Return To Travel: World Expeditions Celebrates On The Larapinta Trail

Australian adventure travel company, World Expeditions is celebrating its return to travel by taking guests on a transformative trip to walk the Northern Territories' Larapinta Trail.

Australian adventure travel company, World Expeditions is celebrating its return to travel by taking guests on a transformative trip to walk the Northern Territories’ Larapinta Trail.

World Expeditions is celebrating a return to travel this month on the trail it pioneered 25 years ago, with five groups departing Alice Springs to walk the NT’s iconic Larapinta Trail. 

According to World Expeditions CEO, Sue Badyari, bringing this week’s departures to fruition has been the culmination of an enormous team effort. 

“We had a false start back in March, when we set up all the camps in preparedness for our busiest season ever, only to have to demount them again when travel stopped with the onset of COVID-19 restrictions,” Ms Badyari said.  

“Now, with them re-erected and with a new COVID Safe protocol in place, we – and our guides – are thrilled to see our first travellers back on the trail,”

Sue Badyari, World Expeditions CEO

“The season will be short but, it’s something.”   

Return to travel

World Expeditions Larapinta Trail
Image: Cathy Finch, World Expeditions

World Expeditions’ new operational procedures to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 include special measures with food preparation, enhanced hygiene, sanitation, and physical distancing. 

All travellers are required to complete a health screening at the start of the trip and to wear masks in certain settings, consistent with the relevant laws and regulations. 

“As well as the new safety measures, we implemented a $0 deposit booking offer to give travellers peace of mind to book in this uncertain environment,” Ms Badyari said. 

“Just before we were to begin the season in early August, the Victorian border closure was announced, forcing 26% of our travellers to cancel their travel plans at the last minute.” Ms Badyari said. 

“As we managed all the cancellations, the NT Government made the decision to close its borders to people from both Sydney and then the Greater Brisbane area, furthering disrupting travellers’ plans – and impacting operations,” Ms Badyari said. 

“It was a huge blow,” she said. “The changing border restrictions also affected our guiding team, with many forced to depart their home states early to ensure they could safely enter the NT,” she said. 

“In short, Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on our NT operations this year – and on our broader offering, but we’re grateful that we’ve been able to return to the trails, even in a limited way,”

Sue Badyari, World Expeditions CEO.

Although the majority of intended walkers were forced to cancel because of Covid-19 border restrictions, World Expeditions made the decision to operate its trips to honour bookings made by those who could travel and to provide work for its guiding team. 

Take a hike

World Expeditions Larapinta Trail
Image: Cathy Finch, World Expeditions

The company operates more than 10 itineraries on the Larapinta Trail, through its domestic brand, Australian Walking Holidays, and is the only company to offer trekkers luxuries such as hot showers, access to comfortable lounge areas in the exclusive eco camps, an indigenous food experience and private accommodation with comfortable, off-ground beds. 

Its Larapinta range includes the multi award-winning 6 day Classic Larapinta trek in Comfort, which is one of the Great Walks of Australia. 

Other Larapinta walks include:

Visit World Expeditions or Australian Walking Holidays for more information