Launceston's Zoe Page prepares to walk Larapinta Trail

GETTING EXCITED: Launceston's Zoe Page, busy preparing for her June trek, pictured here with a map outlining the trek she will be undertaking. Picture: Phillip Biggs.
GETTING EXCITED: Launceston's Zoe Page, busy preparing for her June trek, pictured here with a map outlining the trek she will be undertaking. Picture: Phillip Biggs.

In just four weeks’ time Zoe Page will be jetting off to Alice Springs to complete the Larapinta Trail Outback Trek.

She will be walking alongside 16 others, as they navigate more than 100 kilometers of desert land.

The trek is organised by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and all fundraising efforts made by Ms Page will stream directly into its Tasmanian branch.

“When this came up in January I just thought 'wow this is a really great opportunity to give something back’,” she said. 

All walkers are required to raise a minimum of $4,000 to be able to undertake the challenge, which Ms Page has achieved through a number of community events, including raffles and trivia nights. With her fundraising efforts tipping into the $8,000 category, she is currently the highest raiser of all participators and the only Tasmanian representative the annual event has seen.

“It's not just about 'oh I reached my $4000 and then I get to go on the trip'. It's about actually fundraising. The more money, every cent, goes to the RFDS,” she said.

In preparation for the trail’s challenging landscape and sub-zero night temperatures, Ms Page has been involved in local walking groups and mountain climbing. She is excited to undertake more walks of a similar nature in the future.

“I have realised I am a bit addicted to mountain climbing. It's just that thing when you actually hit the summit and it doesn't matter what you've just climbed up. You just get the same thing over and over where you just go 'wow',” she said.

To donate visit, Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Outback Adventure