A once in a lifetime adventure has come to an end for eight young people from Goulburn.
The eight, along with 11 from Braidwood, went on a six day trek of the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory recently.
Two of those who took part were Tia Lambert and Bella Remington and both said they would never forget the experience.
"My favourite part of the trip was having the sense of accomplishment, meeting new people and just getting to know everyone's story," Tia said.
"I learned that we should be open to helping others more regularly."
Bella said the trip was an amazing experience and opportunity for young people wanting to become youth mentors in the community.
"Being able to learn the culture through Indigenous Australians was very special," she said.
"My favourite part was accomplishing the daily challenges.
"As one of the Trek Leaders would say, 'The juice was worth the squeeze'".
Preparation for the trip took over a year and included undertaking fundraising activities and training twice a week in the lead up.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council's youth services coordinator Luke Wallace said the trek left a lasting impact on the nineteen young people who undertook the walk.
"We could not be prouder of the young people that attended," Mr Wallace said.
"They represented the community with respect and honour and being able to watch them grow, and truly embrace the experience was an absolute privilege.
"They learnt new things about themselves, which for some participants included self-healing from past events and the ability to focus on the direction they would like to move their life in the future.
"Moving forward we will be beginning to look at how we can make this an annual program for young people in our community."
The group was able to enjoy a number of experiences in and around Alice Springs including camel riding, eating kangaroo tail, swimming in water holes and visiting a number of sacred Aboriginal sites.
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