Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound Trip Notes

Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound

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: 05 Oct 2016
Northern Territory Encompassed Southbound
Trip code: PKOSC
Validity: 01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the region's biggest and best-known drawcards along the way. Head out croc spotting in the Mary River Wetlands and get a taste of the tropics in Kakadu National Park, Litchfield, and Katherine Gorge. Witness Uluru during a stunning sunrise, wander through the majestic canyons of Kata Tjuta and admire the views from. A region of exceptional landscapes and intriguing cultural attractions, this top-to-tail adventure of the Territory is a trip that will leave you with a profound appreciation of Australia's raw and rugged natural beauty.
Table of Contents
StyleAccommodationEmergency contact
ThemesAccommodation NotesVisas
Is this trip right for you?Meals introductionWhat to take
Why we love itMealsClimate and seasonal information
ItineraryMoney mattersTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderA couple of rules
Physical ratingSafetyResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining pointThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining point instructionsFeedback
Group sizeFinish point
Your fellow travellersFinishing point instructions
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, Wildlife
Is this trip right for you?
- - This is a an Original style trip, covering the highlights of Australia's Northern Territory at a slightly slower pace
- - You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While tents are comfortable facilities can be basic, this is all part of the adventure. You'll also need to pitch in with preparing breakfast and lunch meals. This is part of the experience of travelling in a group.
- - This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
- - Temperatures in the Top End 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.
Why we love it
- - Get back to basics with this classic nine day overland adventure. Camp in premenant campsites with furnishings including proper beds, cooling fans and electricity.
- - Fly from Darwin to Alice Springs instead of 24 hours on a bus
- - Enjoy twin share motel accommodation in Darwin and Alice Springs
- - Enjoy fully catered evening meals during your 3 nights in Kakadu, Litchfield, and Katherine
- See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Northern Territory in rugged, authentic style
- - Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
- - Get up early and see the sun rise over Uluru
- - Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country'
- - The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a billabong cruise
- - Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park and an optional flight over the escarpment

Day 1 Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park
Welcome to the Northern Territory! Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Darwin. Set off from Darwin and head south to Lichfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picturesque swimming holes. The day draws to an end with a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands, a network of waterways home to crocodiles and native bird species. Enjoy an Aussie pub meal before climbing into bed at the secluded Mary River campsite. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
    Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
    1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Day 2 Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
    After breakfast this morning, head to Kakadu National Park and discover ancient Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the numerous rock galleries, before you climb to the top of a lookout for views over the Nardab floodplain. Head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Tonight, relax by the pool at the Jabiru campground and enjoy a group dinner at the site’s bistro.

    Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.
    Included Activities
    • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
    • Ubirr Rock
      Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
      1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
      Day 3 Kakadu to Katherine
      This morning you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight over Kakadu (at your own expense). The flight takes in views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs. Later spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site - Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. After lunch head south and stop to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek. Stop for a quick dip at Edith Falls, before continuing on to Katherine, where you'll settle in for the night at a private campsite near Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge).

      Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.

      Optional Activities
      • Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over - Kakadu - from - AUD150
        Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
        Day 4 Katherine Gorge to Darwin
        Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch experience an Aboriginal interpretive display to learn about the local indigenous culture. You'll have the chance to get involved in some great hands-on activities, such as fire-making, boomerang and spear throwing and painting your own indigenous-style artwork to take home as a souvenir. Afterwards hit the road back to Darwin, perhaps dine together in Darwin after you have checked into your hotel, the Value Inn.

        Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities.

        Included Activities
        • Top Didj Indigenous Experience
          Optional Activities
          • Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD87
          • Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45
            1 breakfast, 1 lunch
            Day 5 Flight Travel Day Darwin to Alice Springs
            Today, skip the 1,500km of driving which is about 24 hours by road, and fly from Darwin to Alice Springs with Qantas Airways. Qantas was Australia's first commercial airline, and stands for "Queensland and Northern Territory Ariel Services" and is now one of the worlds best International airlines.

            We'll arrange your air tickets and issue them a couple of weeks prior to your departure. On arrival in Alice Springs, someone will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll be staying at the Alice Motor Inn. (no meals included)
            Included Activities
            • Airport Transfers
            • Qantas Flight
              Day 6 Alice Springs to Uluru
              Meet your Guide out the front of the Alice Motor Inn at 6:10am and set off to experience a working camel farm, perhaps even enjoying a ride. Make our way to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and take a guided walk through the awe-inspiring Domes of Kata Tjuta. We then head to Australia's most iconic landmark - Uluru (Ayres Rock). As the sun begins to set below the horizon, take a glass of sparkling wine and watch the rock's rich colours change against the backdrop of a blazing Red Centre sunset. The perfect end to a remarkable day is awaiting you back at camp, as you enjoy a famous 1,000 star dinner. With the red earth at your feet and an infinite sprawl of stars overhead, sit down to a candlelit spread of locally sourced food and wines.

              Notes: Total driving time is approximately five and a half hours. Total walking time is around an hour.
              Included Activities
              • Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
              • 1000 Star Dinner
                Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
                1 lunch, 1 dinner
                Day 7 Uluru Sunrise
                An early start this morning is rewarded with an Uluru sunrise. While the morning is fresh enjoy a walk around the base of the rock, gaining insights into the land and the local Mala Aboriginal people on an interpretive cultural walk with an Aboriginal guide. It's also a unique opportunity to share experiences, and to connect with and learn about the oldest culture on Earth. Once you’ve had lunch, perhaps purchase some indigenous art and craft at the Uluru Cultural Centre. Travel onto the exclusive campsite within Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon), where the group will eat and sleep for the night.

                *Trips departing after 01 September 2016 will have an itinerary change on this day, please see 'itinerary disclaimer' in the essential trip information*
                Included Activities
                • Mala cultural interpretative walk
                • Uluru Cultural Centre
                  Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nt)
                  1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                  Day 8 Kings Canyon rim walk
                  After breakfast, get your hiking shoes on and head out to explore the impressive formations of Kings Canyon. You’ll be left breathless by the sheer beauty of the canyon, as you trek through the Amphitheatre, the Lost City, the lush and ancient Garden of Eden and the North and South Walls. Lunch is a welcome prospect, before you make your way back to Alice Springs where you'll be staying at The Alice Motor Inn for the evening.

                  Note: Total driving time takes around five hours. Total walking time is approximately three hours.

                  Included Activities
                  • Kings Canyon Rim Walk
                    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
                    Day 9 The Western MacDonnell Ranges
                    Meet your Guide at 7:00am out the front of the Value Inn and journey through Ormiston Gorge, witnessing contrasting colours as the light reflects off the cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for wallabies and other wildlife. Move on to Ellery Creek to enjoy panoramic views of the area, perhaps taking a dip in its still waters. After lunch, visit the world famous Simpsons Gap, an important site to the local Aboriginal communities. Head to the Western MacDonnell Ranges and watch the colour of the peaks transform under the setting sun. An optional, hour-long sunset camel ride is also available. Head back to Alice Springs, where your trip comes to an end.

                    The total driving time will be about half an hour, and you will walk up to 5km
                    1 lunch
                    Itinerary disclaimer
                    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.

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

                    Sunset camel ride is at own expense, $70 for adults and $40 for children 14 and under. This activity needs to be pre-booked through our Reservations team. Those passengers doing the sunset camel ride will be dropped back to Alice Springs accommodation by staff at Pyndan Camel Tracks shortly after the sunset ride concludes.

                    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.

                    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. Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides’ discretion, dependent on local conditions.

                    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.

                    Due to feedback from our passengers, trips departing post 01 September 2016 will no longer travel back to Alice Springs on night 8 and stay in Hostel / Hotel accommodation and will instead travel to Glen Helen in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Accommodation for this night is at our exclusive campsite in either Basix or Original camping and will include a catered evening meal, hosted by our local supplier. Breakfast the following morning will also be included. We feel that this change will greatly improve your outback experience, mean less time travelling, and more time to explore the West MacDonnell Ranges. The two additional meals are complimentary.
                    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
                    Litchfield National Park
                    Mary River cruise
                    Kakadu National Park Fee
                    Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
                    Ubirr Rock
                    Top Didj Indigenous Experience
                    Airport Transfers
                    Qantas Flight
                    Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park Fee
                    1000 Star Dinner
                    Mala cultural interpretative walk
                    Uluru Cultural Centre
                    Kings Canyon Rim Walk
                    Important notes
                    1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at approximately 06:40am and finishes in Alice Springs day 9 at approx 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.
                    2. Trip also runs in reverse; see tour code POONC.
                    3. Single supplement available on request.

                    Group size
                    Maximum of 24 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.

                    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 twin share accommodation both whilst camping and staying in motel accommodation in cities. On this trip, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a private tent/room. Please NOTE that a single supplement is not available in the Top End portion of this trip due to limited campsites, and you will be in twin share tents. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a private room basis.
                    Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3nt)
                    ACCOMMODATION PKOSC

                    This trip is Original level. Original accommodation consists of permanent twin share tents with furnishings, and twin share motel rooms. Camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels. Passengers will be paired with a traveller of the same gender, a single supplement is available at Original level, excluding the Top End due to capacity restrictions Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.

                    PKOSC - Original Trip start Darwin

                    Night 1: Mary River - Tents with furnishings
                    Night 2: Jabiru - Tents with furnishings
                    Night 3: Katherine - Tents with furnishings
                    Night 4: Darwin - Value Inn Motel
                    Night 5: Alice Springs - Alice Motor Inn
                    Night 6: Yulara - Tents with furnishings
                    Night 7: Kings Canyon - Tents with furnishings
                    Night 8: Alice Springs - Alice Motor Inn

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

                    PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:
                    Although evening meals are catered whilst camping, to participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, and collecting firewood in all conditions.
                    Meals introduction
                    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.
                    5 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
                    All Terrain vehicle, Plane, Private vehicle


                    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!


                    DARWIN, Darwin Airport Link Bus: Transfer accommodation to Darwin Airport
                    +61474 503 093

                    ALICE SPRINGS, Alice Wanderer: Transfer Alice Springs accommodation to Airport
                    1800 1800 722 111 (free call) or +61 8 89522111
                    Money matters
                    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

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

                    This trip is made of three smaller trips connected by a flight. You will be travelling with different Guides on each trip who are specialists in each region, and will not have an accompanying Guide during your flight.
                    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.

                    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.
                    Joining point
                    Default pick up Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am (52 Mitchell St)
                    Central Darwin
                    Northern Territory
                    Joining point instructions
                    Meet your Leader at the default pick up location; Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St). There are many other hostels and hotels in close walking distance, or we can also arrange to pick you up at your selected Darwin accommodation. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation if it differs from the default location. Pick up times and locations will be advised by our customer service team when booking.
                    Finish point
                    Central Alice Springs accommodation
                    Alice Springs
                    Alice Springs
                    Finishing point instructions
                    This tour finishes on arrival in Alice Springs at around 6pm. Finishing times may be earlier during the summer months. Please take this into consideration when booking any onward travel out of Alice Springs. We cannot guarantee arriving in time to board the Ghan or any flight on this day. You will need to book an extra night of accommodation to extend your stay here, please contact our sales staff if you would like to arrange accommodation in Alice Springs after your tour.

                    Emergency contact
                    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.

                    TOP END: ‘In the case of a genuine emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the day of departure please contact your local ground operator in Darwin on 1800 807 278. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.’

                    RED CENTRE: 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 883 355. For all other enquiries please contact our reservations team on 1300 654 604.

                    Outback Tour Services: 1800883355

                    Kimberley Wild: 08 8925 5200
                    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.
                    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 or the Kimberley). 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.

                    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.

                    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.

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

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

                    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 - for more information.
                    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.


                    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:


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