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Arkaroola & Lake Eyre

From $2950

A fully guided, pack free 8 day walking tour – 52 kms walking (approx.)

Over 8 days you’ll experience on a truly unique and varied journey as we discover the very best of South Australia’s remote northern outback wilderness on this fantastic walking journey. Showcasing the best day walks in Vulkathunha – Gammon Ranges National Park, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Lake Eyre – Kati Thanda National Park.

No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

We depart Adelaide and travel north, arriving at Jamestown for morning tea and a tour briefing at a local coffee shop.

We then continue to Wilpena Pound and our first walk starts at the visitor centre and follows the creek. The trail is quite a wide flat. Much of the walk is cool in the shade of beautiful big gum trees and pines. It’s a lovely atmosphere and there is a pretty waterhole.

Before long we cross the creek and head up to a flat plateau area where we come across the Hill Homestead. There are   information boards here that detail its fascinating history which your guides will also discuss. There are toilets here.

The lookout track continues on up the hill behind the homestead. This is where the track gets harder and steeper. The track is uneven with lots of rocks and rock steps to climb over. After 300 metres or so we come to the first lookout       platform. The views here are spectacular!

From here we continue up to the next lookout spot. It’s a little bit further than the first and slightly harder. The view here is also fantastic. After this lovely walk we hop back in the van and travel a little further to either Gum Creek Station or Rawnsley Park Station for an overnight stay.

Meals: lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Gum Creek Station Shearers rooms or  Rawnsley Park Station holiday units.

After breakfast, we depart Gum Creek Station and make our way further north to the start of the Mt Chambers Gorge Walk.

 

We arrive mid-morning and enjoy a short walk to an extensive Aboriginal petroglyph site here set amongst towering rock walls and a spring fed river bed.

 

The path is rocky slate and is quite skinny as it runs along the side of a rocky cliff. It levels out before long and remains quite flat from there on.

 

The terrain is sandy and rocky with lots of rock obstacles. You will start to see the engravings become more common as you move along the trail. Before long we come out into a small natural amphitheater and see a wall full of engravings. It’s quite a spectacular site and must have been a very important place for the  local indigenous people.

Eventually the creek bed flattens out and we retrace our steps back. There is the option of walking along the creek of the main gorge depending on time and group willingness. We find a nice spot in the shade to have lunch and then continue on. We finish the day in the remote village of Arkaroola.

 

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is run by the Sprigg family as private wilderness retreat and an important conservation reserve. This is a truly beautiful place with so much to offer avid bushwalkers.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

There is no mobile phone coverage here however you can purchase wifi for around $10 for your whole stay. There is a licenced bar onsite.

 

After breakfast and lunch making we head out of Arkaroola to the beginning of our days walk.

 

From the trailhead, the walk heads towards the creek. We follow the creek up the valley. It’s a mixture of sandy soil and the rocky creek bed. Although the path is uneven its relatively flat. The trail crosses some water but its low enough so you can easily find some rocks to get across and stay dry. There are some larger rocks and boulders to step over through this section and then we arrive at the track junction.

 

Depending on the fitness and willingness of the group we may turn left and head along Balcanoona creek or right onto the Monarch Mine trail. Regardless which route we take, both take us to Grindells Hut.

 

The Monarch mine trail feels very untrodden and the track is a bit rough as you clamber over rocks and what seems to be the path leading alongside a rocky outcrop. The Weetootla Spring is here along the creek bed. The terrain is still flat though uneven with some rocky slabs to step up and down. We continue along to a gentle ascent with switchbacks to ease the climb. After weaving our way up you can see exactly where the track is leading and start to see some pretty awesome views of the surrounding ranges and the valley.

 

It’s a narrow track and the sides of the mountain are steep but its surprisingly easy to walk these paths. You get a spectacular view of the trail in the distance on the side of the mountain opposite.

 

Hiking along the mountain sides is a very unique experience. The views are truly endless. There are a few sections where you will need to climb up and along larger rocks on the steep sides but in general this trail is pretty easy to walk on.

 

Eventually you spot Grindells Hut in the distance and the trail starts heading down from the mountains. Like the ascent, the descent is also quite gentle. At Grindells Hut there are toilets. We have a rest and look around before making out way back to the junction and through the Balcanoona Creek trail towards the Weetootla campground.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

 

Today’s walk is quite varied and allows us to discover the geological story of Arkaroola as we explore the  different rock surfaces and gorges with a magnificent hike through Bararanna Gorge.

 

The terrain starts off uphill on a rocky path, athough it’s not too strenuous. Once we reach the highest point you can see where the trail contours around the mountain side. There is a lot of slate which looks like perfectly made tiles, it’s quite fascinating.

 

The trail starts heading down hill and there are some incredible views of distant mountain ranges. We start to walk through some vegetation and soon head down a small creek and into the actual gorge.

 

We take care climbing down here as the path goes over some very awkward and large boulders. We continue following this creek bed. The path is rocky, sand and sometimes on slabs. Once you get down into the gorge the path weaves in and out through large boulders. The steep sides of the gorge come into view and it's spectacular.

 

We follow the gorge for a little while and come across Stubbs waterhole. This is a scenic area with huge walls of the gorge directly behind it make it a photographers dream. The track continues around through the creek bed and there are some large boulders to maneuver over and around. Near the end of the trail we walk up a steep hill and over the other side and can then see where we started.

 

There is such a variation in this walk, you get to see a lot and walk on all different types of terrain which is fascinating.

 

Optional extra: Tonight there is an opportunity to join on an astronomy tour. (Guest expense $40 approx.)

 

Meals: breakfast and lunch (dinner at guest expense)

 

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

 

We have breakfast, pack up and depart Arkaroola to venture into the heart of Australia's outback.

 

We stop in Farina and enjoy a bun if the bakery is open, otherwise we will provide morning tea. We then have a short walk to visit the ruins. We wander through the streets looking at the old post office, police  station, pub and then head over to the railway lines and on toward the cemetery.

 

After a little bit of driving the road turns to dirt. Just before you come into Marree you will see a stone statue of a man. It’s a good opportunity to stop here and get a photo.

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner tonight is at Marree Oasis with a 2 course meal and live entertainment.

 

Accommodation: Marree Oasis Holiday Park cabins

 

Today we head north and visit the iconic Lake Eyre. There is a small uphill walk of about 200 metres. Once we reach the top you will see a large expanse of white salt flat that continues into the distance - Lake Eyre.

 

We spend lots of time taking photos and after your visit here you can say that you’ve walked at Lake Eyre! A unique and rare experience.

 

We then return to Muloorina for a toilet stop and have lunch by a waterhole. The afternoon is open for flights or a town walk to take in the some historical sites.

 

Scenic flight – optional extra (guest expense) – 45min flight cost approx. $280pp. It is best to advise guides so this can be booked in advance.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Accommodation: Maree Oasis Holiday Park cabins

 

We pack up and begin our journey south to Almerta Station stopping at Prairie Hotel to explore this unique and interesting outback hotel. Once we reach Almerta Station we stretch our legs on one of the station walks.

 

The Bluff walk is a great one. We follow the ridgeline up the hill alongside the cliff edge until we reach the summit. We do a loop and walk back down enjoying more views on the other side. Keep you eyes out for wedge-tailed eagles on this walk.

 

There are more walks at Almerta that we can explore depending on time.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Accommodation: Almerta Station

 

We pack up and head south stopping for a circuit hike along the full length of Alligator Gorge, including the Narrows and the Terraces.

 

The trail starts as a steep downhill descent with rock slabs as stairs. There are handrails which will come in handy. After descending the stairs we follow the track to the terraces.

 

The trail follows the creek bed on a mixture of sand and dirt soil on uneven terrain. After reaching the terraces, care needs to be taken on the slippery rock surface. There are many obstacles to climb over and the track is undulating.

 

After approximately 2 kms the track starts ascending and contours around the mountain. The track is much more even here with no rocks or boulders to navigate. After reaching the top it winds around to a 4wd track and we follow this road back towards the carpark and Blue Gum track. At Blue Gum carpark there are toilets.

 

From here we head back down the gorge and into the narrows. The tall sides of the gorge are incredibly dramatic and it’s a lovely place to walk through. Finally we reach the terraces and the staircase we came down at the start. Luckily there are some seats along the way for a breather heading back up!

 

We aim to have you back in Adelaide around 5pm. We drop off at the Chifley and Adelaide Airport. If you are planning to fly out after the tour please book flights after 6.30pm.

 

Meals: breakfast (Lunch guest expense)

 

Rawnsley Park

The property is situated just outside Wilpena Pound and is the perfect base for exploring the area. Here we stay in comfortable two-bedroom cabins for four nights of the tour. These cabins have two bedrooms with the one shared bathroom between the two rooms, and a shared living area.
You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a bedroom, this means you would have one bedroom in the two bedroom cabin and are likely to be
sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.

 

Gum Creek Station

Recently upgraded quality Shearer’s Quarters style accommodation, ideal for groups and families and sleeping up to 18 people.  Fully self-contained, with large kitchen plus dining/living area; wood fire and gas heating; 240 volt solar power; large outdoor deck and BBQ area, nestled alongside river red gum-lined homestead creek.

Gum Creek Station is a 200 km² pastoral lease which straddles the very backbone of the magnificent Flinders Ranges.  Spanning the northern boundary of the Flinders Ranges National Park, the property also affords easy access to a host of local attractions, including the stunning Brachina Gorge and the unique and historic town of Blinman.  Whilst staying at Gum Creek you will enjoy exclusive free access to our 4WD station tracks, day walks and mountain bike trails.

 

Relax, explore, exercise, get up close to wildlife, marvel at the night skies and enjoy clean and comfortable accommodation in a great setting.  Feel free to chat with your hosts to share their knowledge and experiences which span over seven generations on the property.

 

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Suites with spectacular mountain views: (For up to 4 persons)

  • En-suite bathroom facilities
  • Split-system reverse-cycle airconditioning
  • Queen-size bed
  • Single Bed
  • Trundle (roll-out) bed
  • Small bar-size refrigerator
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • TV

Marree Holiday Park Cabins

The Marree Hotel’s ensuite cabins provide superior accommodation in Marree. Immaculately presented, comfy and convenient with parking at your door and so close to the Hotel.

These cabins are generous in proportion with large showers, free-to-air digital TV, tea and coffee making facilities and every cabin is air conditioned. WiFi is available throughout the hotel/motel cabins for a small fee. Optus mobile phone service is now available in Marree.

 

Almerta Station

Still retaining the authentic farm stay charm, the old building consists of a fully equipped kitchen with two gas stoves, a microwave and a large fridge/freezer. The dining room adjoining the kitchen has an open wood fire place to warm up those cold winter nights. The laundry next to the toilet on the front porch provides not only a washing machine, but also two showers and a large sink for hand washing. It is adjoined by shaded outdoor areas with a gas BBQ.

The main sleeping quarters include six different sized and equipped bedrooms suitable for families and larger groups, a large lounge room with a huge shaded porch area and an amenities block with three separate bathrooms. Just a few steps up the hill you can find a renovated Ecohut with two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and the other with three bunks. There is a unique fire pit area cut into the hill above the Quarters. Top off a wonderful country experience with dinner and drinks around an open fire before bedding down.

Tour inclusions

  • Small group of 10 or less
  • Guided walks each day with experienced guides
  • 7 nights accommodation (single supplement available)
  • Return group transfer departing and returning to Adelaide
  • Magnificent walking and sightseeing
  • Two-course dinners, lunches, continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee and other non alcoholic beverages
  • Meals included: 7 breakfast, 7 lunch, 6 dinner (1 lunch and 1 dinner at own expense)

If you are flying out of Adelaide, please book flights home from 6.30pm onwards.

 

A single supplement is available for an additional $500.00 for all seven nights. 

Trip dates 2020

  • Wednesday 6 to Wednesday 13 May 
  • Thursday 27 August to Thursday 3 September

Prepare for your walk

If you are joining a Park Trek tour there are a few things to note.

  • Most healthy adult can participate in a Park Trek walking holiday. If you can walk upwards of 15 kilometres or more in a day, carrying a lightweight day pack, you will find our tours totally achievable.
  • While we typically walk on well forged walking tracks, the quality and degree of difficulty can vary greatly. You may find some tracks rocky and lumpy underfoot, soft and sandy, or muddy and slippery.
  • Sometimes there is the need to negotiate obstacles such as fallen trees, sections of scree or steep steps.
  • Ensure you come along with, not only the right footwear, rain gear and clothing, but also the right frame of mind!

What you need to bring

  • Clothing for the duration of the trip
  • A comfortable pair of walking shoes (runners or flat-soled shoes will not suffice except as something you can wear after a day’s activity)
  • Toiletries and any personal medication.
  • Walking poles with a telescopic arm (if you are comfortable with using these).
  • Other items relevant to specific trips will be detailed in trip notes sent to you prior to travel.

Note: Full details of what to bring can be found in the downloadable trip notes.

You are only required to carry a day back pack with you on the walking trails. This should contain your lunch/snacks, plenty of water (bottled or in a water bladder), sunscreen/sunhat, light waterproof jacket, and a hat/beanie is a good idea if the weather is likely to be changeable.

A soft bag is ideal for the trip. Soft bags are more forgiving in terms of packing/unpacking and storage. They are also more manageable for the guides to lift and move around.

Although not compulsory, comfortable hiking boots are strongly encouraged on the hikes. Often the ground underfoot is rocky and uneven, and hiking boots make the walking a little easier. If you are going to purchase new boots specifically for the hike, we suggest you wear them in well before the walk begins.

Usually at the bottom of the trip notes you receive when you complete your tour booking, you will notice a list of suggested items to pack for the trip. Of course these will differ from trip to trip, but are generally a great indication of what you will need, to make the trip comfortable.

With prior notification (usually on booking) we can cater for most dietary requirements, ie: lactose intolerance, coeliac, vegetarian, gluten free to name a few. Even if its a simple request such as: “I prefer soy milk” we can cater for this.

If you have a favorite brand of food you particularly like, or a food item with a particular flavor for example, by all means bring it along with you. There are some restrictions bringing in fresh food in some locations, ie you can not take honey onto Kangaroo Island. If you are unsure just check with us and we can advise you of any restrictions that may apply to the destination of your tour.

Park Trek only offers non-alcoholic beverages while on tour. We do however welcome guests to bring wine/beer along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. We often stop en-route on the first day at a bottle shop where you can purchase alcohol for the tour.

Unless listed in the itinerary, such as a restaurant meal or coffee, all expenses are included in the tour price. There are no hidden extra costs, such as National Park fees or transfer charges.

On the first day of the tour we collect guests from a central pickup point. This point is listed in the trip notes you receive upon booking your tour. For example: if you are going on the Daylesford Goldfields Track walk, the central pickup point is the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

If you would like to organise a private group tour, we can easily organise this for you, whether it be a large or small number of people.

All of the walking destinations on our scheduled departure calendar can be organised for private groups or charters. We can also tailor make a package to a destination of your choosing. Just get in touch to ask us how.

Here is a brief overview of what we can offer:

  • Expert guides who will drive and cater for your group. Park Trek guides are hardworking, resourceful, talented and friendly.
  • Walking with small day packs only so there is no need for guests to carry heavy back packs.
  • Accommodation which can vary from 3 to 5 stars. It just comes down to your budget.
  • Transport and other logistical details. We can collect you from a location that is convenient to you, whether that be the airport, your place of stay or elsewhere.
  • Park Trek can provide all meals, or a combination of guide-catered meals and local restaurant dining.
  • Your tour fees also cover any Parks entrance fees.
  • Length of journey and location of walk to suit style and budget
  • We can also combine trips and tailor make a package just for you!

All you need to do is contact us with your request for more information about a particular trip and we can work out the costs for you.

Feel free to give us a call in the office during business hours (03) 5639 2615, or send us an email with an outline of what you’re after and we can get in touch to discuss the details.

Park Trek is passionate about providing quality, unique and unforgettable nature-based walking holidays.

As an eco-certified organisation, we seek to guide walkers to beautiful and interesting locations all around Australia. While this gives us enormous satisfaction, we are also well aware of the impact this has on the environment and the places we visit.

To ensure we preserve the character and beauty of these destinations, we try to minimize our environmental footprint as well as supporting local communities.

Our guides are dedicated and informative who share their passion of the great outdoors and knowledge on local history, wildlife and topography.

We are proud to be able to provide a safe, social and healthy environment for like-minded travellers to enjoy the great outdoors.

Park Trek is passionate about providing quality, unique and unforgettable nature-based walking holidays. We are committed to best practice with all environmental aspects of our business and endeavour to identify and minimise all possible environmental risks that the business may encounter.

As an Advanced Eco-certified organisation, we seek to guide walkers to beautiful and interesting locations all around Australia. While this gives us enormous satisfaction, we are also well aware of the impact this has on the environment and the places we visit.

To ensure we preserve the character and beauty of these destinations, we try to minimize our environmental footprint as well as supporting local communities. We stay in locally owned and operated accommodation on all tours and seek out environmentally and socially responsible partnerships with our suppliers—who create sustainable business through their efforts. In addition, we purchase supplies and tour food items where possible from local businesses to ensure low food miles.

Our locally employed guides are able to share their cultural and historical knowledge of tour locations. By employing expert guides who live in the region where they lead trips, we both benefit the local economy and open doors to authentic personal interactions with the community.

We are proud to be able to provide a safe, social and healthy environment for like-minded travellers to enjoy the great outdoors. We understand that environmental concerns are a shared responsibility and we encourage all guests to observe to the following when on the trail:

• Leave no trace. Leave everything as you found it. Don’t disturb places of historical significance, Aboriginal sites, plants, animals or geological features

• Choose appropriate footwear for the terrain you will be encountering. Lightweight hiking boots or shoes should suffice

• Don’t stray from the track, even if it’s rough or muddy. Walking on the track edges and cutting corners on steep, zigzagging tracks increases erosion and visual scarring

• Respect and appreciate the local wildlife

• Be quiet where possible. This reduces the chance of disturbing wildlife and increases the likelihood of seeing it

• Take all rubbish with you. Even discarded organic litter such as apple cores or orange skin adds nutrients to the soil which can aid the spread of weeds

• Avoid walking on sensitive vegetation by staying on rocks and hard ground wherever possible. Swamp and bog plants, mosses and other soft vegetation are easily destroyed by trampling

• Only use toothpaste and soap if you’re at least 50m from any waterways, to prevent harm to fish and other wildlife

• Please don’t feed native animals – it can damage their health and make them dependent on humans for food

• Do not damage or remove any native plant species, shells from beaches, coastal areas or inland middens

Advanced Eco Tourism Certification assures travellers that our products are supported by a strong, well-managed commitment
to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The advanced Eco Tourism Certification Program is a world first and it has been developed to address the need to identify genuine nature and ecotourism operators.

Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.

Most walkers are familiar with the basics of minimal impact behavior or the ‘Leave-No-Trace’ philosophy. Some the most important points are:Prepare – through contacts with park managers we know the regulations and special concerns of the areas we visit.

  • Prepare – through contacts with park managers we know the regulations and special concerns of the areas we visit.
  • Tread softly – we stay on tracks and board walks whenever possible. When walking off the beaten track we try to stay on hard surface to avoid creating new tracks.
  • Pack in-Pack out – we do not leave anything on the trail. Any rubbish generated by us is always brought back out.
  • Small groups – while walking we are trying to limits groups sizes. Larger groups are often split into two parties.
  • Respect wildlife – we don’t interfere with animals in anyway, and avoid feeding or touching wildlife. When we encounter wildlife we do our best not to disturb them.
  • Consider hosts and other visitors – we respect the wishes of our hosts, be it Indigenous people, land managers or locals. We respect other visitors we encounter on the trails.

The destinations we visit are more often than not located in remote or rural communities. As visitors we are dependent on the locals to provide us with accommodation and other services. To support the local economy we use local service providers as much as we can.

  • Accommodation – when looking for places to stay, we favor locally owned accommodation, particularly those committed to environmentally sustainable practices.
  • Eat and shop local – on each tour we usually spend at least one night out, be it at a small cozy restaurant or at the local pub. Our guests often pick up locally made goods along the way further supporting the local economy.
  • Local guides – on many tours we are joined by local guides to help provide expert local knowledge. We also often join local tours to learn about bush tucker, indigenous culture or local wildlife.

Many of our tours take place in sensitive protected areas, National Parks and World heritage-listed locations. Only licensed Tour Operators with a proven record of operating according to best practice environmental standards are allowed to operate in such areas.

Each state has its own stringent conditions that tour operators have to abide by. Park Trek is proud of the fact that we are licensed to operate tours in National Parks and protected areas all over Australia. Our guides undertake specialised training focused on Aboriginal culture and heritage and are certified to lead tours in iconic World Heritage sites such as Kakadu.

The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce. Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit,  vegetables, fish and meats are used, supporting local farmers and minimising our food miles.

We don’t offer five-star dining, but our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top quality fresh seasonal ingredients.

Breakfast is a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation.

Lunch can vary from day to day, but includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like a roasted chicken or a quiche.

Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides. The menu changes to suit available fresh produce but could  include a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert may include things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit salad.

Snacks and nibbles –  guests can prepare their own trail each morning from the self serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail, and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks.

Pre-dinner antipasto – each evening we prepare a tasty selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner.

Dietary requirements – we are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements if advised beforehand, and can prepare meals to meet individual needs.

Alcohol – out tours do not include include alcoholic beverages, however guests are most welcome to bring beer/wine along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine please ensure this is packed well in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local bottle shop while on tour.

Park Trek’s walking holidays are relaxed and friendly accommodating guests of all ages. Our small group tours attract like-minded people generally aged between 45 and 75 years.

Guests range from people travelling on their own, to couples, friends and groups.

What Park Trek provides:

As soon as you join a Park Trek tour your needs are looked after. We provide:

  • All transport in comfortable mini-coaches
  • Experienced and helpful guides
  • Fully guided walking tours and interpretation along the trail
  • Thoughtfully planned itineraries
  • Excellent meals and snacks
  • Warm and friendly atmosphere

Please read these booking conditions carefully as they form the basis on which bookings are accepted by Park Trek. The contract will be governed by and subject to these booking conditions, and to general information contained in Park Trek brochures, trip letters and the website.

How to book

  1. Contact us via phone or email and enquire about the specific trip/s you are interested in.
  2. We’ll respond and advise of availability.
  3. Once we have assured you of availability we will require a $250 deposit from you to guarantee the booking. You can do this via direct deposit or by cheque.
  4. We will also require you to complete a booking form and send it through either at the time of making the booking or soon after so we have all of the details we need from you including emergency contact, dietary requirements, etc.
  5. Final payment falls due 60 days prior to the trips departure, or if you are booking within 60 days of the trip departure the full amount is payable upon booking.
  6. You are always welcome to call us prior to your departure with any questions.

 

Park Trek Change of Date Policy

You are permitted to make one change to the date of your booking in the same year without incurring a fee, however the following conditions apply:

Any change to your booking date is subject to availability and must be changed to a tour within the same year.

This date change must be made no less than 60 days prior to the tour departure date of your original booking.

If the date change is made under 60 days prior (59 days to 1 day) there is a charge of $100.

If the date change is made to another calendar year, there is a charge of $100.

 

If a second date change is required there is an additional charge of $150 per booking.

 

If a third date change is required there is an additional charge of $200 per booking.

 

Any subsequent changes will incur a $250 charge per booking.

 

We understand sometimes circumstances may prevent you from joining your walking tour. For this reason, we strongly advise you organise domestic travel insurance to cover yourself.

We have a compiled a list of suggested travel insurance providers:

  • Royal Automobile Club in your state
  • Southern Cross Insurance
  • Cover-More Travel Insurance

(Please note these are only suggested travel insurance providers. Park Trek is not affiliated with any travel insurance provider)

When you have chosen your itinerary please contact Park Trek to book. Reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking.

For domestic departures Park Trek requires a non-refundable holding deposit of AUD $250 per person (AUD $500 for Kimberley and AUD $400 for Bibbulmun) to accompany the booking form.

For international departures, the non-refundable holding deposit varies for different tours. The amount required for a non-refundable deposit is listed on individual international tours.

If you choose to pay the deposit via credit card there is a 2% surcharge transaction fee. This is a charge we pass on from our transaction supplier.

If a booking is made within 60 days of the trips departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. If, for any reason, your final payment fails to reach Park Trek by the due date, Park Trek reserves the right to treat the booking as being cancelled and thus applying the relevant cancellation fees shown below.

 

Booking Conditions for Luxury Escapes

If booking a package through Luxury Escapes, the high demand and limited departure dates does not allow any cancellations unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

For the avoidance of doubt, the following are circumstances that DO NOT qualify for refunds:

  • if you change your mind (except where such change of mind and request is within the required cancellation periods outlined in this policy)

 

Booking Conditions for Wandering the World Tours

At Wandering the World we want your travel choices and plans to be as straight forward as possible.

It is essential to read and understand the conditions of booking, also to ensure you have a full understanding of the day to day itinerary and trip brief, and refer any questions to Wandering the World prior to making your booking.

Payment terms – A deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place, in the currency stated on the website. The deposit will be in either AUD, USD, or EURO, (and the price will be quoted in either AUD, USD, EURO, GBP or YEN) as quoted by currency and amount. The balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip departure date, or as indicated for specialist groups (90 days). Please note where we have priced the trip in local currency and taking the deposit in Australian dollars, the balance due will calculate the local currency amount at the Westpac International Payment rate of the day and the deposit paid will be deducted from the balance due. Please also note the amount paid must exclude any bank fees to Wandering the World.

If the booking is made within 60 days of the trip departing, full monies is required at the time of booking. All monies are a direct deposit into Wandering the World’s bank account. No credit card payments are accepted, and apologies for any inconvenience.

Cancellation 60 plus days (90 days for specialist groups) from the date of trip departure is automatic loss of deposit.
Cancellation within 60 days of trip departure is loss of full monies 100% of trip price. No refunds will apply should you leave the trip for any reason.

Administration/change fee – Wandering the World reserve the right to pass on administration fees and/or change fees, whenever amendments are made to dates, pre and post accommodation, trip modification, and name changes, at any time from receiving the deposit.

Wandering the World reserves the right to cancel a trip, and/or review the itinerary at any stage prior, or during the trip, for situations not within Wandering the World’s control.

Pre and Post Accommodation is optional, and subject to availability. Please note if you confirm this option of additional pre, and or post accommodation, this is non-refundable, and will be included in the final invoice and calculated at the Westpac International Payment rate of the day. Please also note hotel listings will not be provided until final documentation approximately 30 days from the start of the trip.

Documentation

All necessary documentation will be forwarded via email up to 30 days prior to your Wandering the World trip departing, depending on the destination. Also please note for many of the itineraries, all directions, maps and essential information will be waiting at your joining hotel, on the date your trip is due to start (not at the place, or on the date of your pre-accommodation).

Insurance is compulsory for everyone who travels with Wandering the World. The insurance policy must include cover against personal accident.

Passports and visas are the responsibility of the individual. The applicants MUST ensure their passport carry a 6-month validity beyond the duration of your trip. Wandering the World cannot accept any responsibility if the applicant is refused entry to a country due to incorrect passport, or visa documentation. It is also advisable to carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times.

Responsibility – Wandering the World travels to a variety of countries, including Asia and parts of the world where standards of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, telecommunications, medical facilities and general infrastructure can vary from place to place. This may be unfamiliar to your usual living arrangements, or differ from a conventional holiday. Please take this into account at the time of booking and understand the levels of personal risk, which the applicant agrees to fully assume.

The applicant understands that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, political instability and the forces of nature. The applicant agrees to assume all risks associated with the journey to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any medical evacuation expenses incurred due to injury or illness will be the responsibility of the participant. Wandering the World reserves the right to refuse an applicant entry onto a tour due to medical or fitness grounds.

The applicant acknowledges that travel with Wandering the World requires a degree of flexibility and understands that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Wandering the World deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to the applicant if the reason for any major alteration is outside Wandering the World’s control.

While travelling with Wandering the World the applicant agrees to accept the authority of the leader, or local operator at all times. The applicant is aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. The applicant understands that Wandering the World reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time.

The applicant acknowledges that Wandering the World may contract with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals throughout Asia and worldwide to assist in the running of its tours. To the best of Wandering the Worlds knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Wandering the World will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Wandering the World will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited.

No employee, servant or agent of Wandering the World has authority to vary these conditions. This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia.

Government Travel Advice – The applicant acknowledges that by paying the deposit they have given due consideration to relevant Government travel advisories concerning the destination chosen and that it is their responsibility to be acquainted with such information and advice. Also, prior to travel and during your overseas trip, it is critical to understand the up to date Government Travel Advice. Governments publish this advice for countries around the world. Wandering the World highly recommend checking with government authorities regularly prior to travel to ensure up to date information is obtained. The following governing bodies regularly publish information for
travellers:

  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • U.S. Department of State

Trip costs are based on ground costs and exchange rates at the time of booking. Whilst we will do our utmost to avoid any price increases Wandering the World reserve the right to amend our prices without notice, at any time up to and including the day of trip departure, in the event of significant exchange rate fluctuations, increases in fuel costs, local flight costs or increases in ground operator service fees. Wandering the World will absorb up to the first AUD50 per person of any overall price increase from its ground operations and exchange rate fluctuations but reserve the right to pass any further increases onto the passenger.

Open Age & Fitness Levels -Wandering the World trips are designed for travellers of all ages assuming you are fit and healthy. Pre-holiday health preparation is advised along with a check-up with your regular doctor. Health advice in relation to vaccinations and any possible anti-malarial medication is also recommended.

The payment of deposit indicates you have read and fully understood the booking conditions. Any concerns at the time of booking must be raised directly with Glenyce Johnson: glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au.

 

The participant agrees to indemnify Park Trek, and its servant and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which Park Trek, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by Park Trek at the time that a trip is being conducted.

In the event that you cancel your booking, the following charges apply.

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Park Trek, with the following conditions:

Domestic tours

  • 60 days plus prior to trip departure – loss of deposit
  • 59 – 30 days prior to trip departure – 50% of the full price of the tour
  • 29 – 15 days prior to trip departure – 75% of full price of tour
  • Within 14 days of the trip departure – 100% of the full price of the total price for the trip.All prices are GST inclusive.
    No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

International departures
Overseas Travel:

Cancellation of More than 70 days – Loss of Deposit
Between 69 and 31 days – Loss of 50% of Tour Cost
30 days or less – Loss of 100% of Tour Cost

  • International departures do not include GST
  • No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary.

In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. Park Trek will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by Park Trek, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

While Park Trek will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, Park Trek strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

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