforts and enthusiasm of all involved.
Daniel Johanson - Ranger Parks and Wildlife Commission of NT – May 2016.
In April Trek Larapinta ran another successful Volunteer Program on the Larapinta Trail in conjuction with Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife. Undertaking track maintenance work to prepare the trail for the upcoming walking season, our 10 volunteers replaced trail markers damaged by fires, erected new signage on sections 10 and 11 and the Dolomite Walk at Ellery Creek, put up fencing at Rocky Bar Gap and undertook weed eradication around Ormiston Gorge. However and it wasn't all hard work - experiencing a magnificent sunrise from the top of Mt Sonder, relaxing and swimming in gorgeous water holes and of course dining on the fabulous food.
Trek Larapinta would like to thank Matt Sykes, founder of LandTalk and one of our volunteers, for sharing his experience through this short story:
Participant comments and testimonials »
Had a great experience working on 'The Trail' with the Trek Larapinta team, NT Park Rangers and the other vollies. The week was a perfect mix of working, walking some of the trail, (including a memorable climb up Sonder), relaxing, swimming in gorgeous water holes and of course dining on the fabulous food Clare, Saki and Holga whipped up as if by magic. This was a wonderful way to help out with keeping such an iconic track maintained while also getting involved with NT Parks. Would thoroughly recommend a vollies week with TL, we loved it!
Tania and Joe - Volunteers on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project – April 2013.
Thanks, Holger and Clare for an outstanding experience. Thursday roast lamb, Mt Sonder at dawn, waterholes, hands in the soil, swags on the creekbed, fine companions....outstanding (and not necessarily in that order).
Tim, Louise, Asher, Tully and Conor V - Volunteers on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project – April 2013.
Trek Larapinta in conjunction with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife completed a week long volunteer project to repair damage to the Larapinta Trail by recent bushfires.
The 10 volunteers from around Australia and the world replaced burnt track markers, moved burnt vegetation off the track to ensure the trail remains easy to navigate, and helped to maintain infrastructure in the park, such as painting camp shelters.
A number of the volunteers were taking part in the University of Adelaide's Professions Student Ambassador Program, where students are exposed to a range of both local and international projects with industry and community partners, with the aim of enhancing student experiences beyond academia
This years project raised $1,500 which was donated to the Friends of the Larapinta Trail, a not for profit group established to help care for and promote the trail that works closely with Parks and Wildlife. The money donated will be used to purchase equipment that volunteers can borrow to help maintain the trail, such as drills, loppers and rake hoes.
Participant comments and testimonials »
A huge thank you for all that you did with our students for the Larapinta experience. It has been more than overwhelming to hear their stories, the excitement of their experience, and the value it added to them as future leaders.
I have students involved in a number of projects – both community and industry related, and I can confidently say that the feedback received from the week away with you and the team is by far, the best I have heard.
The students learnt so so much, and loved every minute. I honestly do not know how to thank you enough for this - we look forward to working with you in the future on more projects.
Kim Burdett – Student Experience Coordinator, Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide - October 2012.
Fantastic collaboration with rangers. The balance between volunteering and leisure was excellent and made the trip unique.
Nick – Volunteer on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project - September 2012.
This project is a fantastic opportunity for Parks to work with volunteers to achieve positive outcomes for the trail. Everyone who walks the trail is blown away by its beauty, and are often keen to give something back to ensure it is looked after into the future.
Phil Cowan – Senior Park Ranger at Ormiston Gorge - September 2012.
We became aware of the Larapinta Trek through a recent trip to the Centre of Australia, and it seemed like a wonderful opportunity for our students. So many Australians travel overseas without firstly exploring their own backyard, myself included - so when I learnt what an amazing Red Centre we have I was eager to send a team of ambassadors up to experience this incredible landscape. The Trek Larapinta Volunteer project fits perfectly with the Professions Student Ambassador Program - exposing the students to new ideas, enhancing leadership and team-building skills, all whilst making a difference in the community. The group comprises of both local and international students who are most excited to have this unique opportunity. We look forward to working with Trek Larapinta in the future!
Kim Burdett – Student Experience Coordinator, Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide - September 2012.
We are privileged to spend our working life guiding people on the Larapinta Trail. It is an honour to be afforded access to this incredible wilderness trail and we believe very strongly in giving back and helping to maintain and manage this precious resource. Trek Larapinta would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and the hard working rangers of the NT Parks and Wildlife Service. We are delighted to be able to donate $1,500 to the Friends of the Larapinta Trail, to assist them in the purchase of much needed equipment to help maintain this world class walking trail.
Richard Mayne – Managing Director Trek Larapinta - September 2012.
Being part of the volunteer program on the Larapinta Trail I had a great trek and a great opportunity to see the track - even though some parts were devastated by fire - and to meet a good team of committed people wanting to give their time to the track.
I was able to walk with the track maintenance team and rangers which was exceptional in understanding what goes into creating a track.
Not all guides and companies take so much on in the area they walk and it is compliment to all your team.
It was a great way to see the track and experience your companies experience and commitment to such a track and area.
Kevin - Volunteer on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project – September 2012.
A great feeling to give back to the beautiful Central Australia, but still be hosted and taught many new skills in style.
Tom – Volunteer on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project - September 2012.
Great people, great food, great experience. Loved it!
Khalillahitussin – Volunteer on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project - September 2012.
Absolutely fabulous experience in Central Australia. Going to miss sleeping in the swag and gazing at the stars.
Christina – Volunteer on the Trek Larapinta Volunteer Project - September 2012.
See our Trek Larapinta Volunteer Program article in the Centralian Advocate newspaper 21 September 2012 »
See Trek Larapinta donating to the Friends of the Larapinta Trail - article in the Centralian Advocate newspaper 5 October 2012 »