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Adventure in the Northern Territory awaits

16 September 2020, Impact of Our Work

An epic journey to support children in need 

The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular trekking experiences. The trail stretches 223km along the backbone of the west MacDonnell ranges from the old Alice Springs telegraph station to the peak of Mount Sonder. In winter cloudless blue skies, cool breezes and temperatures in the low to mid 20s make the trail one of the world’s most iconic desert walks. 

We are all daydreaming of our next adventure where we can explore new places, meet new friends and make lifelong memories. Save the Children Australia’s Larapinta Challenge gives you all this and more. Not only will you experience an extraordinary five-day trekking adventure, you will also meet like-minded supporters, make incredible memories of exploring the best of the outback and most importantly raise vital funds so that all children have a chance at the bright future they deserve.
Is this your next travel adventure? Click the link below for information about the trek and details about how you’ll make a difference.

Explore, dream, connect and discover 

Our last Save the Children Challenge Trek took place in the foothills of Nepal, to raise funds for children in Australia and overseas. Trekker Benton Gabasa says the trip made him realise he wasn’t just creating change for children. "It was amazing getting to visit the Save the Children office in Nepal. It really helped to cement my relationship that I have had with Save the Children - over the past 13 years we have worked together to change lives for the smallest people out there. But I didn't expect it would change me too."

It really has changed my outlook on what I can do to help benefit charities like Save the Children and re-evaluate what I can do in my work life to help better lives of underprivileged people all around the world.

Benton Gabasa

Brenton and fellow trekkers in Nepal.
Photo: Imogen Williams 


For fellow trekker Imogen, nothing came close to the magic of the mountains and knowing the holiday of a lifetime was also creating real change for children. “My favourite moment was waking up (after a challenging four hours of climbing the steps the afternoon before), having coffee overlooking Fishtail Mountain and it sinking in that this trek was also helping children. I was surprised at how quickly the team came together; we all shared our dreams of wanting to see a better future for children, and that helped us all bond.” 

And as for future trekkers who are thinking about tackling the Larapinta? Brenton says you’ll never regret it. 

I cannot speak highly enough about this. It benefits your soul and so many other lives will be touched by your efforts. When it comes to training I would suggest always go above and beyond what you think you would need to do the trek. Be fit as you possibly can so that way you can enjoy the trekking experience.

Benton Gabasa

Book with confidence 

The Larapinta Challenge kicks off in July 2021; the perfect time to explore the vast landscape of the Northern Territory when weather is at its most temperate. Although booking interstate travel may seem optimistic now; you can book now with complete confidence with our travel partner, Inspired Adventures. Should we have to cancel or postpone the challenge, you will be entitled to a 100% travel credit with Inspired Adventures.

A destination like no other

There’s no doubt the Larapinta Trail is a special place; with its millions of years of history carved into the rugged terrain and spectacular wilderness. It’s a privileged place to holiday - taking in the Red Centre, learning about Indigenous history and culture with local guides, and resting comfortably in the evenings around campfires under the stars. 

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