Wild Expeditions Australia
Frequently Asked Questions

Wild Expeditions Australia
Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together responses to a few of our most Frequently Asked Questions however if you can’t find your answer below, please feel free to Contact Us

What are the Tour Styles and how are they different?

When choosing the right your for you, it is important that you understand the differences between our five Tour Styles:

If you have a week’s accommodation booked, our range of Broome Day Tours provide the opportunity to experience Broome and the West Kimberley, while returning to the sanctuary of your hotel in the evening. Be warned… Day Tours will leave you wanting more!

Our traditional specialised Kimberley Expeditions are perfect for those seeking to experience the real Kimberley in depth – either with comfortable Camping or making the most of basic upgrades where available on the Camping Plus option. The Kimberley is a true wilderness so a keen sense of adventure is vital! Our experienced, informative guides share their secrets and insight into the region’s history, culture, flora and fauna.

The new West Coast Expeditions were created to cater for those wanting to explore the remote west coast of Australia and inland Pilbara region. Travellers on these trips are comfortable with the travel distances required to traverse Western Australia, and fit and able to participate in the adventure, yet they appreciate the basic creature comfort of a private room or tent along the way.

Kakadu Expeditions offer comfort, choice and affordability with a range of 3 to 5 day tours throughout Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine. As we operate our own Private Safari Camps we are able offer accommodation choices with excellent value for money. Our frequent departures ensure there will be a tour to suit your plans while the key itineraries are Guaranteed to Depart.

Our Adventure Tours offer maximum flexibility! If you are travelling on a budget then these overland itineraries offer the best value in the region. You can ‘choose your own adventure’- travel on a shoestring and enjoy the natural environment at grass roots, or spend money locally on experiences such as diving with whale sharks or scenic flights. Note that while these tours are open age, due to their budget, adventurous nature they tend to appeal to backpackers.

Where do you pick up from?

Kimberley Wild offers a complimentary pick up from most hotels and B&Bs in your departure location. While we generally do not pick up from private residences, we may be able to arrange an alternative pick up at key locations en route, such as rental car depots or service stations.

Where can I store luggage whilst on tour?

If you are travelling on an itinerary that departs from and returns to the same location, extra luggage can usually be stored at your hotel. If you are travelling overland, it is essential that you bear our luggage restrictions – max 15kg in a small soft bag* – in mind when packing. Any excess luggage should be sent home or forwarded to your next destination via Australia Post, Infinity Coachlines, Greyhound or courier. *Note that some trips in the Top End have a max 10kg limit.

What are the luggage limitations?

We ask that luggage is kept to a manageable amount in a small soft bag – 15kg max. You can bring along a day pack that you can use as well for additional luggage. On some tours that visit Kakadu National Park (Codes PNTK3 and PNTK5 in particular), this luggage limit is a stricter 10kg max due to weight restrictions on roads.

What camping gear is provided?

Kimberley Expeditions: For those nights when you are staying in National Parks and not one of our own Private Wilderness Camps, we provide tents, swags (including 2 – 3 inch mattresses), bottom sheets, pillows and pillow cases. All campsites have shared ablution facilities. Even if you are booked on Camping Plus upgrade option, there may be some nights where you are camping so please ensure you read the Trip Notes on your chosen itinerary.

Kakadu Expeditions: On these trips we enjoy the comfort of our own Private Wilderness Camps. The facilities vary at each camp. Some camps are safari-style with powered tents and spring bed mattresses while others are a more basic explorer style. Please read the Trip Notes of your chosen itinerary for exact details relevant to that tour. Our Private Wilderness Camps have bush kitchens, sheltered dining areas and shared ablution facilities.

Overland Adventure Tours: On West Coast itineraries the camping nights are in our own Private Wilderness Camps where twin share Tourer-style tents on platforms with stretcher beds are provided. On Kimberley itineraries we get back to basics with traditional outback swags and tents (optional) – sleeping under the stars is awesome! Most overnight campsites will have access to shared ablution facilities though these can sometimes be very basic. Pillows are not provided on Overland Adventure Tours.

On all tours you can either bring your own sleeping bag or buy one from us at $35 per person. If you choose to buy one, you are welcome to take it home following your trip or alternatively, donate it to local communities. These are limited and subject to availability – enquire with our office for more details. 

Are there shower / toilet facilities every night?

Kimberley Expeditions: Overnight campsites are well equipped with ablutions facilities – with flushing toilets and hot showers – including our private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp in Purnululu National Park, exclusive to Kimberley Expeditions.

Kakadu Expeditions: All Private Wilderness Camps are well equipped with ablutions facilities.

Overland Adventure Tours: On most itineraries there is shared ablution facilities nearby every night. On tours through the remote Kimberley region, there may be the occasional night with very limited ablution facilities only.

Do I need to bring my own water?

You will need to provide a large bottle for water – we recommend 1.5 litre. We carry water coolers on all tours, while water tanks are sometimes built in to the vehicles to refill your bottle during the trip.

Can we buy supplies along the way?

Depending which tour you are travelling on, there are a few stops where you can purchase snacks and basic necessities along the way. We do however recommend you stocking up on anything specific you will require prior to commencing tour as the range is limited.

How can I charge my camera during the tour?

Some trucks have an inverter which can handle four batteries at a time. This will need to be shared amongst the group. We recommend you have your camera fully charged prior to departing. Most overnight camp sites also have access to power for recharging batteries. Your guide will advise en route to ensure you are prepared!

Do I get mobile reception during the tour?

Mobile reception is extremely limited throughout the outback Australia. Should a family member need to reach you in case of an emergency, please leave our office number with them – 08 9193 7778. This is attended 24 hours a day (though for emergencies only out of hours).

Do I need a good level of fitness?

Most tours are wilderness camping adventures. There is a reasonable level of activity – hikes over rocky terrain and swimming in waterfalls – so you must be reasonably fit and sure-footed in order to participate fully in the itinerary. Refer to the Fitness Level guide for each tour for more detail.

Can I opt out of any activities if I want to?

Most activities can easily be skipped if you would prefer not to participate – usually you are able to relax under a tree near the vehicle until the group returns.

Can I bring alcohol along?

You are welcome to bring a small, personal supply of alcohol along on our short breaks and extended adventures. We do ask that you avoid glass where possible – even for wine! Note that you cannot purchase cask wine anywhere in the Kimberley so plan ahead and buy it before you travel to Broome. Otherwise cans of beer and/or spirits are fine. Each day, your guide will assist with getting some cold for the evening. You can purchase takeaway alcohol in some remote locations though of course it will be an expensive option.

What walking shoes are appropriate?

We recommend you bring footwear that is going to be comfortable for walking over rough terrain and rocky ground – proper trek boots ideally. On tours that visit Tunnel Creek in the Kimberley, it is necessary to bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet for walking through water – fitted sandals or old runners are ideal. Thongs are not recommended.

How far is the longest walk?

Depending on what tour you are on, the longest walk is 5-6 km return, over rocky, undulating terrain. Some gorge descents can be steep and rocky, though they are generally short.

What size vehicle do we travel in?

Kimberley Expeditions: These tours are operated in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and, for your comfort are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. Note that some Broome Day Tours may operate in larger 27-seat 4WD trucks.

Kakadu Expeditions: Vehicles used on these trips vary and could be either in one of our custom-built 21-24 seat 4WD trucks or our smaller group 16 seat 4WD trucks.

Overland Adventure Tours: Travellers on these adventures kick back in the comfort of our big custom-built, 21 seat trucks. They have air-conditioning, standing room and PA systems for music.

How long do we spend in the truck?

On all tours, we aim to ensure there is a break from driving and toilet stop at least every two hours. It is important to understand that Australia is a BIG country and long distances are inevitable. Our itineraries are designed to minimise the long stretches of driving and provide regular opportunities to stretch your legs and enjoy the environment!

Are the trips participatory?

On those nights where we are not staying in one of our fantastic private Wilderness Camps, is important that travellers participate in setting up camp, though the Tour Guide and (where applicable on selected Kimberley Expeditions) the Tour Assistant, will also be on hand to help – it is a team effort! On some days, the Tour Guide may appreciate the assistance or one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals. It is essential that all our groups leave the camps they stay in as they found them for the next travellers – the regions of outback Australia we explore feature pristine wilderness and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays this way.

What happens if my tour doesn’t meet minimum numbers?

Most tours are Guaranteed to Depart with a minimum of 2 travellers only. Those itineraries that carry a ‘Minimum 6’ traveller requirement, are identified in The Facts section on each tour. Tour cancellation by Kimberley Wild due to not meeting minimum numbers is very rare. However in the event that this does occur, an alternative tour or full refund will be offered.

What happens if my tour is cancelled due to weather and road conditions?

We reserve the right to cancel or postpone any tour due to unforeseen circumstances, such as road conditions, flooding, mechanical defect, cultural considerations or other reason. In the event of tour cancellation, an alternative tour or full refund for that tour will be offered.

Can I bring a child on tour?

Kimberley Expeditions: Kimberley Expeditions are great for families however we generally advise against younger children (under 6 years) joining our longer itineraries as the travel days can be long, the distances travelled extended and the walks difficult for little legs. Child Rates apply for 4-12 year olds.

Kakadu Expeditions: Our Kakadu Expeditions are also a great option for families, however we advise against younger children (under 6 years) joining itineraries that visit Twin and/or Jim Jim Falls as the walks involved can be challenging. A Child Rate can be applied for 4-12 year olds.

Overland Adventure Tours: These tours are not recommended for families as they are primarily designed for backpackers. In the Kimberley, there is a minimum age of 12 years, while our West Coast trips are more restricted with a minimum age of 18 years to travel.

Feel free to discuss further with our office if you have any questions relating to a particular tour.

Do I need to reconfirm my booking?

It is important that you contact our office on 1300 73 88 70 the day prior to departure to reconfirm your tour and pick up time. In the event that we need to reach you we do need you to advise us of both a mobile phone number (if available) and your hotel. Good communication is key to a smooth departure!