Adelaide to Perth Overland Trip Notes

Adelaide to Perth Overland

Last Modified: 18 Aug 2016
Adelaide to Perth Overland
Trip code: PAP10
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2018
Travelling across the vast Nullarbor Plain is not only one of the world's great road trips, but a unique opportunity to encounter native Australian wildlife up close. Spot kangaroos, wombats, emus and rare birds in remote national parks, enjoy stunning bush scenery and kick back in character-filled Aussie outback pubs. Up through southern Western Australia to Margaret River wine country and finishing in Perth, this adventure tour is ideal for those wishing to experience a nature-filled journey through Australia's wild landscapes.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationVisas
ThemesAccommodation NotesWhat to take
Why we love itMeals introductionClimate and seasonal information
MapMealsHealth
ItineraryTransportTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerMoney mattersA couple of rules
Physical ratingGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Included activitiesSafetyThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining pointFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersEmergency contact
Style
Basix
Themes
Wildlife
Why we love it
- Spot for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in the Flinders Ranges
- Swim with sea lions and dolphins off the Eyre Peninsula
- Travel across the sunbaked Nullarbor Plain
- Explore Margaret River and taste fine local wines
- Camp in the tranquil and remote Cape Le Grand National Park
- Journey across the iconic Great Australian Bight
- Learn to surf off the coast of South Australia
- Visit Adelaide, the city of churches
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Flinders Ranges National Park
Journey into the rustic, rugged gorges, abandoned homesteads and Red Gums of the Southern Flinders Ranges. With a break at Clare for those that were unable to get their morning fix of coffee/tea we take a small break to do so. We then head north to one of the oldest mountain ranges on earth, the Flinders Ranges, where we venture to the bottom of Alligator Gorge and walk through the narrows and onto the terraces formed from an ancient seabed. Look for and feel the ripples of the sand still there in the rock today.

After lunch we make our way along the eastern edge of the range towards Warren Gorge, stopping for a break in Quorn. Quorn is home to the Pichi Richi Railway, which played an important role in linking the different gauges of railway line crossing the continent. It wasn’t until 1970 that the Indian-Pacific (Transcontinental) made its first unbroken run from Sydney to Perth. By 1980 the Pichi Richi line was obsolete. We stop at Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park where we take the time to walk to the top of the range. Named by Mathew Flinders in 1802 for it’s resemblance of a Dutch sailing ship, this spectacular walk is a great way to finish the day and gives us our first real look to the West.

Tonight we roll out our swags and bush camp for the first time. There are only toilet facilities at the bush camp. No showers or electricity.

Today we drive approx. 400 km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way.
Included Activities
  • All National Park entry fees
    Accommodation
    Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 2 Coodlie Park, Eyre Peninsula
    The Eyre Peninsula is one of those great secrets many people have not yet discovered. Teeming with some of Australia's most amazing and outstanding real wildlife experiences, the lack of a major airport and too far to drive for most domestic travellers, this piece of paradise is one that only those who have been, can give that knowing smile of discovery of a very special place indeed.

    Back on the road we pass through Port Augusta and onto Kimba. If you are lucky you might be able to spot the biggest galah you have ever seen! We will have lunch at Kimba and then we head for Talia Caves, a walk the south headland at Venus Bay and sand board the Lake Newland Sand dunes.

    In the late afternoon we arrive at Coodlie Park Farm Retreat. This working farm has traditional cropping, sheep and a project of tree planting on their own land to offset their own carbon emissions.

    Today we drive approx 250km (5 hours) in total with stops along the way.

    Included Activities
    • All National Park entry fees
      Accommodation
      Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 3 Coodlie Park
      For those wanting to experience one of Australia's most unique wildlife experiences of swimming with dolphins and sea lions. This incredible optional wildlife experience involves a four hour boat cruise. We find the friendly populations and swim and snorkel amongst them. There is nothing that can parallel the feeling of communing with wild creatures such as these. If you wish to take up this option please notify us in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements. As most passengers love to do this optional tour, the company has no other activity planned this afternoon, so if passengers do not participate they will be waiting on shore for the tours return.
      Having had lunch at the picnic spot at Bairds, we head on to Streaky Bay for any additional supplies. We will then continue our journey to Ceduna.

      Today we drive approx 200km (4 hours) in total with stops along the way.
      Included Activities
      • All National Park entry fees
        Optional Activities
        • Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins - Port Neill - AUD160
          Accommodation
          Farmstay (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 4 Great Australian Bight
          Today we blend one of the world’s great road trips with the chance of more wildlife encounters. The Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight are two of Australia’s icons. Today we are heading into some of the remotest parts on the planet.

          We cross the dingo fence, which runs a staggering 5320km from the Bight through to Southern Queensland and head through the Yalata Aboriginal lands. We stop and have your picture taken with the famous wombat, camel and kangaroo road sign, a photo of which has become the metaphor for those who like to really get out there.

          We stop to take in the staggering sheer drop of the Bunda Cliffs where Australia suddenly and dramatically ends and drops into the ocean. After lunch, at the border where we must hand over all of our fruit and vegetables we travel on to Eucla and see the way the desert can devour an entire town and head west across Australia's great plain.

          Today's distance is approx. 7 hours, with break stops.
          Included Activities
          • All National Park entry fees
          • Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)
            Accommodation
            Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 5 Nullarbor Plain/Great Australian Bight
            Settle in for a big days drive across the plain. During one of the stops we will come across Baladonia. Where you can read the fascinating story of Skylab at Balladonia. We drive further towards Norseman. Norseman is a small, sprawling town driven by mining and tourism and dominated by a huge tailings dump. We will have lunch at a look out, take in the fascinating view of Norseman.

            After lunch we will be heading to Esperance. When in Esperance, the town can seem like a huge metropolis after five days out in the remoteness of the desert plain. The town is still remote but once you see the magnificent surrounds of the granite, bush and beach you can only wonder for how much longer this area can keep its quaint charm.

            Today we drive approx 7 hours, with break stops along the way
            Included Activities
            • All National Park entry fees
              Accommodation
              Bush camp (no facilities) (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 6 Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park
              Get set for some of Australia's most beautiful scenery. This area of Western Australia has no less than 9 National Parks which is testament to its beauty and uniqueness. We take in the most spectacular of all, Cape Le Grand National Park. Stunning blue seas mix with powder white beaches and secluded bays allow for stops and swims in what can only be described as a nature lover's paradise.

              Get up early this morning and take a walk down to the beach. You might even encounter a kangaroo on the beach - it doesn't get any more Aussie than that!

              Today we stretch our legs with a coastal bush walk, which gives us a great overview of the bays and beaches and a stunning views to the islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

              We drive approx 10 minutes today, and walk for about three hours.
              Accommodation
              Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 7 Cape Le Grand National Park - Stirling Ranges
              We are starting the morning with a hike at Frenchmen's Peak. Frenchman's Peak rewards you with a stunning view. After the hike we will head to the Stirling Ranges to explore the Central South/West of Western Australia. Leaving the aptly named Lucky Bay behind, you'll be pleased to know that you haven't used up all your luck, this part of WA has variety of different eco systems and each has something special to offer.

              At Lucky Bay we will have lunch and we leave the day flexible as to which park we will visit depending on the time of year and weather. We might seek out an abundance of wildflowers in the spring or a forested area with flowing rivers and waterfalls in the heat of the summer. Everywhere has its greatness at some point in the year and that is where we will take you whatever time you choose to travel.

              Esperance can seem like a huge metropolis after days out in the remoteness of the desert plain. The town is still remote but once you see the magnificent surrounds of the granite, bush and beach you can only wonder for how much longer this area can keep its quaint charm.

              We drive for about 4 hours today, and walk for four and a half also.
              Included Activities
              • All National Park entry fees
                Accommodation
                Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                Meals
                1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                Day 8 Sterling Ranges
                See the Western Australia’s version of the Great Ocean Road by seeing how the waves have an artistry all of their own when it comes to sculpture of the coast. Nature has down its amazing best on the coastline nearby Albany sculpting the granite into incredible formations that will have you reaching for your camera time and again. The Natural Bridge and The Gap are just two of the highlights.

                Towering old growth forests once dominated the landscape of the South West and we get high in the treetops to explore this beautiful eco system. We take a tree top walk through the canopy of these huge trees almost 60m up in the air.

                Then we head off to Shannon’s National Park for our overnight stay.

                It is just over 5 hours from Lucky Bay to Sterling Ranges, with about one hour walking on the way.
                Included Activities
                • All National Park entry fees
                • Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants
                  Accommodation
                  Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                  Meals
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 9 South West Coast
                  We visit The Diamond tree for an early morning climb. Then onto the Margret River region.
                  After leaving the Forestry areas we head back towards the ocean and the delicious temptations of Margaret River and surrounding area.
                  Then it is off to our last campsite of the tour, listening to the Black Cockatoos and Kookaburras one last time!

                  Today we drive approx 5 hours making stops along the way.
                  Included Activities
                  • All National Park entry fees
                  • The Diamond Tree
                    Accommodation
                    Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
                    Meals
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                    Day 10 Margaret River to Perth
                    An early morning stop is made at the surfer's paradise of Yallingup. We finish our 4000km road trip by heading up the Western coast. We visit Ngilgi caves, one of the big show caves of the region to get the low-down on the underground world. See the crystalline features of the stalagmites and stalactites up close and personal. We then get some insight from real experts on the country, the local Aboriginal people. This is a great opportunity to find out about the changes that have happened in the local environment and get a totally different perspective on the culture of the South West.

                    Although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the big journey together over a few drinks and meal.

                    We recommend that you book a night for yourself in Perth tonight as although there are no formal activities planned it is usual for the group to get together and reflect on the big journey together over a few drinks and meal. We arrive late in the afternoon and flights should be booked no earlier than 9pm to be sure of making your flight out. There is no accommodation this night.

                    Today we drive approx. 5 hours, although driving through Perth city traffic can mean a slower journey than previously advised.
                    Included Activities
                    • All National Park entry fees
                    • Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour
                      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.
                      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.
                      Included activities
                      All National Park entry fees
                      Head of the Bight entry and Whale watching (in season)
                      Ancient Empire Walk - Valley of the Giants
                      The Diamond Tree
                      Aboriginal Culture Dreamtime tour
                      Important notes
                      1. The tour commences on Day 1 at 6.30am and finishes on arrival in Perth on day 10 at around 18:00.
                      2. Please bring your own sleeping bag, they are not available for purchase.
                      3. We highly recommend you arrange optional extra activities in advance to avoid disappointment.
                      4. This trip is Basix camping with swags and pop-up dome tents

                      Group size
                      Maximum of 21 travellers per group.
                      Your fellow travellers
                      SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
                      Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
                      Accommodation
                      Bush camp (no facilities) (3nt), Camping (with basic facilities) (5nt), Farmstay (1nt)
                      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.

                      This trip is BASIX swag camping. Swags are 'Aussie Bed Rolls' made from sturdy canvas with a mattress built into the swag. We also carry 3 person dome tents which are shared by 2 people. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag for this trip. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Camping locations may vary depending on weather and conditions.

                      Night 1: Warren Gorge - swag camping. Toilet facilities, no showers
                      Night 2: Coodlie Park Bush camp - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
                      Night 3: Shelly Beach Campground. Swag camping. Basic toilet and shower facilities
                      Night 4: The Nullarbor - swag camping. No toilet or shower facilities
                      Night 5: Cape Le Grand National Park. - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
                      Night 6: Cape Le Grand National Park. - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
                      Night 7: The Stirling Ranges - swag camping. Basic toilet and shower facilities available
                      Night 8: Shannon's National Park - swag camping. Toilet facilities, solar powered showers
                      Night 9: Big Valley Campground - swag camping. 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.
                      Meals introduction
                      Your tour includes meal as indicated in our brochure and online. You will be provided with delicious, healthy meals featuring fresh ingredients, gourmet salads and local flavours. Please make sure you advise us of any special dietary requirements well prior to travelling and we will endeavour to do our best to cater to them.Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, 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
                      9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
                      Transport
                      Minibus

                      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!



                      From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme 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 keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
                      Money matters
                      SPENDING MONEY
                      When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

                      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 YHA Adelaide @ 6:45am
                      Adelaide
                      Adelaide
                      South Australia
                      AUSTRALIA
                      Finish point
                      Central Perth
                      Perth
                      Perth
                      Western Australia
                      AUSTRALIA
                      Emergency contact
                      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 on 1800 816 858. 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.

                      The Nullarbor Traveller: 1800 816 858
                      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
                      CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
                      Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures in the Red Centre and South of the country can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Depending on the region you are visiting, particularly the South, you may also need to pack waterproof trousers and a jacket. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. In the Top End Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.

                      Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.

                      From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme 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 keeping hydrated.

                      Please come prepared for all extremes.

                      LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
                      Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strict road laws limiting gross weight of vehicles, you are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack (max 15 kg, strictly enforced) and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

                      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.

                      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.

                      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.
                      Climate and seasonal information
                      ITINERARY CHANGES:
                      Please note that some of our planned activities are contingent on seasonal conditions. We will arrange alternative activities if this is the case. This is a flexible itinerary and may be altered to allow for better times to view certain inclusions depending on sunset/sunrise and weather conditions.
                      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 Travel 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.
                      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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