5 Tips To Finding the Best Adventure Tour from Darwin
Darwin is the northernmost capital city in Australia, with a tropical climate that flips between dry season (between May-October) and wet season (the rest of the year).
An Australian gateway to southeast Asian locations such as Singapore and Bali, Darwin attracts tourists for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the tropical George Brown Botanical Gardens, interesting markets, military heritage, the Deckchair Cinema that screens open air films in dry season and outdoor pursuits including fishing. And don’t forget the crocs – if you want to see a crocodile (at a distance of course!), Darwin is the place to go.
One of the other main reasons tourists come to Darwin is its proximity to reaching some of Australia’s best destinations including the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
If you’re heading to this Top End city, here are our 5 Tips To Finding the Best Adventure Tour from Darwin:
1. Decide where you want to go
Australia is a big country so you need to pinpoint exactly where you want to go as cramming a travel itinerary full of day trips doesn’t allow you enough travel time or a great experience. Many of Australia’s most beautiful spots are best visited over a few days or more, including Kakadu National Park.
Choose whether you want to see the beauty of the Kakadu and/or Litchfield National Parks, head south to Alice Springs and then onto Ayers Rock, join an epic road trip from top to bottom (Darwin to Adelaide or Melbourne) or venture along Australia’s west coast via the Kimberley’s or Broome to Perth.
2. Decide the duration of your tour
It’s important to establish how much time you can allow for a tour. Factor in travel time domestically within Australia between destinations, travel delays due to climatic changes, and peak tourist seasons such as school holidays or national holiday dates.
Adventures Beyond are experts on the varying climates within Australia so we offer a range of tours year round that make the most of the seasonal attractions.
Our various tours from Darwin include 1-6-Day options that cover Kakadu, Litchfield and/or Alice Springs, a 9-Day tour that visits the stunning Kimberley’s and if you have 12+ days to enjoy Australia, we have tours that stretch across the heart or west coast of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide, Melbourne or Perth.
3. What’s your budget
Every backpacker, family traveller or senior adventurer has a travel budget. Consider the cost of your tour AND its inclusions against booking individual components for transport, accommodation, meals, sightseeing, park fees and the time you spend researching destination information and companies.
Adventures Beyond caters for all types of travellers who are looking for inclusive packages that take the hassle out of arranging everything yourself.
4. What does the tour include
No tour company is the same, so price should not be the only factor you consider. It’s vital that you look at the ‘inclusions’ of the tour you choose; what exactly does the cost cover (or not cover).
Adventures Beyond aim to include many of the touring expenses in our tours so you can relax and enjoy the experience! Typical standard benefits include:
• Small groups for a personalized tour (You won’t be sharing a tour bus with 40 other travellers)
• Expert driver/tour guide (Specific knowledge about the region, climate, cultural insights and attractions)
• Air-conditioned vehicles including 4WD’s (Saving you the hassle of searching for your own terrain-suitable vehicle for self-touring)
• Sightseeing (We visit all the top sights and maximize your time at each location)
• Camping equipment and camping fees (Saves you time organizing and transporting gear)
• Some meals included (Saves you time and money sourcing and preparing food and refreshments in often remote locations)
• Indigenous and National Park fees (No special permits to arrange yourself, we do it all for you)
• Reference books (Useful guide books for you to learn about the region)
5. What are other costs you need to consider
While we aim to cover most costs we deem necessary on the tour, there are a few things we don’t cover and we are fully transparent about these so you don’t get any surprises along the way.
Adhoc travel items: Torch, toiletries (including suncream and insect repellent), suitable clothing (hats, walking shoes, swimwear), sleeping bag, camera
Travel insurance: Ensure you have appropriate travel insurance before you arrive in Australia. Visitors from countries with which Australia has a reciprocal health-care agreement are eligible for benefits specified under the Medicare program. Agreements are currently in place with Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK – check the details before departing these countries. For further details, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/medicare/medicare-card/new-arrivals-and-visitors-to-australia. For other nationalities, research suitable travel insurance policies that cover you for cancellations, delays and pre-existing medical conditions.
Medications: If you bring your own medication with you to Australia, travel with a copy of your doctor’s prescription which is especially important at customs/immigration entry into Australia. Travel medicines (such as rehydration sachets, diarrhea prevention tablets, antihistamines for allergies) are widely available at pharmacies (drug stores) in main cities and towns in Australia, but always stock up prior to touring remote regions.
Book today for your Adventures Beyond tour leaving Darwin!