4WD Darwin to Broome Overland Trip Notes

4WD Darwin to Broome Overland

Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016
4WD Darwin to Broome Overland
Trip code: PDB9
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the Top End to Western Australia. Spot wildlife around enchanting Lake Argyle, explore the soaring walls of Windjana Gorge, hike along narrow paths at Echidna Chasm and cool off in crystal-clear watering holes beneath cavernous gorges. The Outback is a truly magnetic place – experience it in all its rugged beauty on this 4x4 adventure through the red desert Kimberleys under the blazing Australian sky.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
MapTransportHealth
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersFinishing point instructions
Style
Basix
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Is this trip right for you?
- You'll spend most nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While it's all a part of the adventure, facilities can be extremely basic
- This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping, and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
- On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get 'amongst it'. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
- Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
- We don't recommend this trip for older passengers who are perhaps less fit or agile
Why we love it
- Experience the beautiful Kimberleys in rugged style with a local guide. Our passionate leaders love this trip as much as you will
- Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions
- The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You'll have two whole days to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets
- Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Darwin to the Katherine Region
Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and leader, head south and stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch (seasonal choice). Head to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Meals
1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 2 Lake Argle
After breakfast this morning, visit Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre manmade spectacle with a walk around it. The ground near the lake can be quite soft so it’s a good idea to bring waterproof hiking boots. The lake is also home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take some time to explore the surrounds before setting up camp nearby for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle
    Optional Activities
    • Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD30
      Accommodation
      Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 3 Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges)
      Today, head out in the 4WD and wind your way through the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic. Explore the craggy gorges and red peaks of the Hidden Valley. In the late afternoon, use your free time to further discover the area. Enjoy your first Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.

      Note: Total driving today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
      Accommodation
      Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 4 The Bungle Bungles
      After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities, as the group heads back out to explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Hike to the thin, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the enormous Cathedral Gorge. There’s also the opportunity to experience a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.

      Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
      Included Activities
      • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
      • Echidna Chasm Walk
        Optional Activities
        • Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD269
          Accommodation
          Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 5 Bungle Bungles and El Questro
          After breakfast today, get back on the road toward El Questro Station. Admire the remarkable scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, and head along the vast nature trail of Warnum (Turkey Creek), where you can take a refreshing dip. In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro for dinner and a cool drink.

          Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 6 El Questro Station
          Spend the day exploring the scenic gorges and red cliffs of El Questro Station. Afterwards, hike in the Cockburn Ranges and go for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite where you might enjoy a drink with the rest of the travel group at the station’s bar.

          Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
          Accommodation
          Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 7 Gibb River Road
          Today’s journey will take you over the Pentecost River and along the famous Gibb River Road. There will be lots of hiking today with multiple opportunities to swim. After lunch, visit Manning Gorge and, if time permits, Barnett Gorge as well. Your experienced guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible spots to visit during the day. In the afternoon, set up camp beside the gorge for the gorge for the night.

          Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately eight kilometres.
          Included Activities
          • Gibb River Road
          • Manning Gorge
            Accommodation
            Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 8 Manning Gorge and Windjana Gorge
            After breakfast, you may be able to explore the gorges of Galvans or Adcock (depending on the season). Next make your way to Windjana Gorge, which is known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles. This is the ideal opportunity to take some great pictures of local wildlife so be sure to have your camera ready. In the evening, the group will set up camp nearby.

            Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
            Included Activities
            • Windjana Gorge
              Accommodation
              Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 9 Broome
              Head to the Napier Range in the morning and towards the 750-metre underground passageway of Tunnel Creek. This area is rich in bushranger history. Join a local Bunuba indigenous guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about Aboriginal culture and traditions. Afterwards, head towards Broome, stopping briefly at Willare Bridge, where a torrent of water rushes in the Fitzroy River (depending on the season). Late in the afternoon, arrive into Broome in time to catch a Cable Beach sunset. There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to depart at any time.

              Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
              Included Activities
              • Tunnel Creek Walk
              • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch
                Itinerary disclaimer
                The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.

                ITINERARY CHANGES Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

                OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

                ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES/COMMUNITIES: Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local Aboriginal communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal guide is unavailable in Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
                Physical rating

                To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March in the Red Centre, West Coast, and South of Australia you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. In the Top End of Australia (Kimberley and Kakadu) temperatures in the shoulder months of April, May and September, October humidity levels can be high and sometimes slightly uncomfortable.

                These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping well hydrated.

                Difficulty rating PDB9 / PBD9
                Included activities
                Lake Argyle
                Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
                Echidna Chasm Walk
                Gibb River Road
                Manning Gorge
                Windjana Gorge
                Tunnel Creek Walk
                Bunuba Indigenous Experience
                Important notes
                1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome on day 9 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
                2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
                3. Trip runs in reverse see tour code PBD9
                4. This trip has a difficulty rating 4 out of 5. Please ensure this trip is suitable for you; we also offer an Original level Kimberley trip. See code PKOL.

                Group size
                Maximum of 20 travellers per group.
                Your fellow travellers
                GROUP TRAVEL
                As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
                Accommodation
                Camping (with basic facilities) (2nt), Camping (with facilities) (5nt), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1nt)
                This trip is Basix camping and consists of portable, easy to erect, dome tents. We provide comfortable swags (canvas bedroll including 2 inch mattresses). You can either bring your own sleeping bag or purchase one from us. Pillows are not provided so you can bring your own if you wish.

                This trip is specifically designed to embrace the outback and provide an authentic camping experience. It is for this reason, that we do not offer upgrades on this trip. Six out of the eight nights have basic toilet and shower facilities, however on nights 3 and 4 we stay in the remote Purnululu National Park where only basic long-drop toilet facilities are available. Shower facilities are not available on these nights. Please ensure this level of camping is suitable for you.

                Night 1: Katherine - Permanent tents with swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
                Night 2: Lake Argyle - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
                Night 3: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.
                Night 4: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.
                Night 5: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
                Night 6: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
                Night 7: Mount Barnett - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
                Night 8: Windjana Gorge - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

                FINISH TIMES:
                Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

                PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:
                To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
                Meals introduction
                On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour but you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

                DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
                Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

                No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
                No Dairy (soy milk provided)
                Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
                Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
                Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
                *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.
                Meals
                8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
                Transport
                All Terrain vehicle

                DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA

                Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australia has a total land area of 7,706,168 sq km, and the coastline spans a massive 15,049km.

                Here in Australia we're used to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Take for example, our 10 day Perth to Broome trip will see you travelling about the length of Portugal. Driving from Alice Springs to Darwin is about the length of the UK, and our 10 day Perth to Adelaide trip is about the same distance from Spain to Poland. Yep, it's a big country! However, that's why we think seeing Australia from the ground is better. We live in a country that has it all; stunning coastline and beaches, the outback, tropical rainforests, and some seriously amazing landscapes and wildlife. Whilst you may spend some days in the vehicle a little longer than others getting to the next destination, we think it's worth it!

                Money matters
                Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

                Credit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere and ATMs are common. Travellers cheques are easily exchanged. There may be some limitations in remote outback areas. Tipping is not essential anywhere, but is common in better restaurants.
                Group leader
                All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised safari vehicle. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, organise the camp and cooking for camp or kitchen cooked meals (though passengers are required to help out) and recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited on the trip, including historical, environmental, cultural and social aspects.
                Safety
                REMOTE AREA TRAVEL:
                We carry a satellite phone on all of our remote/overland trips to be used by our leaders in the event of an emergency and for your safety. In addition, all of our leaders are First Aid trained and certified.

                HYDRATION:
                Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Please bring a large refillable water bottle. We strongly recommend the use of dehydration salts and sports drinks as a way to combat dehydration during times of extreme heat.

                BEACH SAFETY:
                Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beach users. They can occur at any beach, and can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Rip currents are responsible for around 15,000 beach rescues and up to 120 people being drowned each year in Australia (source: Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

                To enjoy Australia's beaches safely, take the following simple precautions:

                * Always swim between the red and yellow flags, as these indicate it is a supervised location where a lifesaving service is currently on duty.
                * Do not swim at unsupervised locations.
                * Observe and obey safety signage, which indicates current and typical hazards for that location.
                * Ask a lifeguard or lifesaver for advice on conditions; they are there to make your experience safer and more enjoyable.
                * Always swim with a friend; never swim alone.
                * If you get into trouble, stay calm and signal for help by calling and waving your arm above your head.

                Be aware of your own limitations in terms of your physical health and your swimming ability in the given conditions. Never swim while, or after, consuming alcohol.
                Joining point
                Default pick up Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am (52 Mitchell St)
                Central Darwin
                Darwin
                Darwin
                Northern Territory
                0800
                AUSTRALIA
                Joining point instructions
                Meet your Leader at the default pick up location; Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St). There are many other hostels and hotels in close walking distance, or we can also arrange to pick you up at your selected Darwin accommodation. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation if it differs from the default location. Pick up times and locations will be advised by our customer service team when booking.
                Finish point
                Select Broome accommodation
                Broome
                Broome
                Western Australia
                AUSTRALIA
                Finishing point instructions
                This tour finishes on arrival in Broome at around 6:00pm on the last day. Although we aim to be on schedule, you will need to book any onward travel the say after the tour finishes.
                Emergency contact
                TOP END: ‘In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator in Darwin on 1800 807 278. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.’

                While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

                We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

                You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

                Kimberley WIld - Darwin Ops: 1800807278
                Visas
                Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

                AUSTRALIA:
                Belgium: Yes - required in advance
                Canada: Yes - required in advance
                Germany: Yes - required in advance
                Ireland: Yes - required in advance
                Netherlands: Yes - required in advance
                New Zealand: Not required
                South Africa: Yes - required in advance
                Switzerland: Yes - required in advance
                United Kingdom: Yes - required in advance
                USA: Yes - required in advance

                All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
                What to take
                LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS:
                Larger suit cases are not appropriate for this trip and risk damage in the loading and unloading of the vehicle.

                Due to the longer haul overland nature of this trip, the amount of camping equipment needed and space limitations within our 4wd vehicles, a 10 Kg (22 Lbs) luggage limit per person applies for this trip. If you are travelling with more than this amount of luggage, you will need to make prior arrangements to have it couriered to our finishing point city for pick up at the end of your trip. This is usually done by coach, such as Greyhound Coaches. This luggage transfer is at your own expense but is for the safety and comfort of all members of the group.

                This trip uses swag camping, this is an 'Aussie Bed Roll' made from canvas. It has a mattress built into the swag, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip.

                CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
                During dry season months (May-July) overnight temperatures can be between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius but daytime temperatures can still exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be extreme in the shoulder seasons of March, April and September, October with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.

                Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however during the day extreme sunshine can cause sunburn all year round. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen, swimwear, towel, sturdy walking shoes and sunglasses are a must.

                WATER BOTTLE:
                Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

                BATTERIES/POWER:
                Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day.

                HEADLAMP OR TORCH:
                A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night. Some properties have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. It’s a good idea to bring a headlamp or torch, particularly as there are some nights spent camping.

                KARIJINI and THE KIMBERLIES
                Please ensure you pack two towels, as you may swim frequently on these trips. You will also need to pack at least 2 pairs of walking shoes/trainers as you will be walking through water in Karijini National Park, and also Tunnel Creek. It is also useful to have a pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear.
                Climate and seasonal information
                WET SEASON & WEATHER:
                Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel in the tropics, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour Leader/Driver has full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.

                Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.
                Health
                All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

                You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

                Due to the remote regions this trip visits, and the challenging itinerary and camping style we will require a medical certificate from a doctor for those pax over the age of 70. There is limited electricity on this trip, and limited refrigeration and any medical supplies requiring refrigeration.
                Travel insurance
                Australians are not required to be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation for trips within Australia. However we strongly recommend that you have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

                Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
                A couple of rules
                Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

                Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
                Responsible Travel
                We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller.

                http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller

                The Intrepid Foundation
                Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.

                The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

                http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

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