Broome to Perth Overland Trip Notes

Broome to Perth Overland

These trip notes are valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the trip notes for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018


Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016
Broome to Perth Overland
Trip code: PBP10
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
A colossal land replete with natural attractions, Western Australia's vast expanses and otherworldly landscapes surprise at every turn. From the serene shorelines of Broome and Shell Beach to the sublime freshwater swimming holes of Karijini National Park and reef of Ningaloo, this Broome to Perth adventure really does make for the trip of a lifetime. Discover the hidden grottoes and rock pools of the Pilbara, dip into the crystalline waters of Turquoise Bay and admire the world's oldest living organisms in Kalbarri before finishing up in laid-back Perth. Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most beautiful and uncrowded places.
Table of Contents
StyleYour fellow travellersFinish point
ThemesAccommodationEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?Accommodation NotesVisas
Why we love itMeals introductionWhat to take
MapMealsClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryTransportHealth
Itinerary disclaimerMoney mattersTravel insurance
Physical ratingGroup leaderA couple of rules
Included activitiesSafetyResponsible Travel
Important notesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Group sizeJoining point instructionsFeedback
Style
Basix
Themes
Explorer, Overland, The Great Outdoors, Walking & Trekking, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- This is a 'no frills' west coast experience. You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping at camping grounds in twin-share tents. While conditions can be basic, this is all part of the adventure.
- This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hike in Karijini National Park is challenging. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. You will need two pairs of shoes, one that can get wet.
- On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
- Temperatures in Western Australia can be 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.
- When we're not camping, we'll stay in multishare accommodation that may be mixed gender
Why we love it
- Explore Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and spectacular Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate overland trip
- Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
- Wade in the shallows of Monkey Mia beach and be amazed at the friendly dolphins that approach
- Peer into the ecologically diverse underwater world of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel, and swim with the gentle beasts of the deep in season, whalesharks
- The cattle stations, red earth and mining communities of the Pilbara are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines
- Hike and swim in the ancient gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Broome to the Pilbra Region
Welcome to the pearling town of Broome, where your Western Australian adventure begins. Those keen on beach-lazing might like to arrive a few days earlier, as the local beaches are superb. Depart Broome and cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand. From here travel south, passing through the mining city of Port Hedland, where you can witness the enormity of the iron ore industry. Spend the night on a station in the Pilbara Region.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
Cabin (1 nt)
Meals
1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 2 Karajini National Park
This morning make your way to the spectacular Karijini National Park, where you’ll spend the next three days exploring. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Range features a series of gorges and rock formations caused by centuries of erosion. On arrival, visit the Karijini Visitor Centre for a natural and cultural history of the park. Then head to Fortescue Falls for a refreshing swim. Tonight, camp in twin-share, permanent tents inside the park.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres.
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
Meals
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Day 3 Karijini National Park
The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. Bring your camera, as there will be lots of photo opportunities. There are plenty of spectacular gorges to visit, but don't miss Weano Gorge, Oxers Lookout and Hancock Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 4 Karijini National Park
    Pack up your towel and walking shoes and head out for another day exploring Karijini with your guide. Swim in waterholes, hike along rocky trails and splash about in waterfalls. Paradise!

    Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
    Accommodation
    Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 5 Exmouth
    Today is a long day of driving (approximately 6-7 hours in total). Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bushland and cattle stations of the Pilbara region. This sparsely populated region is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Spend the night at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.
    Accommodation
    Yardi Creek Camp (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 6 Coral Bay
    Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Depending on the season, you’ll have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks or manta rays, the largest rays in the world. Perhaps take a walk to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, or soak up the sun on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay. In the afternoon, take a short trip to beautiful Coral Bay.

    Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
    Included Activities
    • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
      Optional Activities
      • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
        Accommodation
        Hostel (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
        Day 7 Coral Bay
        Spend the majority of today at Coral Bay, exploring the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Snorkel, scuba dive or cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. You might prefer to take a joy flight over the reef for spectacular views from above, or head out on a quad bike tour of the local area. Snorkel equipment is provided, but all of the other activities will be at your own expense and subject to availability.

        Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
        Optional Activities
        • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
        • Whale Watching (seasonal) from - AUD85
        • Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 8 Monkey Mia
          Spend the majority of today at Coral Bay, exploring the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Snorkel, scuba dive or cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. You might prefer to take a joy flight over the reef for spectacular views from above, or head out on a quad bike tour of the local area. Snorkel equipment is provided, but all of the other activities will be at your own expense and subject to availability.

          Note: Total driving time today is around one-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
          Accommodation
          Hostel (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
          Day 9 Kalbarri
          In the morning, visit the dolphins again before heading on to explore the World Heritage area of Shark Bay. See the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest living fossils, and suggest what the earth might have looked like 3.5 billion years ago. Head south from here to Kalbarri. If time permits, visit Murchison River Gorge and the rocky arch of Nature’s Window in Kalbarri National Park. You’ll then head to your accommodation for the night.

          Note: Total driving time today is around four hours.Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
          Included Activities
          • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
          • Monkey Mia Dolphins
            Accommodation
            Hostel (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
            Day 10 Nambung National Park to Perth
            Today depart via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park. Head to the seaside town of Dongara, where you may have the opportunity to sand-board down massive dunes. Travel south through Nambung National Park where you’ll stop to see the ancient limestone formations of The Pinnacles, rising out of the desert. Continue on to your final destination of Perth, arriving in the early evening.

            Today’s driving will take approximately 4-5 hours (with about two kilometres of walking). There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to depart on arrival into Perth.
            Included Activities
            • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
              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.

              Would you like to swim with the Whalesharks? Whaleshark season in WA runs from April through to July and passengers have the option of taking part in a Whaleshark swim on this tour (please check your itinerary for the correct day this is available). We don’t book this option, however the company we use is Kings Ningaloo Reef. Although our Guides can book this for you on Day 1 of your tour, during busy periods such as school holidays we do advise that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. You can either do this through your Travel Agent or direct via phone or email. Please find a link to their website, along with their contact number below, it’s certainly an experience not to be missed! http://kingsningalooreeftours.com.au/ 08 9949 1764 **Please Note** By pre-booking this activity you will be paying a slightly higher price to secure your spot, so the majority of passengers book with their Guide on board on Day 1. Please be aware though that during busy times such as school holidays, it may be worth pre-booking to avoid disappointment as spots book out quickly.
              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.

              ATTENTION: This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. Temperatures can be extreme; very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children. There is a STRICT LUGGAGE LIMIT of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag.
              Included activities
              Karijini National Park Entrance
              Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
              Kalbarri National Park Entrance
              Monkey Mia Dolphins
              Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
              Important notes
              1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Perth day 10 at approx 6pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
              2. Strict luggage limit of 15kg applies.
              3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
              4. This trip is BASIX mixed gender multishare, minimum age for this trip is 18 years old

              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.

              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
              Cabin (1nt), Camping (with facilities) (3nt), Hostel (4nt), Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (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.

              ACCOMMODATION PBP10:
              Please note that standard accommodation on this trip is:
              5 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities, 4 nights camping. There are no upgrade rooms available on this trip and due to the multishare accommodation the minimum age for this trip is 18

              Basix accommodation on the West Coast consists of multishare accommodation and simple permanent tents when camping. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us for the nights spent camping. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish. Multishare accommodation may be in mixed sex dorms.

              Night 1: Pardoo Station - multishare
              Night 2: Karijini National Park - simple permanent twin share tents
              Night 3: Karijini National Park - simple permanent twin share tents
              Night 4: Karijini National Park - simple permanent twin share tents
              Night 5: Yardi Creek - simple permanent twin share tents
              Night 6: Coral Bay, Ningaloo Club - multishare
              Night 7: Coral Bay, Ningaloo Club - multishare
              Night 8: Denham, Bay Lodge - multishare
              Night 9: Kalbarri Backpackers - multishare
              Meals introduction
              Your tour includes meals as indicated in our brochure and online. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour, however 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, 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
              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!



              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 Kimberley Klub @ 06.30am
              Broome
              Broome
              Western Australia
              AUSTRALIA
              Joining point instructions
              Default pick up Kimberley Klub @6:30am or select Broome accommodation pick up times and locations will be advised by our customer service team when booking. Please be waiting at your pick up point by 6:30am but time may vary slightly depending upon your location.

              Please take this into consideration when booking any flights and accommodation. We recommend you book accommodation in advance for the night prior to the tour commencing.

              Please advise Intrepid of your hotel and contact details at least 48 hours prior to the tour departure.

              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 1300 738 870. 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.

              Broome Operations - KWE: 1300738870
              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 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 vehicles, a 15 Kg (33 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.

              SLEEPING BAG & MAT:
              Comfortable sleeping mats are provided when camping. Please bring a travel pillow and sleeping bag or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us. If you do not wish to keep your sleeping bag we will return them to our Operations Department, where they will be washed and donated to local Indigenous communities.

              CAMERA: A camera with a good zoom capability is recommended for this trip due to the high number of wildlife encounters possible. Wildlife being wild means it is not always possible to get in really close. A disposable underwater camera is also handy.

              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
              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.

              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.

              the minimum age for this trip is 18.
              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.

              ATTENTION: This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. Temperatures can be extreme; very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children. There is a STRICT LUGGAGE LIMIT of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag.
              Travel insurance
              Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

              When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

              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/

              Feedback
              After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback