The Kimberley - 10 day camping
A fully guided, pack free 10 day walking & camping tour – 62 kms walking (approx.)
The Kimberley is one of the last Australian frontiers, a place soaked in indigenous culture and pioneering history. It takes no time at all to feel the spirit of the country, it is said to capture your soul.
It also offers fantastic hiking experiences; whether it be exploring unexpected and spectacular swimming holes or trekking through open eucalypt forests dotted with the iconic and wonderfully shaped boab trees endemic to this region. Each walk is different to the next and offers a new experience.
The Kimberley is famous for the Gibb River Road. On this tour you will explore the region, hiking by day and at night under the stars.
We start and end the tour in Kununurra. On tour you are sure to love the breathtaking sights and picturesque scenery of this ancient land. See wallabies, dingoes, kangaroos, crocodiles, lizards and an incredibly diverse bird life.
Your time in the Kimberley allows you to experience the beauty and wonder of the natural environment whilst enjoying sleeping under the starts in comfortable swags and fabulous homestyle meals.
In 2020 Park Trek is turning 20 and to kick off our birthday party we’re offering $200 off our Kimberley tours departing in 2020. Simply add the code ‘Kimberley200off’ when booking, or phone our friendly sales team to place an order over the phone.
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.
Mini Palms and Echidna Chasm Walk, Purnululu National Park
Depart Kununurra at 6.30am from the Lakeside Resort and 7am from the Kimberley Grande (please be ready to go just before pickup time). We make our way to the northern end of the Purnululu National Park and the start of our first walk of the day into Echidna Chasm – which is perhaps one of the most well known in the Park.
This return walk through a narrow chasm with some large boulders to be scrambled over. Visually stunning as you look up between the narrow gap of tall red cliffs to the brilliant blue sky way above. This walk starts almost right away in a dry creek bed and there are lots of rocks to climb over. Before long you are in the gorge and will notice the sides close in dramatically. The rocky path continues as you weave your way through the tight spaces between the rock walls. The second walk is the Mini Palms Gorge Walk. This is a moderate to hard return walk to a scenic amphitheatre with many young palms which stand out against the rich red backdrop. The first few kilometre are easy and then things get a bit more difficult.
When you start to get into the gorge there are some very large conglomerate boulders to climb over and walk in between for a little while. This section is more difficult and the turn-around point for anyone who feels it is too much of a challenge. After the boulders we walk back to creek bed before climbing up some rock and tree root stairs, followed by a man-made staircase and platform. There are two platforms and before long you reach the second platform which is the end of the trail. We then retrace our steps back to the vehicle.
There is the opportunity for optional scenic helicopter flights over the Bungle Bungle Range – Own expense. Flights start at $269 pp.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Purnululu National Park
Cathedral Gorge and the Dome Walk, Purnululu National Park
We get up, have breakfast and pack up camp then make our way to the Piccaninny Creek carpark where we prepare for two walks. This is where you start to see those typical rock formations the National Park is famous for and you can’t help but be a little excited when you start this walk.
The trail starts heading towards the domes then turns to follow the dry Picaninny creek bed. You are walking on flat but uneven terrain with a mixture of sand and large rock slabs. When the track turns toward the gorge the sides narrow and there is some stair climbing and descending. Before long you will sight the cathedral. This is a massive natural amphitheatre that is sure to impress. Apart from other walkers, it’s very quiet and cool. We stop for a snack and relax to enjoy the atmosphere. We then return almost to the start of the trail and head to the domes for a loop walk. Here you will see some Aboriginal rock art and appreciate the age of the environment. We’re on the road by 10am and spend the rest of the day travelling to Fitzroy River.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge
Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge
After breakfast we pack grab our torches and some shoes that can get wet and make our way to Windjana Gorge National Park - one of the most beautiful gorges in the Kimberley. We start at Tunnel Creek. The walk starts off right near the cave entrance. There is a small descent down to get to the opening then you will get a view of the large smooth boulders you have to straddle. We then duck down under the low roof to enter the cave. After carefully choosing our path through the smaller rocks and water we turn our head lamps on and start the trail through the dark section of the cave. It’s relatively flat but there are a lot of wobbly rocks to navigate. There is a sandy section in the middle and then we come across the second roof collapse and see some interesting roots growing right through the cave roof. At the end there is a large pool of water. Not far from Tunnel Creek is our next top at Windjana Gorge. We are sure to see dozens of freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the Lennard River here.
We start by walking through an opening in the rocks that takes us through a small cavelike tunnel. We then walk alongside the beautiful limestone cliffs for a bit on flat ground with beautiful eucalypts overhead. There are no major obstacles to walk over and the path is quite wide dirt in some places. We follow the creek bed for a while and can then pop down onto the sand where to get a good look at some freshwater crocodiles. The views of the surrounding cliffs are epic and it’s a very pleasant stroll up the creek bed, all the while seeing crocodiles in their natural habitat. The geology here is incredible, some of the best limestone to get a good look at in Australia. An absolutely fascinating place. We then hop back in the vehicle and travel around 1 hour 40 mins to our next place of stay at Mt Hart Homestead.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mt Hart campground
Annie Creek, Dolerite Gorge, Barkers Pool, Sunset Hill
We start off with a short walk at Annie Creek. Here we admire an impressive boab tree being strangled by a fig – a great photo opportunity. Close by is Annie Creek Walk and Waterhole. A short easy walk beside a reed filled creek adorned with ghost gums. Bird watchers will love this spot, particularly the red backed fairy wrens flitting amongst the Pandanus. A small waterhole at the end is just large enough for a swim for those that want to refresh. We then head to Dolerite Gorge. The walk starts off easy, but soon we follow the creek bed where there are lots of small rocks so you need to watch where you’re walking. Soon we reach the gorge and need to start rock hopping to follow the track. We come to a nice waterhole suitable for swimming. For those that want to continue exploring we can follow the track markers by continuing the rock and boulder hopping following the creek. We need to cross the creek three times before coming to a section of the gorge where it begins to narrow where you will find another waterhole suitable for swimming. After Dolerite Gorge we have a short stop at Barker Pools, another lovely birdwatching and swimming spot. We head back to camp at Mt Hart and have some time to relax this afternoon.
Just before sunset we make the 5 minute drive across the airstrip and up to Sunset Hill. This is a great spot to go and watch the end of the day close in. We’ll pull out our chairs, nibbles and drinks and relax whilst watching the country change from yellows and oranges to pinks and purples. A wonderful way to celebrate the day.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Mt Hart campground
Bell Gorge, Adcock Gorge, Galvins Gorge
After breakfast we spend most of the day exploring three of the most popular and well-known gorges along the Gibb River Road. We start with the most challenging walk today - into Bell Gorge, a 2.6km return walk in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Most of the walk is quite easy and meanders beside the pretty Bell Creek. Once we get to the Gorge it gets a little more difficult as we cross the creek on slippery rocks, and then scramble down the steep rock wall leading to the water’s edge. Taking it carefully, it is well worth the effort. A waterfall cascades down the U-shaped cliffs into a deep pool perfect for swimming, with large flat rocks alongside that we warm ourselves on after the very refreshing water. Our next stop is Adcock Gorge. This is a fairly easy walk, about 2km return, although there are several spots that we climb up and down rock ledges and boulders. A very pretty water hole and gorge invites us to swim, climb and explore. We finish with a walk to starting with the easiest to access, Galvins Gorge. About 1.6 km return, this is a lovely place to swim underneath the trickling waterfall.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Manning River campground
Manning Gorge Walk and Bindoola Falls Trail
Departing Manning River campground after breakfast we prepare for the Manning Gorge Walk. The walk is mostly in open rocky grass and woodlands, so can be sunny and hot. To access the start of the walk we need to cross Manning River. This is an oasis in itself and a lovey spot for a swim before we embark on the walk. For those that want to keep dry, there is a small boat on a rope pully system that takes us across Manning River to the start of the walk. The moderately graded walk is 2.4 kilometres one way to the first pool. Stay here for a swim and relax or walk further, exploring more pools and rock escarpments. Aboriginal rock art can be found here. Back to the vehicle we journey to Ellenbrae Station. Here we stop for the famous homemade scones with jam and cream. You’ll love the open air homestead with manicured lawns and gardens – a sanctuary amidst the dirt and dust.
We finish the day with the Bindoola Falls Trail. If we do all three walks the distance is 2.8km, it is only 1.2km if you choose to only go to the main Bindoola Falls lookout. The shorter trail is easy with more difficult sections to climb into the Gorge. The country is open and rugged making it seem impossible that there is water nearby. As we walk a huge crevice opens up and we are looking down over a large pool where we can spot fresh water crocodiles basking in the sun. We head onto our camp for the night at Home Valley Station and then enjoy sunset down at the Pentecost River. We watch the sunset light up the Cockburn Ranges as they stand sentinel over this magnificent country and beautiful Pentecost River. This is a photographer’s dream and you are guaranteed to take away some postcard perfect shots.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch (dinner at guest expense at Dusty Bar & Grill)
Accommodation: Home Valley Station
Bindoola Gorge Lookout Trail
We start with the Bindoola Gorge Lookout Trail early this morning. This walk offers magnificent views, sheer cliff faces and amazing rock formations. The trail departs from the Homestead and meanders through open savannah bushland with mainly rocky terrain dotted with sections of soft and easier walking. Rest stops in shade and carrying lots of water is a must, as the 6km return walk is hot and sunny. The trail leads to excellent vantage points with views of the Bindoola Gorge, the Cockburn Ranges, Pentecost River and Home Valley Homestead. Bird lovers will be keen to spot the Brown Goshawks that frequent these woodlands. After the walk we continue our journey on the famous Gibb River Road to El Questro. It’s about 1.5 hours from Home Valley to Emma Gorge.This afternoon there is an opportunity to swim and relax in the waterhole.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: El Questro Black Cockatoo campground.
Zebedee Springs, and El Questro Trail
We rise early, have breakfast and enjoy a soak in the warm pools of Zebedee Springs. An easy walk through Sand and Livistonia Palms brings us to rejuvenating thermal springs. Truly idyllic, a rich red layered sandstone wall stands guard over the crystal clear pools in which we soak. We then head off to begin the El Questro Trail. Most of this walk is quite flat but it is rocky and uneven underfoot. We wander through some gorgeous vegetation with several types of Pandanus and some very tall Livistona palms. There are some tricky bits with rocks to climb over for the first half of the walk. We then start to see some bigger pools of water collecting in waterholes and enter a thinner section of the gorge with tall sides rising above you on both sides. This area is very lush and beautiful with gorgeous rainforest species. We take the group through a rocky section nice and steady and eventually reach the halfway pool. There are some lovely waterfalls here. The track continues over a large boulder which is possible depending on the fitness level and willingness of the group. Regardless if you push on or stay at the halfway pool it is a sensational walk.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: El Questro campground
This walk is flat at the start and follows the rocky creek bed around and into the gorge. For the first 500 metres we walk over lots of small but unstable rocks, then you start walking into the gorge itself where there are some large sections of rock slabs to climb down. There is quite a bit of rock hopping before we see water. After a small cave we come across the first major waterhole for swimming. It’s a lovely spot and you can see fish swimming around. The track abruptly heads uphill and alongside a high rocky area with a small cliff. There is a rocky outcrop that you have to squeeze past that brings you close to the edge so care is needed. If you’re unsure you can stay and swim in the pool rather than continuing on. From here the trail gets a little tricky and there are places you need to climb. We eventually reach a waterfall at the end. It’s a beautiful waterhole that definitely warrants a swim especially after the effort getting there.
Optional activity for the afternoon (guest own expense)
There is the opportunity to enjoy a tranquil 1.5-hour cruise through Chamberlain Gorge which provides guests with information about the history and environment unique to El Questro.
Meals: breakfast and lunch (dinner own expense at Stockyard Bistro)
Accommodation: El Questro campground
Emma Gorge Walk
Our last day of tour we pack up and depart the campground. Today we make our way onto Emma Gorge and Falls. This is a 5km easy to moderate return walk that takes us into a large crevice cut into the Cockburn Ranges. The deeper we go into the Gorge, the higher the ochre rich walls rise on either side of us. The trail goes from easy and flat to rock scrambling and creek crossing. It is worth the effort as we arrive at spectacular Emma; overwhelming in both her beauty and her refreshingly cold water. You can swim across the large water hole to where droplets of water fall from a large overhang creating the illusion of rain. The colours are breath taking as you look up at the walls of the gorge.
Meals: breakfast and lunch
This tour has swag accommodation so there is no single supplement charge. All swags are single.
On our Kimberley camping we provide each guest with a single swag, pillow and doona. We just ask you to bring a sheet, pillow case and towel.
Camping locations include:
- 1 night – Purnululu National Park - Kurrajong Campground. Kurrajong is near the Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms gorge walks. It has its own sunset lookout. The facilities are basic: bush toilets and bore water taps. There are no showers and it is not recommended that you drink the bore water unless you boil or treat it. Fires are not allowed. There is no mobile phone coverage in the Park.
- 1 night - Fitzroy River Lodge: This campground has two buildings with toilets and showers. A coin operated laundry with dryer and clothesline outside. We eat our meals in the camp kitchen, which has power. The pool (located near the motel rooms) is also available for Campground guests.
- 2 nights - Mt Hart campground. The campground is quite a lovely spot next to the Barker river. There is one large amenities building with cubicles on both side that have showers and toilets. There is a a clothesline and washing machine is located in the homestead. Using the washing machine is free for all guests. There is no power at the campground. There is no mobile reception and no wi-fi.
- 1 night - Manning River campground: There is no power here. Facilities include male and female showers and amenities.
- 1 night - Home Valley Station. The Homestead Camp offers easy access to the famous Dusty Bar & Grill, Station Store, Laundry Facilities, Playground and lagoon-style Swimming Pool. The campground offers bathroom facilities with hot showers and flush toilets. There is one amenities block with laundry facilities. No mobile reception, wifi access is available – costs apply. You do get phone reception on some of the walks.
- 3 nights - El Questro Black Cockatoo campground. There are two amenities blocks alongside the camping area.We can swim in the river behind the campsites. The best waterhole is the one right behind the restaurant. There is a shop that has some food items if you wish. There are laundry facilities behind the amenities blocks with clothes lines off to the side. These washing machines take 3x $1 coins. There is mobile reception here (Telstra) at the station but not on the walks.
- Departs and returns to Kununurra (the gateway to the Kimberley)
9 nights: camping in comfortable swags
- Two experienced and professional guides who will care for you for the duration of the walking tour
- Comfortable 4WD transport
- Most meals
- Trail snacks for hiking
- Pick up and drop of at your pre and post tour accommodation in Kununurra
- All national park fees
No single supplement applies for this tour
Please be aware that the Kimberley is a vast area and can be subjected to unseasonal weather conditions which can alter our proposed itinerary.
Flights: Due to long distances and kilometres travelled, it is recommended to book a return flight the day after the tour returns.
Accommodation suggestions in Kununurra
- The Lakeside Resort is located at 50 Casuarina Way, Kununurra
To book accommodation here P: 08 9169 1092
Pick up time: 6:30am
- The Kimberley Grande is located at 20 Victoria Highway, Kununurra
To book accommodation here P: 08 9166 5688
Pick up time: 7:00am
2020 Trip Dates
Wednesday 20 to Friday 29 May
Monday 1 to Wednesday 10 June
Wednesday 29 July to Friday 7 August
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
- Contact us via phone or email and enquire about the specific trip/s you are interested in.
- We’ll respond and advise of availability.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 season 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 season.
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 between 60 and 31 days prior (no change of date available within 30 days of departure) there is a charge of $100 per person.
If the date change is made to another season, there is a charge of $100 per person.
If a second date change is required there is an additional charge of $150 per person.
If a third date change is required there is an additional charge of $200 per person.
Any subsequent changes will incur a $250 charge per person.
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.
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
- 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: email@example.com.
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.
The participant agrees and understands that swimming in water bodies while on tour is a hazardous activity. Our tour guides are not trained lifeguards and are not trained to assist in the event of drowning. The participant recognises that there are risks inherent when swimming including, but not limited to, paralysing injuries and death. Should the participant agree to partake in swimming while on tour, they hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Park Trek Walking Holidays against any liability resulting from any injury that may occur to the participant while swimming. The participant also agrees to indemnify Park Trek Walking Holidays for any damage incurred arising from any claims, demand, action or cause of action by the participant.
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:
Park Trek Australian tours
- 60 days plus prior to trip departure – you will forfeit your tour deposit.
- 59 to 15 days prior to trip departure – you will forfeit your deposit and be refunded 25% of the balance of your tour cost.
- Within 14 days of the trip departure – you will forfeit 100% of the total tour cost.
No refund is available once the tour has commenced.
NB: All refunds of domestic tours are inclusive of GST. No GST applies to Park Trek international tours.
- Please note that refunds are processed once a month, around the middle of each calendar month.
Refunds for domestic departures booked by third parties such as Luxury Escapes, Trip a Deal, other booking agents:
- 60 days plus prior to trip departure – you will forfeit your tour deposit.
- 59 to 15 days prior to trip departure – you will forfeit your deposit and be refunded 25% of NETT amount payable to Park Trek by the third party agent.
- Within 14 days of the trip departure – you will forfeit 100% of the total tour cost.
No refund is available once the tour has commenced.
NB: All refunds are inclusive of GST
International departures operated by third parties such as Wandering the World and Earth Trek.
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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