Making a Booking

While on the tour webpage, you can make a booking via the “Book Now” button next to your date of choice. Alternatively, please call our friendly consultants on 1800 688 222.

Please contact our office as soon as possible to advise if you are no longer able to proceed with your booking. The cancellation fee will be levied relative to the days’ notice; please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Deposits vary between tours.

2021 - The deposit for your 2021 tour is shown on the web page for your chosen tour.

2022
Everyday Fare Deposit - 25% of tour fare per person.
Everyday Past Passenger Fare Deposit – 15% of tour fare per person.
Fully Flexible Fare Deposit - 100% pf tour fare per person.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

Yes, a single supplement applies for solo passengers travelling on their own. You will then have the room to yourself. This single supplement only applies to accommodation on the tour and the cost is subsidised by Outback Spirit. As we offer small group tours of no more than 26 (depending on the tour) you are not guaranteed an empty seat beside you on the coach if the tour is fully booked.

You can advise that you are willing to share a room with a stranger. In this case, you will still pay the single supplement but one month prior to travel, you will be contacted if there is someone of the same gender who is also willing to share. If you both agree to share, each single supplement will be refunded. Due to privacy, we cannot disclose any information about the other guest. Please note, that you are unable to change back to a single room once this has been arranged.

We no longer offer travel insurance but it is highly recommended. Travel insurance is recommended for unexpected incidents that may occur once you commence the tour.

Our Fully Flexible Fare offers maximum flexibility when it comes to booking amendments and cancellations.

If a tour is fully booked, we can place you on a waiting list for cancellations. Unfortunately, waiting list places only become available if a current booking is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. This does happen, but cannot be expected. If a spot does become available, we will contact our waitlisted passengers; you are not obligated to book if you are no longer able to.

Yes, Outback Spirit can book additional accommodation at the same hotel you stay at on tour. Please see your brochure for rates, or call our office to enquire.

The Outback Spirit Explorer pack contains a selection of items required for your small group expedition. The Explorer Pack consists of:

  • A sturdy backpack
  • Insulated stainless steel water bottle
  • Wide brimmed sun hat
  • Microfibre swimming towel
  • Small tube of Australian made sunscreen
  • Anitbacterial wipes
  • Bushwalking first-aid kit
  • Playing cards
  • Mints
  • Hand sanitiser

The Outback Spirit touring season encompasses the best time of the year to travel. Peak season in Australia’s outback is during the winter months with the shoulder season in late autumn and spring. Cooler destinations such as Tasmania are ideal in spring and summer, East Coast Islands peak in spring as do the wildflowers of Western Australia.

For a unique Kimberley experience we recommend our Wet Season tour where you fly through the Kimberley region and get to witness the spectacular transformation that take place during the wet.

Before Your Tour

Full details can be found at www.outbackspirittours.com.au/luggage

Most Tours

One (1) medium sized soft bag or suitcase weighing no more than 16kg per person

The sum of the case’s length (L), width (W) and depth (D) is not to exceed 150cm

One (1) hand luggage/backpack to be stored in the overhead racks weighing no more than 3kg per person

Canning Stock Route, Simpson Desert Expedition,  Binns Track Adventure

One (1) medium sized soft bag or suitcase weighing no more than 14kg per person plus up to 3kg hand luggage.

Wet Season Spectacular & Christmas Wilderness Escape

One (1) medium sized soft bag or suitcase weighing no more than 12kg per person plus up to 3kg hand luggage.

Eyre Peninsula Whale and Seafood Discovery, Seven Spirit Bay Short Breaks, Easter at Seven Spirit Bay 

One (1) medium sized soft bag or suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person plus up to 3kg hand luggage.

Please ensure all items, including your hand luggage/backpack are clearly marked with your name or personal tag ie. coloured ribbon 

A list of luggage suggestions can be found at www.outbackspirittours.com.au/luggage

Airfares are not included in your tour fare; your tour will commence and conclude at the city listed on your itinerary. Once you have booked your flights, please advise our office so we can add them to your itinerary and tour documentation.

Airnorth fly into Gove (Nhulunbuy) from Darwin and Cairns. This flight can be booked through Qantas, to connect with flights from the capital cities. Please contact our office for more information.

Yes, this is possible as long as your flights coincide with your Outback Spirit tour. Please confirm with your travel consultant what time you are required to be available for tour departure and the time your tour concludes to ensure you make your flight deadlines. Guests often like to acclimatise before the tour, so arriving a day prior to the tour departure should be considered. It also helps ease your angst if the flight you have booked is delayed and the tour is departing on the same day.

Please advise your travel consultant of any pre and post tour accommodation that you have arranged as we can ensure you are picked up/dropped off at those locations. Your flight details for arriving and departing your tour are also valuable to know so we can arrange transfers are made in a timely manner. Outback Spirit are not able to pick up/drop off guests at private or AirBnB addresses, or Caravan Parks.

Yes, we visit some amazing places that children will love, however our tours are not geared to cater specifically for children. Most of our passengers are retirees, generally aged 55 and over. A parent or guardian must accompany children at all times whilst on tour. Children travel at adult fares.

Outback Spirit will look after any permits required to enter National Parks or Aboriginal land. You do not require a visa or international passport.

Every meal is included in your Outback Spirit tour fare. Special dietary and health requirements can be accommodated if we are advised at time of booking, or no less than 6 weeks prior to travel. Outback Spirit will advise all third parties such as hotels and cruise operators of these requirements and will endeavour to ensure they are met. However, we cannot guarantee that all special requirements will be met in all instances.

Departure details vary between tours. Your final tour documentation will include pick up and drop off details for your particular tour. You will be sent your final tour documentation 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

You will be sent your final tour documentation 2-3 weeks prior to departure. Included with your tour documentation will be Outback Spirit luggage tags and a regional touring map.

No, we do not offer car parking facilities whilst you are on tour.

On Tour

Our maximum group size ranges from 19 to 26 passengers; please see your chosen tour page for the group size.

Travel time on board the coach will vary depending on your itinerary. Australia is a big country, so there may be some full-day drives, but we endeavour to stop every 2-3 hours for rest breaks, tea/coffee/snacks and points of interest.

Each coach has restroom facilities, comfortable reclining seats with ample leg room, satellite communication system, television, road cam & media player, P.A. system, on-board refrigeration, drinking water, hot water urn and a comprehensive first aid kit.

All of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles have climate control/air-conditioning for the comfort of our guests.

No pets or animals are allowed on tour. Specially trained dogs for the vision and hearing impaired will be considered on a case by case basis upon application to our Operations Manager.

Our vessels and vehicles are all entirely smoke free in accordance with relevant state and territory government regulations. Passengers are not to smoke (including e-cigarettes) while on board.

Yes, however the only items that you will need to pay for are souvenirs and dinner drinks with your evening meal.

Yes, EFTPOS facilities are available at each property, and at most galleries and souvenir shops.

Some tours feature flying sections to transfer guests as well as scenic fixed wing and helicopter flights. The map for each tour shows the flying elements of the tour including scenic flights. Please note passenger weight restrictions apply on some flights.

Fresh, drinking water is available on each Outback Spirit coach and can be used to fill a water bottle. Whilst on a bushwalk it is the responsibility of each passenger to carry adequate drinking water. Bottles are supplied as part of the Explorer Pack which is included in each tour fare. If passengers elect not to receive the Explorer Pack, they must supply their own water bottle on tour.

Outback Spirit vehicles operate with a daily seat rotation system to ensure passengers enjoy different seating positions whilst on tour. Your friendly Tour Leader will explain this to you on Day One.

Drinks are not included in your tour package, but alcohol is available for purchase during from the bar at each property. Some Outback Spirit tours operate in areas where strict permit conditions apply and the carrying and consumption of alcohol is prohibited. In these locations, alcohol can be purchased at the licensed lodges and hotels at your own expense however it is prohibited to remove alcohol from these premises.

We can pick you up from the nearest airport or your hotel for the commencement of your tour. We can also drop you off at the conclusion of your tour at the nearest airport or hotel. Transfers are only available on the first and last day of tour.

Please advise your travel consultant of any pre/post tour accommodation that you have arranged so we can arrange pick up/drop off. Outback Spirit are not able to pick up/drop off guests at private or AirBnB addresses or Caravan Parks. Your transfer details will be included in your final tour documentation.

We ask that you advise us of any medical requirements that we should be aware of in advance, such as mobility issues, allergies, use of a sleep apnoea machine, etc. As part of your tour documentation, you will receive a health and fitness form to complete which must be given to you Tour Director on day one of your tour. This health information is confidential and will only be used if a medical emergency arises.

Many Outback Spirit tours travel through remote areas. Passengers accept that some itineraries include visits to and overnight stays in remote areas located some distance from hospitals, medical centres or other forms of professional medical facilities. This is particularly the case for Outback Spirit’s Desert Safaris which travel through extremely remote country for days on end.

Outback Spirit staff are first-aid trained and offer medical assistance when able. For more serious incidents the nearest medical facility will be contacted and access to that facility arranged as soon as possible.

Your treatment will depend on the circumstances and location. Our experienced crew members are first-aid trained, and our coaches are equipped with a full St John’s First Aid kit. If you require medical evacuation in a remote location, the Royal Flying Doctor Service operate on a donation service. Our dedicated Operations Team will be on-call 24-7 in case of emergency. We will ensure you get the best treatment, and get you back on tour or home safely as soon as possible.

Passengers are required to have a reasonable level of mobility to be able to board and alight the coach unaided. Due to space restrictions aboard our coaches, we are unable to accommodate passengers who require the use of wheelchairs or walkers. Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifters. Passengers requiring physical or mental assistance must be accompanied by a companion who is willing and capable of providing such assistance.

Passengers can bring a walking stick, however we recommended that it be telescopic/collapsible for ease of storage.

Please advise us in advance if you require a sleep apnoea machine, so we can request the most appropriate room for you. Your machine can be brought as additional luggage.

(Please note: Pungalina Station power is turned off overnight so you must bring a battery pack. Desert Safaris also require you bring your own battery pack)

There are mains (240 volt) power points at every accommodation stop during your tour. Some coaches are equipped with onboard USB charging facilities. Please bring your charger and cables required to charge your electronic devices and batteries. A portable ‘power bank’ is also recommended for charging your devices. (Please note: Pungalina Station power is turned off overnight)

On our remote desert safaris mains power is not available. A generator/inverter will run for a limited time in the evening with a power board for you to charge your devices. You can also charge electronic devices and batteries during the day in our safari vehicles. Please bring your charger and cables required to charge your electronic devices and batteries. A portable ‘power bank’ is also recommended for charging your devices.

This varies from tour to tour. As a rule, many remote areas of the Kimberley, Arnhem Land and Cape York will have no, or limited, reception and access to communication networks. Even at accommodation along these tours the reception is intermittent. Our touring vehicles are fitted with satellite communications systems to ensure we have contact at all times, however this service is not available to guests.

Your Accommodation List, included as part of your final tour documentation, shows the internet/wifi access available at your tour accommodation.

Tea and coffee facilities are available when we stop for morning/afternoon tea during the days travel. Some accommodation stops have tea and coffee facilities in your room/safari suite while others make tea and coffee facilities available to guests in the restaurant/dining room. Drinking water is also readily available during your tour day.

Yes, there are bathroom facilities on every Outback Spirit coach. Some of the marine cruises we do as part of our tours also have simple restroom facilities on board. Desert Safari tours are accompanied by purpose-built restroom and shower facilities.

Most of our tour itineraries contain guided sightseeing walks to natural attractions. As such, passengers are required to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to participate. Walks on tours vary in length – typical tour walks include:

  • Steps up to a lookout or vantage point
  • Shorter walks range from 100m – 400m
  • Longer walks and hikes range from 2 - 5km

Walks can be over uneven, natural terrain and some may be over slippery rocks. Walks are undertaken during the day and can be exposed to full sun.

If passengers feel they are unable to participate in the walk on the day, alternative arrangements will be made with adequate provision for passenger comfort and safety.

The communities we visit appreciate your contribution but ask you not to bring gifts or donations on tour. If you would like to make a donation to a local cause, please contact our office and we will provide further information.

Feedback can be addressed to feeback@outbackspirit.net.au

Accommodation

Yes, your room will have an ensuite.

Some accommodation stays on tour have a hairdryer available. Where a hairdryer is able to be used, one will be provided. However, please note that many properties are on limited power supply and do not allow the use of a hairdryer.

Some accommodation stays on tour have an iron and ironing board available. Where an iron is able to be used, one will be provided. However, please note that many properties are on limited power supply and do not allow the use of irons.

If you are travelling as a couple, we will ask if you prefer a double room (one bed) or twin (two beds). Please note this will be allocated by the property, and is not guaranteed. The room configurations vary depending on the property; a “double” room can be a double, queen or king bed. Single rooms will also vary in bed size.

This varies from tour to tour. Not all accommodation stops have laundry facilities. Typically you are able to access laundry facilities at a majority of accommodation stops during your tour. Laundry facilities range from coin machines to full service, depending on the property.

Where laundry facilities are available, laundry detergent is supplied. Your Accommodation List, included as part of your final tour documentation, shows where laundry facilities are available at your tour accommodation.

Desert Safari/Camping Tours

You will be responsible for putting up and taking down your own tent and sleeping equipment. Your crew will demonstrate the setting up of the tent on the first night of camping. It is expected that passengers are able to assemble and disassemble their own tents.

We provide your tent, stretcher bed, self-inflating mattress, and a new sleeping bag for you to keep. The sleeping bag is rated to -5°C, flannelette lined with hollow fibre filling. The stretcher bed sits 40cm off ground and is 2m long. Head torches are supplied. You will need to bring a pillow, and an inner sheet if you require one.

Washing facilities are available most days for hand washing. Laundry detergent, washing lines and pegs can be supplied.

Free water, tea, coffee, cordial. A small selection of beer and wine is available to purchase for $3-5 each; proceeds go to restoration of Well 18. Your tab can be settled at the end of the tour with EFTPOS.

For breakfast a variety of cereals are available each day, with a cooked breakfast some days. Lunch consists of freshly made sandwiches and wraps. Dinner is a hearty hot meal cooked in our camp kitchen or roasted over the coals in a camp oven.

Our G-Wagons are fitted with forward facing coach seats and have considerably more headroom and legroom compared to standard 4WD vehicles. Each seat has its own arm rest and seat belt. A seat rotation policy is implemented to ensure passengers enjoy different seating positions whilst on tour. Vehicles are air conditioned and there is an air vent over each seat.

There are several steps in climb to access the toilet and shower pods on the back of the safari vehicle. For a shower, guests push a button to run 3 litres of water which allows time to lather shampoo and shower gel. Push the button again for a final 3 litres to rinse! Toilets are available at each stop and are frequently cleaned.

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