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6 - 14 MAY 2023

Walking the Larapinta Trail

Travel the Larapinta Trail, trek through the West MacDonnell Ranges and visit wonderful desert parks and botanic gardens along the way.

The Tour at a Glance
Over 9 days on this exclusive tour with the Foundation & Friends, you will trek through the ancient landscapes of the West MacDonnell Ranges, explore the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and more along the Larapinta Trial. 

The Trip
Travel with the Foundation & Friends on this exclusive tour accompanied by tour escort, Relle Mott. With a full day in Alice Springs prior to your trek you will visit the Alice Springs Desert Park and the Olive Pink Botanic Garden where you will begin to learn about the unique flora and fauna of this arid landscape. You then head out on your fully supported trek, walking with just a day pack to explore the best sections of this iconic desert trail: from the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges you'll see the vast flood plains that form this ancient land. You'll be dwarfed by the immensity of Ormiston and Serpentine Gorge and soothed by their idyllic waterholes. You'll be amazed by dramatic colour changes in the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm... and to top it all off you'll climb to the lofty peak of Mt Sonder to watch the sunrise (1,380m). Relle and your World Expeditions Guides will bring this landscape to life with stories and interpretation of it's unique flora and fauna.

At the end of each day we relax in comfort at our architect-designed camps – including hot showers, comfortable lounges and heated dining shelter – as our guides prepare gourmet 3-course dinners around the campfire. Our exclusive camps combined with passionate guides, spectacular food, and an unsurpassed itinerary make this tour the ultimate Larapinta experience.
We hope you can join us!

Another great part of this tour is a portion of your tour fee goes to the Foundation & Friends which benefits the Gardens' conservation, science, education, and horticulture efforts.

About your Leader: Relle Mott

Relle Mott has been associated with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for many years as a member of the Education team, the Volunteer Guides group, and the Foundation & Friends. Relle has led tours for the Friends to Japan, Uzbekistan and China sharing her love of plants, new cultures and destinations with like-minded travellers since 2013.

Relle dallied with architecture at university, studied in Japan, became a teacher, then entered the wonderful world of horticulture. Growing up in hot, dry Western Queensland, the lush coastal gardens of relatives imbued in Relle a love of tropical plants.

As a keen walker, Relle normally leads small groups on pilgrimage trails through the mountains of Japan several times a year. When at home she is a gardener, potter and sailor with a special interest in Japanese ceramics and the plant hunters of Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Trip Highlights
  • Trek through the ancient landscape of the West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Explore the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and Desert Park to discover unique flora and fauna
  • Hike the main highlights including Ormiston Gorge and Standley Chasm
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the ancient Indigenous culture and Traditional Owners of the land
  • Summit Mount Sonder for a spectacular sunrise
  • Relax in the evenings around a campfire as the guides prepare delicious 3 course meals
  • View spectacular and abundant bird-life along the whole trail
  • Trip escorted by Relle Mott, Foundation & Friends
For the full itinerary, the booking form, and more information:


6 - 14 May 2023

*Bookings need to be confirmed by 6 November 2022*


From $4,690 for Members &
$4,790 for Non-Members




Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens


Public transport recommended. Limited parking available

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