Following an unforgettable experience in June last year, a small group of passionate Breakthrough supporters took on the challenge of hiking the Larapinta Trek to raise funds for mental health research.

This year’s Larapinta Trek was an adventure across the heart of Australia along one of the world’s premier walking tracks. Immersed in the rich history of Australia’s First Nation Peoples, our brave fundraisers followed well-worn, red dirt tracks of the West MacDonnell Ranges, beside winding riverbanks, across open plains, up towering mountains and down into shaded gorges.

Past Ormiston Gorge and majestic Mount Sonder, they conquered one of the world’s premier desert treks, through scenic and historic landscapes made famous by Albert Namatjira’s paintings.

They camped under black skies filled with silver stars and fell asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the desert.

The challenging trek had them facing blisters and exhaustion, but at the end of each day, conversations about mental health around the campfire helped lift their spirits and remind them of the need to make a mark to fight the stigma around mental illness.

We are incredibly grateful to our brave group of adventurers and that every step they took to help Breakthrough transform the lives of those affected by mental illness.

Are you interested in taking on a challenge to help create a life free from mental illness? Get in touch with our team at to find out more about our Adventure Fundraising plans.