Educational Cultural Experiences

For School Groups

Experience Overview

School Immersion Experience



Experience the Central Australian bush and Aboriginal culture with Larapinta Culture, an Aboriginal-owned and operated business providing educational experiences from an Aboriginal perspective.

We want to bridge the learning gap. Our culture has always embodied the value of “caring and sharing”, so come on a journey with our friends and family and experience friendship, learning and understanding. Your host will be Colleen Purula Powell and all the families from different outstations and Aboriginal communities.

Experience the rugged and spectacular scenery of the Central Australian desert, interact with the traditional people of this land, experience gathering bush foods and medicines, see traditional tools and weapons, camp out under the stars on traditional Aboriginal land, and hear Aboriginal languages being spoken. (You will travel through five language groups.)

See the timeless beauty and breathtaking ancient landscapes as you travel through Central Australia.

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Experience Larapinta Culture

All tour itineraries and particulars are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, cultural considerations, operational issues or unforeseen circumstances. As such, Larapinta Culture reserves the right to alter/cancel any or all of an itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and timetable but no guarantees are made.

 

Day 1 –  Arrival at Alice Springs Airport, then shake off the city life and begin your Central Australian immersion experience and enter into the world of Aboriginal life. You’ll begin your journey to Central Mt Wedge, north-west of Alice Springs. Travel on the Tanami Highway (sealed) and then 9km on dirt road to our destination.

Days 2,3,4 –  7am breakfast, and meet and greets by traditional owners. Be prepared for your learning experience to begin with introductions and cultural interactions.

Participate in cultural activities such as digging for honey ants, songlines, tools and weapons, language, kinship, try bush tucker, be around Aboriginal people and soak up the energy.

Day 5 – early rise, 6am breakfast, pack all gear and belongings, have your packs prepared for a day’s travelling, e.g. food and water, snacks for the day and camera.

Depart on our journey towards Watarrka National Park and Uluru.

Today’s journey takes us to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) taking in fantastic views and highlights. Lunch will be on the road.

This section is taken up in travel time to Watarrka. This will be a long day’s drive from Mt Wedge, Papunya, to Haasts Bluff then on the Mareeni Loop (dirt roads). Arrival at Kings Canyon late afternoon.

So, get comfortable on the bus, write in your journals or just watch the scenery. Two nights, as we take in the sites around Watarrka (Kings Canyon).

Day 6 – Early rise, breakfast, travel to Kings Canyon. The beginning of the canyon walk is steep. On all our walks, we maintain a close relationship and offer support to students who require assistance. This climb and walk is about 3-4 hours soaking up the surrounds – a fantastic day’s trekking. Lunch will be in the ‘Garden of Eden’.

You will need adequate water and snacks. There are no toilets on the walk, only at the beginning and end.

Day 7 – Early rise, breakfast, break camp ready for road trip to Uluru. Three hours’ travel time along Luritja Drive then on to Lasseters Highway to Uluru.

Arrive at Uluru, set up camp at destination, lunch. After lunch, drive 20km to the Cultural Centre for presentation.

Day 8 – Early rise, breakfast, then walk around Uluru (14 km), lunch on the walk.

This will be a long day and you will need to be well prepared with water, food, and appropriate footwear and clothing, depending on the weather conditions on the day.

Day 9 – Early rise, breakfast, prepare for day trip to Kata Tjuta. Day walking, lunch provided.

Day 10 – Early rise, break camp, head to airport, farewells.

 

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Inclusions

What's included in the price?

  • All tents, swags and bedding (sheet, doona and pillow)
  • Deckchairs
  • Cooking facilities
  • Toilets (pit toilets in some locations in remote areas)
  • All vehicle transfers to locations
  • All healthy meals and snacks and fruit
  • Aboriginal guides
  • Territory park fees
  • Educational tours
  • Interaction with Aboriginal families on Aboriginal land
  • National Park fees
  • Bus driver/cooks
  • All camping fees
  • Camp manager, first aid kits and fitted trailers
  • Water supply, extra water bottles for drinking
  • Insurance
  • Great staff to cater for your needs whilst in our care and guidance

What you need to bring

Suitable footwear and clothing. I recommend proper walking boots. (Thongs or open shoes can be used around camp), day pack, personal medication, camera, sunscreen, rehydration packs (you can buy these from the chemist) fly nets, any drinks and snacks you require, head lamp (torch) for night-time, a brimmed hat, towel for showers and cream for heat rash.

It is recommended that each person brings a soft bag for their clothes (no suitcases). Please think of space – the smaller the bag the better.

As students will be staying on Aboriginal land, it is requested that they don’t overdress or wear inappropriate clothes, i.e. no short shorts or low-cut clothing, as this is culturally inappropriate. Students should limit the amount of clothing they bring. Please don’t bring your best clothes or whites as the red dust will change the colour of your clothes. You may want to wear the same clothes for a couple of days.

What you need to know

I recommend that the students carry camel packs for water and that their main bags are soft bags – NO SUITCASES PLEASE!

Your soft bag is used for your clothes and toiletries, your day pack will be used during the day to carry what you require on your walks. Please be prepared for all situations (weather changes, etc.) as there are no shops to buy what you need, e.g. walking boots, etc.

Further Information

The extra School Immersion details

If you decide to come on a cultural immersion journey with Larapinta Culture, please confirm your booking with a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Cost per person is $2,600.

BANKING DETAILS

Please pay direct debit into Larapinta Culture Account: Westpac: BSB:035-303 Account: 406921.

Please advise us of any dietary or medical requirements or conditions, even those that you’re managing yourself. This is very important for us to know, for the safety of all on tour.

As we’ll be travelling in remote areas, we need to know everything, otherwise you may find you will be liable for any emergency services required.

  • We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.
  • Our Public Liability Insurance is $20,000,000.
  • Our Accreditation manual provides Risk Management Policies. Please be aware we also have Cancellation Policies.

All tour itineraries and particulars are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, cultural considerations, operational issues or unforeseen circumstances. As such, Larapinta Culture reserves the right to alter/cancel any or all of an itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and timetable but no guarantees are made.

Looking after the physical safety and well-being of visitors on Country is an important element of Aboriginal culture and this will remain a priority of Larapinta Culture and its staff.

This business ensures that its customers receive the best possible service at all times.

We understand that, in our role within the tourism industry, our responsibility is to set the highest example of good, honest business ethics.

We are committed to the principles of continuous improvement of the standard of services that we offer.

In delighting our customers with those services, we have helped to establish and maintain our high reputation in the industry, a reputation we intend to continue maintaining.

Larapinta Culture is very aware of its duty of care and responsibilities to all of its customers. With this in mind, it promises to always be mindful of potential risks and hazards.

We commit to complete daily tasks safely and to be watchful for any problems that may arise.

In the event of an accident or incident, the details will be reported and recorded and dealt with swiftly and efficiently with a view to preventing recurrence.

School Immersion Experience

Experience the Central Australian bush and Aboriginal culture with Larapinta Culture, an Aboriginal-owned and operated business providing educational experiences from an Aboriginal perspective.

We want to bridge the learning gap. Our culture has always embodied the value of “caring and sharing”, so come on a journey with our friends and family and experience friendship, learning and understanding. Your host will be Colleen Purula Powell and all the families from different outstations and Aboriginal communities.

Experience the rugged and spectacular scenery of the Central Australian desert, interact with the traditional people of this land, experience gathering bush foods and medicines, see traditional tools and weapons, camp out under the stars on traditional Aboriginal land, and hear Aboriginal languages being spoken. (You will travel through five language groups.)

See the timeless beauty and breathtaking ancient landscapes as you travel through Central Australia.

Experience Larapinta Culture

All tour itineraries and particulars are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, cultural considerations, operational issues or unforeseen circumstances. As such, Larapinta Culture reserves the right to alter/cancel any or all of an itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and timetable but no guarantees are made.

 

Day 1 –  Arrival at Alice Springs Airport, then shake off the city life and begin your Central Australian immersion experience and enter into the world of Aboriginal life. You’ll begin your journey to Central Mt Wedge, north-west of Alice Springs. Travel on the Tanami Highway (sealed) and then 9km on dirt road to our destination.

Days 2,3,4 –  7am breakfast, and meet and greets by traditional owners. Be prepared for your learning experience to begin with introductions and cultural interactions.

Participate in cultural activities such as digging for honey ants, songlines, tools and weapons, language, kinship, try bush tucker, be around Aboriginal people and soak up the energy.

Day 5 – early rise, 6am breakfast, pack all gear and belongings, have your packs prepared for a day’s travelling, e.g. food and water, snacks for the day and camera.

Depart on our journey towards Watarrka National Park and Uluru.

Today’s journey takes us to Watarrka (Kings Canyon) taking in fantastic views and highlights. Lunch will be on the road.

This section is taken up in travel time to Watarrka. This will be a long day’s drive from Mt Wedge, Papunya, to Haasts Bluff then on the Mareeni Loop (dirt roads). Arrival at Kings Canyon late afternoon.

So, get comfortable on the bus, write in your journals or just watch the scenery. Two nights, as we take in the sites around Watarrka (Kings Canyon).

Day 6 – Early rise, breakfast, travel to Kings Canyon. The beginning of the canyon walk is steep. On all our walks, we maintain a close relationship and offer support to students who require assistance. This climb and walk is about 3-4 hours soaking up the surrounds – a fantastic day’s trekking. Lunch will be in the ‘Garden of Eden’.

You will need adequate water and snacks. There are no toilets on the walk, only at the beginning and end.

Day 7 – Early rise, breakfast, break camp ready for road trip to Uluru. Three hours’ travel time along Luritja Drive then on to Lasseters Highway to Uluru.

Arrive at Uluru, set up camp at destination, lunch. After lunch, drive 20km to the Cultural Centre for presentation.

Day 8 – Early rise, breakfast, then walk around Uluru (14 km), lunch on the walk.

This will be a long day and you will need to be well prepared with water, food, and appropriate footwear and clothing, depending on the weather conditions on the day.

Day 9 – Early rise, breakfast, prepare for day trip to Kata Tjuta. Day walking, lunch provided.

Day 10 – Early rise, break camp, head to airport, farewells.

 

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What's included in the price?

  • All tents, swags and bedding (sheet, doona and pillow)
  • Deckchairs
  • Cooking facilities
  • Toilets (pit toilets in some locations in remote areas)
  • All vehicle transfers to locations
  • All healthy meals and snacks and fruit
  • Aboriginal guides
  • Territory park fees
  • Educational tours
  • Interaction with Aboriginal families on Aboriginal land
  • National Park fees
  • Bus driver/cooks
  • All camping fees
  • Camp manager, first aid kits and fitted trailers
  • Water supply, extra water bottles for drinking
  • Insurance
  • Great staff to cater for your needs whilst in our care and guidance

What you need to bring

Suitable footwear and clothing. I recommend proper walking boots. (Thongs or open shoes can be used around camp), day pack, personal medication, camera, sunscreen, rehydration packs (you can buy these from the chemist) fly nets, any drinks and snacks you require, head lamp (torch) for night-time, a brimmed hat, towel for showers and cream for heat rash.

It is recommended that each person brings a soft bag for their clothes (no suitcases). Please think of space – the smaller the bag the better.

As students will be staying on Aboriginal land, it is requested that they don’t overdress or wear inappropriate clothes, i.e. no short shorts or low-cut clothing, as this is culturally inappropriate. Students should limit the amount of clothing they bring. Please don’t bring your best clothes or whites as the red dust will change the colour of your clothes. You may want to wear the same clothes for a couple of days.

What you need to know

I recommend that the students carry camel packs for water and that their main bags are soft bags – NO SUITCASES PLEASE!

Your soft bag is used for your clothes and toiletries, your day pack will be used during the day to carry what you require on your walks. Please be prepared for all situations (weather changes, etc.) as there are no shops to buy what you need, e.g. walking boots, etc.

If you decide to come on a cultural immersion journey with Larapinta Culture, please confirm your booking with a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Cost per person is $2,600.

BANKING DETAILS

Please pay direct debit into Larapinta Culture Account: Westpac: BSB:035-303 Account: 406921.

Please advise us of any dietary or medical requirements or conditions, even those that you’re managing yourself. This is very important for us to know, for the safety of all on tour.

As we’ll be travelling in remote areas, we need to know everything, otherwise you may find you will be liable for any emergency services required.

  • We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.
  • Our Public Liability Insurance is $20,000,000.
  • Our Accreditation manual provides Risk Management Policies. Please be aware we also have Cancellation Policies.

All tour itineraries and particulars are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions, cultural considerations, operational issues or unforeseen circumstances. As such, Larapinta Culture reserves the right to alter/cancel any or all of an itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary and timetable but no guarantees are made.

Looking after the physical safety and well-being of visitors on Country is an important element of Aboriginal culture and this will remain a priority of Larapinta Culture and its staff.

This business ensures that its customers receive the best possible service at all times.

We understand that, in our role within the tourism industry, our responsibility is to set the highest example of good, honest business ethics.

We are committed to the principles of continuous improvement of the standard of services that we offer.

In delighting our customers with those services, we have helped to establish and maintain our high reputation in the industry, a reputation we intend to continue maintaining.

Larapinta Culture is very aware of its duty of care and responsibilities to all of its customers. With this in mind, it promises to always be mindful of potential risks and hazards.

We commit to complete daily tasks safely and to be watchful for any problems that may arise.

In the event of an accident or incident, the details will be reported and recorded and dealt with swiftly and efficiently with a view to preventing recurrence.

Experience the Larapinta trail with the only Aboriginal owned and operated tour company.

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