This is general information about our tours, you should refer to the itinerary for your specific tour for more information.
Do I need to reconfirm my tour?
For travel prior to 31st March 2014: Yes! Adventure Tours Australia and New Zealand advise confirming your tour 48 hours prior to departure with your name and booking number to avoid any disappointment. Please call us on 1300 654 604 (within Australia) or +61 3 8102 7800 (International). Always check your pre-departure information ensure your pick up place and time are correct and confirmed.
For travel from 1st April 2014: reconfirmation of your tour is not required.
What to bring
Each tour requires all the basics you would typically bring on any trip e.g. toiletries, towels, camera and extra money for optional snacks and activities. Due to the nature of our tours we recommend bringing sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), swimming gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, fly net to cover your head if you are bothered by flies (outback tours particularly) and motion sickness tablets (recommended on NZ and boat tours). On our Unleashed and Explorer tours with camping nights, you will be required to bring a pillow and sleeping bag (sleeping bag can be purchased for AUD $30 from us prior to departure if you don't have your own). Sleeping bags/pillows are not necessary for fully accommodated tours eg those in Tasmania, between Adelaide<>Melbourne, and the East Coast. Clothing requirements vary dependent on location and seasonality (e.g. warm clothing, waterproof jackets), please ask when booking or email us with your confirmed booking number firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much luggage can I bring?
Our vehicles have limited space so please keep your luggage to a MAXIMUM OF 15 KGS (except KAKADU tours which are MAXIMUM 10KGS) in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block etc. It is recommended to plan ahead and arrange to store bulky items at pre-tour accommodation. This is relevant also, when travelling on packages which include Kakadu, as all tours start from and return to Darwin. Any package touring totally within the Northern Territory which includes the Red Centre will start from and return to Alice Springs. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at passenger's expense.
Where do I meet the tour?
Please refer to the itinerary for your specific tour or speak to our Reservations Team for more information.
Do I have to participate?
Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of likeminded adventurers, so we make them active and hands on. With the exception of our Safari in Style tour, passengers are expected to help prepare food, wash dishes and generally assist the guide as directed.
How fit do I have to be?
Our tours are active and require a reasonable level of fitness. Please refer to our fitness guide. If you enjoy hiking through gorges, swimming in waterfalls and directly experiencing the environment, then our tours are perfect for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our tours, please check with our Reservations Department before making a booking. We reserve the right to assess your ability to participate at check-in.
What do I eat?
Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, so please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. Some tours, such as Safari in Style, have a focus on 'bush tucker', giving you the chance to experience this uniquely Australian cuisine (refer to your itinerary for details). We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.
How much water do I need to drink?
Doctors advise that 2-3 litres (10-12 glasses) of water per day is essential when travelling in Australia. All our vehicles carry adequate water supplies. Weather conditions in summer can be very warm - hiking requires an intake of 1.5 litres of water per hour. Our guides are trained professionals and it is very important that their advice is adhered to.
What type of accommodation will I get?
Depending on the tour/s you've booked, you could use a range of accommodation styles from basic bush camping, dorm, hostel and shared backpacker facilities to farm stays, hotels, B&Bs and even sailboats. We also have our own campsites, with great facilities, which we use whenever possible. For specific information relating to your tour, visit our accommodation page.
What vehicles do you have?
Please see the vehicle symbol on your chosen tour page to determine what vehicle you are likely to be travelling in. Our vehicle types include a 21 and a 24 seater mini-bus, as well as 4WD trucks which seat between 16 and 27 passengers. Please note that vehicle types are an indication only and some tours may use a combination of vehicles types. Vehicle types are subject to change at any time, and tour partner vehicle types may vary from what is displayed. For specific information relating to your tour, visit the vehicle page.
What's the climate like?
Australia is a large country with weather conditions varying considerably from one region to another. Generally, you can expect high temperatures in the summer (Dec-Feb), often extending into autumn, with lower temperatures at night and during winter (Jun-Aug), particularly in southern Australia where conditions can change quickly. The top half of Australia, particularly the Northern Territory, is known for its 'wet' (Oct-Mar) and 'dry' (Apr-Sept) seasons. New Zealand has a sub-tropical to temperate climate but be prepared for lower temperatures during winter (Jun-Aug) and we recommend you bring a good wind and/or waterproof jacket, as well as warm clothing, year-round. Further weather information can be found at: www.bom.gov.au (AUS), www.metservice.co.nz (NZ).
Can I smoke and drink on the vehicle?
No. Australian government regulations prohibit smoking and the drinking of alcohol inside tourist vehicles in Australia (smoking and drinking should be limited to stops along the route).