Kimberley Trail
from $5145
Duration: 14 Days
Discover Australia’s wild west on a 14-day adventure through the Kimberley region. Hike to grandiose gorges, stand in awe of tiered waterfalls, take dips in secluded swimming spots and unwind in natural thermal pools. With time spent in the West Kimberley Gorges, Mitchell Plateau, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake Argyle and Purnululu National Park, this magical corner of Australia will soon have you under its spell. From the strange beauty of the Bungle Bungles to the sheer size of the Mitchell Falls, landscapes don’t get more vast, rugged or dramatic than this.
  • Spend two days exploring the iconic landscapes of the Purnululu National Park, including gorges, valleys and the delightfully unusual red domes of the ancient Bungle Bungles.
  • Enjoy two days at the peaceful Lake Argyle – kayak, stand up paddleboard or simply relax in the infinity pool offering up unforgettable views of the area.
  • Take your time discovering the unspoiled wonders of El Questro Station. Hike to gorges and waterfalls and unwind in natural thermal pools shaded by palm trees.
  • Explore the rugged terrain of the Mitchell Plateau, including four-wheel drive adventures, a hike to the four-tiered Mitchell Falls and an unforgettable helicopter flight over the landscape.
  • Escape to the secluded Bell Gorge, home to a clear pool perfect for swimming, surrounded by a dramatic horseshoe of cliffs and a spectacular tiered waterfall.
  • Derby - Boab Prison Tree
  • Derby - Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Tunnel Creek - Cave visit
  • Bell Gorge - Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge - Visit and walk
  • Galvans Gorge - Visit and swim
  • Adcock Gorge - Visit and swim
  • Manning Gorge - Bushwalk
  • Mitchell Plateau - Merten Falls
  • Mitchell Plateau - Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
  • Mitchell Plateau - Bradshaw Rock Art
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge
  • El Questro - Zebedee Springs
  • Bungle Bungles - Cathedral Gorge Walk
  • Bungle Bungles - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Halls Creek - China Wall
  • Halls Creek - Mary Pool
  • Halls Creek - Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Geikie Gorge - Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • Day 1 Location: Broome to Tunnel Creek
    Welcome to Kimberley, a spectacular land of wild and rugged scenery. Your adventure begins in Broome where you’ll link up with your local leader and new travel companions. Then it’s time for your first taste of Kimberley’s beautiful landscapes as you hit the road and drive towards Tunnel Creek. Stop off for a snack alongside the Fitzroy River, then pay a visit to the 1500-year-old hollow boab tree. Afterwards, visit an Aboriginal cultural and art centre for insight into the history and culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal peoples. Return to the road and come upon the ancient Napier Range, home to Tunnel Creek. Your leader will explain how this extensive cave system sheltered an Aboriginal freedom fighter in the 19th century. Later in the afternoon, head to Windjana Gorge, a seriously impressive gorge carved into the Napier Range. Explore the area on foot in search of freshwater crocodiles, birdlife and bush tucker, then retire to your camp for an evening under the stars.
    Day 2 Location: Mt Barnett Station
    Start the day with a visit to Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge), a picturesque spot in West Kimberley. Here you’ll find a deep, clear pool surrounded by a horseshoe of cliffs, but the star of the show is the spectacular tiered waterfall that tumbles into the pool below. Take some time to enjoy this secluded spot and take a refreshing dip, then stretch out in the sun on the surrounding rocks. Next, follow the Gibb River Road up to Galvans Gorge, a place so pretty it has to be seen to be believed. Swim in emerald waters encircled by granite outcrops covered in thriving plant life. For your last stop of the day, take a dip in the peaceful green pool of little-known Adcock Gorge. After a day of swimming in some of the Kimberley’s most stunning spots, retire to your camp on the side of a billabong on a cattle station – a true Aussie experience!
    Day 3 Location: Mt Barnett Station
    Wake up to the sounds of the Kimberley and enjoy a peaceful morning at camp, then head out to the Manning Gorge, a truly unforgettable swimming spot. First cross Manning creek then follow a rugged 3km trail to the top of the gorge, marked out with rock cairns and red disks, enjoying views of the wide-open spaces along the way. When you arrive at the gorge you’ll soon see that your efforts were worth it – don’t be surprised if this place takes your breath away! There are multiple pools to enjoy here, plus gorgeous meandering streams, fascinating wildlife and even some examples of ancient rock art. After a day enjoying all Manning Gorge has to offer, return to camp for the evening.
    Day 4 Location: Mitchell Plateau
    Rise bright and early this morning and travel to the Mitchell Plateau. Few visitors venture this far north, but those who do are rewarded with one of the highlights of the Kimberley region, especially the remarkable scenes of Mitchell River National Park, brimming with tropical rainforest, soaring waterfalls and dramatic escarpments. Weave through backcountry landscapes, up the red earth Kalumburu Road and onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. Cross rivers and pass through shady Livistona palm forests before coming upon the Mitchel Plateau. Set up camp in the national park and rest up for an exciting day tomorrow.
    Day 5 Location: Mitchell Plateau
    Today will be spent exploring the wonders of the Mitchell River National Park. Set out on a hike to a series of magnificent waterfalls, first crossing Mertens creek and arriving at the Little Mertens Falls. Take some time to explore the surrounding caves and natural pools, then continue through rainforest on your way to the Big Mertens Falls. Your leader will fill you in on the biodiversity of the region as you pass through an ever-changing display of flora and fauna on your walk. You’ll also have the chance to admire Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock paintings on your journey, and while the age and the artists of these ancient pieces aren’t known, it’s estimated they are up to 12,000 years old. Arrive at the falls and stand in awe of their sheer size – you’ll feel pretty small watching the cascade plunge into the gorge below. But the final waterfall might just be the most impressive. Continue over rocky terrain to the Mertens Falls, an awe-inspiring four-tiered waterfall. Rather than turning around and walking back the way you came, you’ll board a helicopter from the Mitchell Falls and be treated to unbeatable birds-eye views on the return journey.
    Day 6 Location: Drysdale Station
    Leave the magical landscapes of the Mitchell Plateau behind and head to the Drysdale River Station. Covering a million acres and home to 10,000 cattle, this family-owned station is a vast oasis in the heart of the outback. Here you’ll experience life on a working cattle farm while also enjoying some isolation from the outside world. On arrival you may like to head out on a walk to get to know your remote surroundings, or just chill out in the beer garden and soak in the untouched scenery. This evening, gather around the log fire and swap stories beneath the stars.
    Day 7 Location: El Questro Station
    Say goodbye to the cattle station and continue up the Gibb River Road to the El Questro Wilderness Park. Set on the grounds of a sprawling cattle station, the property is bursting with exciting things to discover – there’s striking gorges, wonderful waterfalls, natural hot springs and plenty of excellent restaurants. On arrival, you may like to take a cruise to the Chamberlain Gorge, an area only accessible by boat. Learn about the unique plant life that clings to the escarpments bordering the gorge and the intriguing fish that live beneath the water.
    Day 8 Location: El Questro Station
    Start the day with a trip to the beautiful Emma Gorge within the El Questro Wilderness Park. Walk for around an hour over rocky terrain and emerge at the gorge, a serene waterhole surrounded by cliffs and fed by a towering drop waterfall. The waterfall is connected to a little thermal spring making for a pleasant temperature when swimming in the pool. Later in the day, pay a visit to Zebedee Springs. Take a short walk through leafy forests of Livistona and pandanus palms, then arrive at a stunning series of thermal pools and waterfalls. Enjoy some time out to soak in these gorgeous pools while appreciating the serene location.
    Day 9 Location: Lake Argyle
    Depart the El Questro Wilderness Park and drive to the town of Kununurra. Enjoy some down time here to explore the town. You may like to pay a visit to the local distillery to pick up a bottle of rum, or perhaps swing by the sandalwood shop to browse their range of deliciously scented beauty products. In the afternoon, continue to the shores of Lake Argyle, the lifeblood of the Ord River Irrigation System, turning the arid landscapes of the region into lush agricultural land. On arrival, head to a breathtaking infinity pool and enjoy a peaceful swim while taking in unbelievable views across the lake.
    Day 10 Location: Lake Argyle
    The day is yours for further discoveries of Lake Argyle. Why not hire a kayak or stand up paddleboard to explore the lake, or perhaps join your leader on a visit to the Durack Homestead Museum or on one of the many fantastic bush trails in the area. In the evening you’ll have the option to take a sunset cruise around the lake – there’s no better way to see out the day here.
    Day 11 Location: The Bungle Bungles
    It’s time to hit the iconic Great Northern Highway and venture on to Purnululu National Park, home to the delightfully unusual Bungle Bungles. These stripey beehive-shaped sedimentary formations have existed for more than 300 million years, but were only known to the Gija people and stockmen until the 1980s. Australia’s best kept secret is now able to be admired by those who make the trip to this remote and truly spectacular location. You may like to take a scenic helicopter flight over the national park for an unmatched view of the landscape – you’ll be able to see how the domes of the Bungle Bungles were carved out by rivers over millions of years. This evening, set up camp in a secluded location in the heart of the park.
    Day 12 Location: The Bungle Bungles
    Set out to explore the natural wonders of Purnululu National Park. Walk to the Echidna Chasm, a natural pathway framed by towering walls up to 200m high. The chasm is also home to impossibly tall Livistona palm trees, and you may even be able to spot some tiny bats high up on the walls. Next, follow a scenic trail along to Cathedral Gorge, a gigantic natural amphitheatre made of red rock. You’ll soon see why the gorge got its name, and be sure to test out the acoustics here!
    Day 13 Location: Fitzroy Crossing
    Leave Purnululu National Park in the rear-view mirror and make tracks to Fitzroy Crossing. A long day of driving will be broken up with interesting stops along the way. Pull into Halls Creek to see its fantastic natural wall made of white quartz, break for lunch at Mary Pool and pay a visit to the remote Laarri Gallery, displaying works by Aboriginal artists. In the evening, arrive into Fitzroy Crossing, a little outback town on the banks of the Fitzroy River. With around fifty Aboriginal communities living in the town and its valley, this part of the country is home to many spiritual and cultural sites.
    Day 14 Location: Fitzroy Crossing to Broome
    Kick off the day with a morning cruise through the grand Danggu Geikie Gorge, sculpted by the Fitzroy River during the Devonian geological period. Float through the gorge while learning how the geological wonder was formed and observe its abundance of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. After your cruise, it’s time to make the drive back to Broome, where on arrival your Kimberley adventure will come to an end.
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    Trip title

    Kimberley Trail

    Trip code

    PKRB

    Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2022

    Introduction

    Discover Australia’s wild west on a 14-day adventure through the Kimberley region. Hike to grandiose gorges, stand in awe of tiered waterfalls, take dips in secluded swimming spots and unwind in natural thermal pools. With time spent in the West Kimberley Gorges, Mitchell Plateau, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake Argyle and Purnululu National Park, this magical corner of Australia will soon have you under its spell. From the strange beauty of the Bungle Bungles to the sheer size of the Mitchell Falls, landscapes don’t get more vast, rugged or dramatic than this.

    Style

    Basix

    Themes

    Explorer,Overland

    Transport

    4WD vehicle

    Physical Rating

    3

    Physical preparation

    This trip includes hikes of moderate difficulty over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme; very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. Due to the remote nature of the Kimberley region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.

    Joining point

    Central Broome accommodation

    Broome

    Broome

    AUSTRALIA

    Joining point instructions

    This tour starts at approximately 6.30am with a complimentary pick up from your hotel in Broome. Please advise where you are staying at time of booking and reconfirm the pickup details with our local operator (ph 1300738870) on the evening prior to departure.

    Finish point

    Central Broome accommodation

    Broome

    Broome

    AUSTRALIA

    Finish point instructions

    This tour finishes on arrival in Broome at around 6:00pm on the last day. Although we aim to be on schedule, you will need to book any onward travel the day after the tour finishes.

    Important information

    1. Minimum numbers: This trip requires a minimum of 6 customers booked and confirmed in order to depart. 2. This trip starts in Broome on Day 1 at 06.30 am. 3. This trip finishes upon arrival in Broome on Day 14 at approx. 06.30pm. Please do not book any flights until the following day. 4. This trip requires a sleeping bag. 5. Single supplement is unavailable. 6. This trip is operated by our partners Kimberley Wild. 7. All accommodation will be provided with twin bedding. If you would prefer double bedding please advise Intrepid as early as possible. Double bedding is on request and is determined by the availability at the accommodation on your trip.

    Group leader

    AUSTRALIAN LEADERS All group trips are accompanied by a group leader. In Australia your group leader is also your driver, taking you from start to finish. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, as well as recommend great local eating venues. They will also introduce you to our local friends along the way. 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 evening meals and will oversee camp chores and set up.

    Safety

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    REMOTE AREA TRAVEL We carry a satellite phone on all our remote/overland trips to be used by our leaders in the event of an emergency and for your safety. Our leaders are all First Aid trained and certified.

    Visas

    PASSPORT You will need a valid passport to travel internationally. As a general rule, most countries require that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets exactly and contact us immediately if there are any errors. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends. VISAS Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time. It is important that you check your government's foreign travel advisories along with the consular website of the country or countries you are travelling to for the most up to date information specific to your nationality and circumstances. Please be aware that not all visa information found online from other sources may be valid while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time. Your booking consultant can advise on a visa processing service or you can apply yourself directly through a consulate. COVID-19 Entry and Exit Requirements Below you will find general visa advice about the destinations on your trip. Due to constantly evolving COVID-19 requirements and restrictions, please refer to your government's foreign travel advice for the most up to date information.You may also refer to our travel alert page for more info https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/travel-alerts Make sure you are familiar with the current border measures and entry requirements as these are quite complex and changing frequently without notice. Please also ensure you have a travel insurance policy that covers your travels as well as medical or COVID-19 related expenses within the country. RETURN TRAVEL Please ensure you stay up to date with any current testing or quarantine requirements for returning to your home country or transiting through other destinations after the completion of your tour. We are able to help facilitate taking a COVID-19 test while on trip. Please ensure you have funds available to cover the cost of this test which will be payable directly to the testing site. Your Intrepid Tour Leader will provide more details at the group meeting as well as assist with booking appointments for all travellers who need to be tested. 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/ Please see here for the most up to date COVID-19 information about travelling to and within Western Australia, including any current border restrictions: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

    Why we love it

    Spend two days exploring the iconic landscapes of the Purnululu National Park, including gorges, valleys and the delightfully unusual red domes of the ancient Bungle Bungles.

    Enjoy two days at the peaceful Lake Argyle – kayak, stand up paddleboard or simply relax in the infinity pool offering up unforgettable views of the area.

    Take your time discovering the unspoiled wonders of El Questro Station. Hike to gorges and waterfalls and unwind in natural thermal pools shaded by palm trees.

    Explore the rugged terrain of the Mitchell Plateau, including four-wheel drive adventures, a hike to the four-tiered Mitchell Falls and an unforgettable helicopter flight over the landscape.

    Escape to the secluded Bell Gorge, home to a clear pool perfect for swimming, surrounded by a dramatic horseshoe of cliffs and a spectacular tiered waterfall.

    Is this trip right for you

    This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Kimberley Wild Expeditions. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Kimberley Wild Expeditions customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Kimberley Wild Expeditions to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away. On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia. This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain, including wading through water and clambering over rocks, and is best suited to travellers with a great level of fitness and mobility. Good footwear and comfortable clothing are recommended. This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback. Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

    Health

    GENERAL HEALTH All 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 manage and enjoy 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, we reserve 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 before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. COVID-19 The safety and wellbeing of our travellers, leaders, crew, staff, and suppliers continues to remain our highest priority as we travel. You can read more about how we will keep you safe on our trips, including our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safe-travels HEALTH SCREENING If you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. At the group meeting, you will be asked to complete a self-screening health form and report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, we will follow the advice of local health authorities to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. We ask all travellers to continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader. TESTING & VACCINATION POLICY From 1st May 2021 we introduced new safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia and New Zealand. On trips departing before 1st September 2021, you will need to show one of the below to your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip: - Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or - Proof of negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip, or - Proof of recovery documentation In addition, if you’re aged 70+ or have an existing health condition that puts you at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease, you are also required to provide proof of vaccination before you can join a trip. MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY From 1st of September 2021 we have introduced enhanced safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands. You will need to show your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip: - Proof of COVID-19 vaccination This policy is in addition to any specific testing or vaccination requirements for entry or exit to a destination or required by your airline. For more information, including a detailed FAQ about this policy, please visit https://www.intrepidtravel.com/covid19

    Food and dietary requirements

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour. 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. All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests. Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious. We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following. Vegetarian Gluten Free Dairy Free (soy available ) Pork Free Please don’t hesitate to contact u if you have any specific dietary concerns. * Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

    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 an appropriate amount for things like optional meals, drinks, shopping, optional activities, and laundry. Make sure you have read the itinerary and inclusions thoroughly so you know what is included in the trip price and what you may need to pay for while travelling. BUDGET FOR MEALS NOT INCLUDED: 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. CONTINGENCY FUNDS We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. Make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved. The recommended amount is listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however, local currency may be needed once in the country to cover these costs. The Australian Dollar (A$ or AUD) is the currency of Australia. Credit and debit cards can be used for purchases in shops and restaurants. ATMs are common across Australia but may be limited in remote areas. Your leader will advise when this may occur so you can withdraw enough cash in advance. Credit cards in Australia require a PIN rather than a signature and may have a small surcharge for purchases.

    What to take

    Below are some essential and recommended items for this trip. Please review the ‘Climate and Seasonal Information’ to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling. ESSENTIALS - Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry. - Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. - Sun protection. Wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses. RECOMMENDED - A spare pair of shoes that can get wet, along with two towels. - A pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear. - A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night. - Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season you may wish to pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather. - Ear plugs. - Binoculars for spotting wildlife. VALUABLES Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary. BATTERIES/POWER Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. There are some days where there is no power at the campsites at all. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your phone/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 for guests to recharge personal items. MORE! If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list.

    Climate and seasonal

    Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details. While Australia's south and the West Coast experience a traditional four season year, Australia's north including the Kimberley and the Top End - has a tropical climate with a Wet Season (November to March/April) and a Dry Season (April/May to October). All of our tours in the north operate during 'the Dry', when it can get surprisingly cold overnight, depending on where you are — in Broome it can get down to 12ºC, while in the Bungle Bungles, it can fall as low as 5ºC! During the day, in Broome and Darwin we usually enjoy a lovely 28 to 30ºC.

    A couple of rules

    Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips. By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information. For additional Conditions of Carriage regarding COVID-19, see here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/conditions-carriage

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    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. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below: PERTH AND BROOME: ALL general enquiry must be directed to our Reservations team on 1300 654 604. In the case of a GENUINE EMERGENCY, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the DAY OF DEPARTURE ONLY please contact our Operations Manager in Broome . If your call does NOT warrant an emergency situation you will be asked to call our Reservations team in business hours.’ Intrepid's Local Operator: 08 9193 7778

    Responsible travel

    Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel

    The Intrepid Foundation

    Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed more than AU $6 million to over 100 community organisations since 2002. Did you know that tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the global economy, making up 1 out of every 10 jobs? That’s why we support local projects that create meaningful jobs and give people the skills they need to work in the destinations we take you to. And it’s why we exist – to make it easy for travellers to give back to the communities and places they’ve been in an effective and meaningful way. Intrepid Group covers all administration costs, every cent goes directly to the projects. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information about the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or visit our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

    Accommodation notes

    Basix camping involves a combination of swags with pop-up tents and semi-permanent tents with stretcher beds. A sleeping bag is required for Basix level.

    Transport notes

    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 traveling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. The road to Cape Leveque is unsealed and therefore can be quite rough, this trip is not recommended for pregnant women or people with back issues. DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australians are accustomed to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Perth to Broome is roughly the length of Portugal. Driving from Alice Springs to Darwin is about the length of the UK, and Perth to Adelaide is about the same distance from Spain to Poland. 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. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted 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 your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Travellers who reside within the European Union or Switzerland receive basic international health insurance, so travel insurance is not mandatory under European Union Law. However, as this does not cover situations such as emergency rescues, private health care, or repatriation to their home country, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. European Union or Swiss travellers who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLERS Australians travelling within Australia are not required to be covered for hospital care due to being covered by Medicare. However, we strongly recommend that Australians have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. It is also strongly advisable that Australians have current ambulance cover in the case of emergency evacuation or incidents requiring ambulance transportation.

    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.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    During ‘the Wet’ most 4WD roads and National Parks in the Kimberley are closed, including the Gibb River Road which in the wet season turns into a fully flowing river. Due to the region being mostly inaccessible, we only operate these trips through the dry months, usually April until October. Departures during the shoulder season (usually April/early May and October) are at some risk of road and National Park closures. In most cases we will try and operate an amended itinerary, depending on the extent of the closures. We reserve the right to amend itineraries at short notice, during any time of the year. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES Due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the Red Centre an Intrepid leader will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as sites are subject to flooding. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides 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.

    Accommodation

    Camping - with basic facilities (5 nights),Safari Tent - shared facilities (8 nights)

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