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Larapinta Campsites designed by award winning Neeson Murcutt Architects

New Campsite on Larapinta Trail Travel journalist Andrew Bain experienced the Larapinta Trail first hand staying at World Expedition’s new Larapinta campsites. Below he perfectly summarises the architectural prowess of these exceptionally crafted eco campsites designed by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

Bain describes the campsites to be unique like no other. “Its design was inspired by Arnhem Land sleeping platforms and Bedouin tents, following a walk along the Larapinta Trail in 2005 by its architects, Rachel Neeson and husband Nick Murcutt, who worked collaboratively on the design until Nick – son of the great Glenn Murcutt – died in 2011, aged 46, midway through the project. The camp near Simpsons Gap has been named Nicks’ Camp.”

Rachel Neeson adds “essentially the idea was to bring an element of comfort without taking away at all the fact that you’re camping. We wanted it to be true to the idea of camping. You want people to be able to enjoy the trekking along the Larapinta Trail by day and arrive into the campsite to totally relax in the back to nature environment.”

Bain highlights the functionality of how in this fragile desert ecosystem, sustainability is a keystone of the camps. “Both have waterless composting toilets, while grey water from the hot showers and the kitchen sinks is trapped, filtered and run through absorption trenches to an evaporation point.”

“Cardboard waste is taken away, crushed into briquettes and used as fuel on the campfire, while camp lighting (and USB and 12-volt chargers built into the frame of the communal tent) is powered by a solar panel.”

To find out more visit the website, call us on 1300 720 000 or email enquiries@australianwalkingholidays.com.au


Please check direct for availability and prices for the 2016 walking season.

The Scenic Rim Trail is praised as “one of the great walks of Australia”. Enjoy a spectacular four-day guided walk that explores the stunning Scenic Rim region of Queensland’s High Country; a collection of mountains, ridges, rain forests and ancient volcanic plateaus set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage listed national parks.

Your stay includes:

  • 3 night’s luxury accommodation, including 2 nights at Spicers Canopy and 1 night at Spicers Peak Lodge
  • Gourmet dining and select beverages
  • Hiking day packs
  • Experienced guide over 4 days
  • Porterage of luggage
  • Return transfers from Brisbane (set pick up and drop off locations)

From $1832 per person, twin share.

Terms & Conditions apply:

  • Walk must be booked prior to 31 October 2015.
  • Valid for walks departing between March and October 2016.
  • Not valid with any other offers.
  • Direct bookings for new reservations only.
  • Subject to availability.
  • Offer is based on 20% discount off the 2016 published rates.

For more information or to book visit the Scenic Rim Trail website; call us on 1300 101 149 or email reservations@spicersretreats.com


New entrance - Arkaba HomesteadFollowing a month of intensive work in July, Arkaba’s luxurious heritage homestead reopened in August with a full refurbishment of the homestead exterior and the addition of a new conservatory entrance and expanded lounge area for guests.

For walkers on The Arkaba Walk this means that when they walk into the Arkaba Homestead after 3 days of immersion in the stories that underly one of Australia’s most beautiful outback properties, they are greeted by a supremely comfortable final night to the walk and a sumptuous 3 course dinner prepared by Arkaba’s chef, Daniel, accompanied by premium South Australian wines.

These developments come on top of the upgrades made earlier in the year with Arkaba’s swimming pool and outdoor dining deck being raised to another level.

To book your place on The Arkaba Walk, call us on 1300 790 561 (Australia) or +61 2 9571 6399 (International); email arkabawalk@wildbushluxury.com or visit the website here.


Twelve Apostles Lodge WalkLonely Planet released their Ultimate Travelist in August 2015 which features the Top 500 must-visit places in the world.  Victoria’s Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road took out 12th place in this prestigious global list, coinciding perfectly with the new season of the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.

With the Twelve Apostles as your end goal, you will love every step of this spectacular four day walk. Delight in the variety of landscapes from cool-climate rainforest and remote beaches to coastal cliff tops, and finally view it all from the air on a scenic helicopter flight.

The 2015 season starts on 9 September and continues through to May 2016.

To book your spot, visit the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk website, call on Phone: 1300 767 416 (Australia) or +61 3 5237 4276 (International) or email us at reservations@twelveapostleslodgewalk.com.au.


Nestled discreetly into the landscape 200 metres from the Lodge, the spa and the outdoor bathing pavilion provide the perfect environment to relax and enjoy nature at its purest.

Bay of Fires Lodge Spa


Winner of this years’ LI’TYA “Best Eco Spa” award, our spa is inspired by the revival of indigenous healing practices that has its roots in the Australian Aboriginal Dreaming and harnesses the restorative, clarifying and invigorating properties of Australia’s native plants.

Due to the spa’s popularity, a second treatment room will be opening for this coming season which starts in October and runs through to May 2016.   To find out more about the Spa’s signature treatments, click here.

To secure your place on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, you can book online via the website; call us on 03 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

Friendly Beaches Lodge at nightIn response to increased demand, the Freycinet Experience Walk will now have double departures with trips departing every Tuesday and Friday from November 2015 to April 2016, making it easier for you to include this breathtaking and fascinating walk into your busy schedule. And with increased flights to and from Tasmania, Freycinet is closer than you think.

This unique four day Tasmanian adventure lets you leave everything behind.  A rare chance to be off the grid, out of touch with the world, yet more in contact with yourself.

There’s nothing like a walking holiday to reconnect. Reunite with family and friends and take advantage of our group discounts. Or make new friendships with like-minded people and be enriched by our passionate guides.

The new season starts in November and runs through to April 2016.

To secure your spot, visit the Freycinet Experience website; contact us on 1800 506 003 (Australia) or +61 3 6223 7565 (International) or email walk@freycinet.com.au