The Ghan Adventure ex Yulara Trip Notes

Take an epic train, boat and 4x4 adventure tour through the Central and Top End of Australia. Freshwater pools, lush rainforests and mighty Uluru await.

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      CAD $3,025
      AUD $3,140
      EUR €2,185
      GBP £1,880
      NZD $3,720
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The Ghan Adventure ex Yulara
Trip code: PISGCY
Validity: 01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015
Table of Contents
StyleYour fellow travellersEmergency contact
MapSingle travellersVisas
ItineraryAccommodationIssues on your trip
Itinerary disclaimerMealsWhat to take
Culture shock rating TransportHealth
Physical ratingGroup leaderSafety
Physical preparationJoining point Travel insurance
Included activitiesJoining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Spending moneyContinuing point A couple of rules
TippingContinuing point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesFinish point Carbon offset
Group sizeFinish point instructionsFeedback
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Map
The Ghan Adventure ex Yulara
Itinerary
Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru (Ayers Rock)
After being picked up in Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort), we spend this afternoon exploring the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta. You’ll get up close to the majestic features of this ancient geological formation during a Valley of the Winds hike. Finally, as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon, grab a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. This is the perfect end to a remarkable day. Your camp host will have a lovely dinner and a glass of wine awaiting your arrival back at camp. (D)
Included Activities
  • Uluru Base Walk
  • Uluru sunset drinks
Accommodation
Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 2 Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)/Kings Canyon
An early start is rewarded with a beautiful Uluru sunrise. While the morning’s fresh enjoy an unguided walk around the base of Uluru. You will then deepen your understanding of the land and the Mala people on a cultural interpretive walk with an Aboriginal guide (and interpreter).* It is a unique opportunity to share experiences and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on earth. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Cultural Centre before we travel to our exclusive campsite within the Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) where we sleep for the night. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Valley of the Winds walk
Accommodation
Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 3 Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon)/Wallace Rockhole
There’s a lot to explore at Kings Canyon as we check out the Amphitheatre, Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the sheer outcrops of the North and South walls. After lunch, we travel along the well-known Mereenie Loop Track (also called the Red Centre Way), travelling through the sands of the Red Centre to our camp at Glen Helen in the Western MacDonnell National Park. Unwind with a beer in the outback bar overlooking the Finke River or take a dip in the permanent nearby waterhole. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Accommodation
Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 4 Western MacDonnell Ranges/Alice Springs
Look out for wallabies and other wildlife during a morning hike and discover the spectacular geological features of Ormiston Gorge. Then we visit Hermannsburg - a mission and Aboriginal community famous for its Aboriginal art and crafts. Here we learn about the life of renowned Indigenous artist Albert Namatjira. Feeling adventurous? It’s time to hit the 4WD tracks of the Finke River to access the remarkable scenery of Palm Valley and Cycad Gorge, exploring what was once a prehistoric inland sea. While the going is slow, this is 4-wheel driving at its best (and bumpiest). Keep your eyes out for the Livistonia Mariae, a tropical palm and one of the rarest trees in the world. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the West MacDonnell Range as we make our way back to Alice Springs. We return to "the Alice" in the late afternoon (approx 5pm) where your tour will finish on arrival to your hotel. (BL)
**Please ensure you have been made aware of your Alice Springs accommodation either by our Sales Team or your Travel Agent
Included Activities
  • Aboriginal Rock Art tour (weather permitting)
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • Palm Valley
Optional Activities
  • Didgeridoo Performance Sounds of Starlight - AUD30
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 5 The Ghan
This morning, check out from your hotel (luggage storage is available) and continue your exploration of Alice Springs (this is unaccompanied self exploration). There are a number of options available. Check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service or visit the Alice Springs Desert Park to see the animals you may have missed on your trip from Uluru. Alternatively, if you would like to spend the day relaxing you are welcome to use the Hotel swimming pool and facilities until you embark on the next leg of your journey.
This evening, it is time to board The Ghan for your overnight journey northwards to Darwin. The train departs at 06:00pm; please make your way to the Alice Springs Train Station at least one hour prior to departure for check in. Speak to your Hotel Reception about pre-booking a taxi (own expense approx. $12 AUD) for the short journey to the Station. This section of your adventure is unaccompanied by a group leader although other travellers from your Red Centre trip may also be joining the overnight Ghan journey.
Travel by rail between Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from the centre to the edge of this continent, Australia.
Due to cabin space constraints, it is recommended guests take an overnight bag containing all requirements for their journey in their cabin and check in all other luggage. Guests are permitted to check in a maximum of 40kg of luggage free of charge (two items not exceeding 20kg each). Checked in luggage cannot be accessed during the journey.
We sleep overnight on the Ghan in Gold class
Accommodation
Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
Day 6 Katherine/Darwin
This morning wake to a fresh new view of the country welcome to the Top End! This morning we stop in the northern town of Katherine where you have the opportunity to experience the inspiring wonders of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) at your own expense before your rail journey concludes in tropical Darwin, the relaxed capital city of Australia's Northern Territory.
On arrival at Darwin railway station, transfer to Darwin city by The Ghan shuttle bus is included. Your hotel is located in the heart of Darwin's shopping and restaurant strip so you are spoilt for dining options this evening (not included).
**Please ensure you have been advised of your Darwin accommodation either by our Sales Team or your Travel Agent
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 7 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River
Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we visit the stunning waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim and enjoy lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan –Wulna people. They’ll share with us their local Aboriginal culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo lessons, basket weaving and spear throwing.
We finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well-earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee & Twin Falls
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 8 Mary River/Kakadu
Today we head to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its stunning natural features and for being the centre of the world's oldest living culture. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where the hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp in Kakadu National Park. (BLD)
Included Activities
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Accommodation
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
Day 9 Kakadu/Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu and certain to be one of our trip highlights. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. See the beauty of the gorge and feel the powerful force of the waterfalls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. On the way back home, the scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Twin Falls
      Itinerary disclaimer
      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. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
      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.
      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. In Kakadu the Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (Apr-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.
      WET SEASON ITINERARY
      A tropical summer itinerary applies in Kakadu Nov/Dec-May.
      Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions (including the opening and closing of Twin and Jim Jim Falls and other natural attractions), weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
      Culture shock rating

      At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
      Physical rating

      This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
      Physical preparation
      To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-8 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March 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.
      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
      Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
      Spending money
      Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
      Tipping
      In Australia, tipping is expected for certain things, but not everything. As a guide, tipping applies when you sit down in a restaurant for a meal (10% is a general rule). When using taxis or buying drinks at a bar, rounding up is acceptable.
      You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline AU$2-5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
      Important notes
      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 GHAN
      Ghan tickets need to be bought in advance. In order to secure this, a non-refundable deposit has to be paid at the time of booking. Please note that we need to confirm availability of Ghan tickets. The deposit paid at time of booking will be credited to the final balance of your booking. Seats on the Ghan are non-refundable and non-transferable.
      If you are booking close to departure please be aware that there may be increased costs associated with the rail portion of the trip if our usual fare class has sold out and we need to purchase a higher fare.
      You will not be accompanied by an Intrepid guide during the Gahn section of this trip.
      AGE RESTRICTIONS:
      Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 8 for all Original trips and 12 for all Basix trips.
      All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care. Please note families/adults travelling with people under 18 must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis.
      Group size
      Maximum of 24 travellers per group.
      Your fellow travellers
      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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
      This trip is a package tour and is therefore made up of a combination of shorter trips. This can mean you will travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
      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
      Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (3 nts), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nts), Hotel (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
      Comfortable permanent twin-share tents with full linen including pillow and towel provided and with a light and fan for additional convenience. Bathroom facilities are shared and are located a short walking distance from camp..
      Please ensure you have been made aware of your Alice Springs and Darwin accommodation either by our Sales Team or your Travel Agent. In Alice Springs we use; The Aurora (11 Leichhardt Terrace, (08) 8950 6666) or the Desert Palms Resort (78 Barrett Drive (08) 8952 5977). In Darwin we use; The Travel Lodge Mirambeena (64 Cavenagh Street (08) 8946 0111) or the Value Inn (50 Mitchell Street (08) 8981 4733).
      Meals
      5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
      AUD 200.00
      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.
      Transport
      All Terrain vehicle, Train, Overnight sleeper train
      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 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.
      CAMP HOST:
      In addition to your driver/guide, a camp host is provided on this trip. The camp host is responsible for the provision of healthy and appetising meals and will oversee camp chores and set up.
      Joining point
      Yulara
      Ayers Rock Airport or Ayers Rock Resort
      Yulara
      NT
      AUSTRALIA
      Joining point instructions
      Pick ups from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 6th October 2013 to April 5th 2014
      Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
      Qantas QF1851, 0950am – pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1310 (catch airport shuttle).
      This 1310 pick up will not be available for any other flight, and so may not operate all days.
      Virgin VA1627, 1145am – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ660, 1235pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1450pm – no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
      Pick up from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 6th April to October 4th 2014
      Lunch will not be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
      Qantas QF1851, 0950am - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
      Virgin VA1627, 1315pm - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
      Jetstar JQ664, 12:20pm - pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1345 (catch airport shuttle).
      Jetstar JQ660, 1335pm - pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1400 (do not catch shuttle).
      Qantas QF1941, 1450pm - no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
      Pick up from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort): 5th October 2014 to 4th of April 2015
      Lunch will be included on Day 1 for all passengers.
      Qantas QF1851, 0950am – pick up from Desert Gardens Hotel at 1310 (catch airport shuttle).
      This 1310 pick up will not be available for any other flight, and so may not operate all days.
      Virgin VA1627, 1205pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
      Jetstar JQ660, 1235pm – pick up is from Ayers Rock Airport at 1300 (do not catch shuttle)
      Qantas QF1941, 1450pm – no pick up available. (Please refer to trips departing from Alice Springs)
      Please note pick up times from Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) do vary at different times of the year due to daylight savings and flight time changes. Please refer to times above as a guide only and confirm details with your chosen airline ahead of travel. Please enquire with us if you need further information. The Yulara Airport Shuttle (free) is available to catch from the airport to the Desert Gardens Hotel. No bookings are required, just look for the shuttle out the front of the airport once luggage has been collected. Please be ready and waiting for pick up at the correct time and location as above.
      So that your pick up can be made effectively you must advise Intrepid, via your agent at the time of booking, or at least 2 weeks prior to departure, at which of the locations above you will be collected from. You can also call through to Intrepid directly to advise your pick up point on the following number:
      1300 360 887
      If you are unable to make contact with your pick up representative on the afternoon of day 1 at the above mentioned times and locations please contact our local operating office in Alice Springs on the below number:
      1300 282 448
      Continuing point
      Darwin
      Darwin
      Northern Territory
      AUSTRALIA
      Continuing point instructions
      Test
      Finish point
      Select Darwin accommodation
      Darwin CBD
      Darwin
      Northern Territory
      AUSTRALIA
      Finish point instructions
      Emergency contact
      In the event of an emergency, or missed pick up on the day of departure, please call Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel on 1300 654 604. If you are calling outside of opening hours, please ensure you listen to the options and select your departure city on the telephone keypad.
      Visas
      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
      We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
      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/index.html
      Issues on your trip
      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.
      What to take
      LUGGAGE RESTRICTION:
      Pack only your bare essentials. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, Intrepid travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg (10kg for any trips visiting Kakadu). You are required to limit your luggage to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle. Intrepid cannot guarantee to carry overweight or oversized luggage. Please store bulky items at your pre tour accommodation. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at your own expense.
      CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
      Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures 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. 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.
      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. We suggest you bring a mix of normal and rechargeable batteries and the appropriate recharging unit. 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 to navigate your way around at night.
      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.
      Dengue, Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) and Ross River Fever occur in northern parts of Australia (the Northern Territory, Northern Queensland and northern Western Australia). All three viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes. There is no vaccination against them, but there are preventative measures that you can take such as wearing long clothing, using repellent and being indoors particularly around dusk and dawn. January 2009 saw an earlier than usual seasonal outbreak of dengue fever in northern Queensland, with over 600 confirmed cases in and around Cairns and Townsville.
      There have been 77 confirmed cases of Whitmore disease (melioidosis) in the Northern Territory, mainly in greater Darwin, but with cases reported in the Katherine and East Arnhem regions too. One case has occurred as far south as Tennant Creek. The risk of melioidosis will continue to be present as long as the rains continue. Those most at risk are those with underlying conditions that impair the immune system such as diabetes. Please visit the NT Department of Health and Families website – http://www.health.nt.gov.au - for more information.
      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.
      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
      TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
      Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
      CLIFF JUMPING
      We do not allow cliff jumping on our tours as it is a dangerous activity and against Intrepid policy.
      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 group 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.
      Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
      Travel Insurance for Australians travelling on trips within Australia only: 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.
      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:
      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.
      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$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
      Carbon offset
      Carbon Offset C02-e 1339.00 kgs per pax.