The University of Newcastle, Australia

The challenge of a lifetime

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Following on from the success of last year’s Larapinta Trail Challenge, you are invited to support Indigenous education, equity and social justice and experience an unforgettable trek through the Australian outback.

People trekking through Ikara

When 9-15 September 2019
Where Ikara – Flinders Ranges, South Australia

Join a team of 30 volunteers on a 100km trek through the Australian outback, traversing one of the oldest landscapes in the world, by foot.

The goal

To raise more than $100,000 to support equity in education and health outcomes for Indigenous Australians through scholarships and research. Each trekker is asked to raise $3,500 to support the cause – our team will help you along the way.

"I'm confident the funds raised will make an enormous difference to current and future generations of Indigenous Australians" - Kurt Dahl (B Engineering (Chemical) 1996), Larapinta volunteer trekker.

The reward

An epic 100km challenge in the heart of the Flinders Ranges knowing your effort will return valuable fundraising donations to support Indigenous education, equity and social justice at the University of Newcastle.

The highlights

Traverse the most impressive parts of the 1,200km Heysen Trail, one of the world’s premier long-distance walks.

Meet local people through your guides, who will include Indigenous representatives of the local Adnyamathanha people, and experience cultural understanding to add to your sense of achievement.

"It was an amazing experience; the views were even sweeter knowing that as a group we might make a huge difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians" - Lucy Nichols, student and Larapinta volunteer trekker.

More information

For more information or to register your interest, visit the Challenge website.

Building a legacy

In 2017, the Larapinta Trail Challenge gathered 27 keen trekkers including staff, students, alumni and community representatives for an 80km trek through the Northern Territory to raise a total of $152,431 to support Indigenous education and research.

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