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Outback Spirit Tours - Journey Beyond

Committed to Conservation
As an eco-certified company, Outback Spirit regularly reviews its potential impact on natural, cultural and historical environments. We strive to be ecologically sustainable and limit our impact on the environment through good practice, innovation and financial support for Australia’s pre-eminent wildlife conservation group, AWC (Australian Wildlife Conservancy).

Supporting Aboriginal Communities
Outback Spirit supports remote Indigenous communities in certain locations across the Kimberley & Arnhem land by way of employment opportunities, community sponsorships and support for Indigenous owned businesses. For example, Outback Spirit sponsors over a dozen football teams in Ramingining and Maningrida, both directly and through local schools.

The company also creates jobs for local interpretive guides, which gives Outback Spirit passengers an authentic insight into the environment and local culture. It also helps to preserve Indigenous culture. Past initiatives have included the provision of teachers and tutors in small communities where no school facilities exist.

Award Winning Tour Operator
Choosing Outback Spirit means choosing an award-winning tour operator. We’re proud to have been acknowledged for consistently delivering professional and authentic adventures to remote destinations of Australia.

Description

Australia's leading experiential tourism group Outback Spirit is part of Journey Beyond, a national business focused on bringing Australia’s most unique and iconic experiences to life. Outback Spirit was founded in 1999 and has been showcasing great Australian destinations to travellers to this day.

Terms & Conditions for travel in 2024 These Terms and Conditions were last updated on 19 July 2023. By confirming a booking of a journey, you and all Passengers travelling under the booking are bound by this agreement, which is comprised of: (1) these standard terms and conditions, and (2) the Booking Confirmation. 1. BOOKING CONFIRMED BOOKING Your booking of a journey is confirmed when: (1) you have made the booking, complete with all information we require; (2) you have paid us the Deposit (or other amounts owing at the time of booking), according to the terms of this agreement; and (3) we have sent you a Booking Confirmation. INCLUSIONS All goods and services that are included in your journey are as listed in the brochure and the website as at the date of booking. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Passengers must notify us of any special requirements (for example diet) at the time the booking is made. We will advise all third parties such as hotels and attractions 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. 2. PAYMENT FARE The Fare for your journey is the amount stated in your Booking Confirmation. Fares are per person twin share. Single supplements are applicable for single travellers requesting single accommodation. Forced singles are also required to pay the single supplement (land adventures). There is one fare type: - Everyday fare - for standard booking conditions All fares include Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) and are quoted in Australian Dollars ($AUD). DEPOSITS To confirm a tour booking, payment must be made at the time of making the reservation. A Deposit or full Fare is payable at the time of booking by direct deposit or credit card. For Everyday fares the booking deposit will be 25% of the tour fare per person For Everyday Past Passenger fares the booking deposit will be 15% of the tour fare per person. Special Deposit offer is valid for new bookings made from 20/7/2023 until 30/9/2023 (subject to change). The booking deposit will be $500 per person (per tour). The balance of the deposit (difference between Deposit offer and Everyday or Everyday Past Passenger deposit) must be received no later than 6 months prior to travel. PAYMENT For Everyday Fares where applicable, the Balance (the difference between the Deposit and the Fare) must be received no later than 100 days prior to the date of travel. For bookings made within 100 days of the date of travel, the Balance will be required within 7 days, and in all cases before the date of travel. For Special Deposit bookings, the balance (difference between deposit and the fare) must be received at least 100 days prior to travel. CREDIT CARDS We accept Visa and Mastercard. Charges of 1% apply. 3. LUGGAGE LIMITS Each passenger is entitled to take one medium size suitcase or soft bag weighing no more than 16 kg. The sum of each case’s width, length and depth is not to exceed 140cm. Passengers may also take on board the touring vehicle one hand-luggage item to be stored in the overhead luggage racks. Weight of hand luggage is not to exceed 3 kg per person. Exceptions Due to operational considerations, some of our adventures and shorts breaks have different luggage restrictions. Desert Safaris: Weight of suitcase/soft bag not to exceed 14kgs Wet Season Spectacular: Weight of suitcase/soft bag not to exceed 12kgs Seven Spirit Bay Short Breaks & Eyre Peninsula Whale & Seafood Adventures: Weight of suitcase/soft bag not to exceed 15kgs Please note that luggage limits are enforced on every tour. Passengers will be asked to leave their excess baggage behind in the event that the weight of the luggage exceeds our limits. The luggage is entirely at the passenger’s risk during the tour. 4. TRAVEL INSURANCE Outback Spirit strongly recommends passengers take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you do this at the time of booking. 5. ON BOARD WITH US NO SMOKING POLICY 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. SEAT ALLOCATIONS Seat allocations on board Outback Spirit vehicles operate with a daily seat rotation system to ensure passengers enjoy different seating positions whilst on tour. HEALTH  Fitness 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. Some walking tracks have sections of uneven, rocky ground and may be slippery. The walks on our tours vary in length, so please read your chosen itinerary for further information or contact one of our friendly travel consultants who will be able to describe the walk to you. 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.  Hydration Whilst on a bushwalk it is the responsibility of each passenger to carry adequate drinking water. All Outback Spirit touring vehicles feature a water refilling point.  Mobility Passengers are required to have a reasonable level of mobility to be able to board and alight the touring vehicle unaided. Due to space restrictions aboard our touring vehicles, 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. ENJOYMENT Outback Spirit will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour. However, no liability will be accepted for any loss of enjoyment experienced by passengers due to circumstances which are out of our control. SAFETY Passengers accept that tours include participation in Recreational Services and Recreational Activities which may involve certain risks and dangers beyond the control of Outback Spirit. Such activities containing risks include but are not limited to; bush walking, swimming, and travelling in remote undeveloped locations. The passenger acknowledges that all Recreational Services and Recreational Activities in connection with the journey are undertaken of the passenger’s own free will and at the passenger’s own risk. Passengers will not be permitted to continue on tours when in the opinion of the Outback Spirit Tour Leader, the passenger’s conduct or condition is placing their own or the safety of other passengers at risk, or is adversely affecting the enjoyment of other passengers; for whatever cause. TRAVELLING TO 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. 6. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS GUEST AMENDMENTS (STANDARD): Subject to availability, you may amend your booking. If an alternate date is unavailable or unsuitable and you cannot travel on the original date your booking will be subject to our standard cancellation terms detailed below. Amendments for Everyday and Everyday Past Passenger bookings are permitted up to 45 days prior to departure. Amendment fees from any third parties who are supplying components of the booking (for example hotels or attractions) may apply. For all bookings (Everyday and Everyday Past Passenger): Transferring to a new calendar year will attract the applicable tour fare for that season Amendment fees from any third parties who are supplying components of the booking (for example hotels or attractions) may apply Guests will be subject to any fare differences which may apply when amending travel date GUEST CANCELLATIONS If you cancel your booking with us, you must notify us in writing or by email to info@outbackspirit.net.au and pay a cancellation fee in the amount set out below. Everyday Cancellation Rules TIMING OF GUEST CANCELLATIONCANCELLATION FEE More than 45 days prior to departure25% of total fare Less than 45 days prior to departure100% of total fare Everyday Past Passenger Cancellation Rules TIMING OF GUEST CANCELLATIONCANCELLATION FEE More than 100 days prior to departure15% of total fare Between 46 - 100 days prior to departure25% of total fare Less than 45 days prior to departure100% of total fare OUR AMENDMENTS Passengers accept that we may need to alter or amend itineraries, excursions, accommodation, or sightseeing arrangements from those published, with little or no notice. This may be due to road conditions, weather, cultural considerations, safety factors and other operational considerations or government regulations or directions. Such decisions will be made in the best interests of the passenger’s comfort and safety, or where required by law. In these circumstances Outback Spirit will endeavour to make suitable alternative arrangements which may include the use of light aircraft. OUR CANCELLATIONS If an event occurs that is outside of our control and not reasonably foreseeable or preventable by our business and this event leads to the suspension or cancellation of your tour booking, we will provide you with a credit voucher equal to the value of the monies paid for that booking. This voucher will be valid for a period of 24 months from your original tour departure date and can be used for any Outback Spirit tour. Amendment fees from any third parties who are supplying components of the booking (for example hotels or attractions) may apply. 7. OUR OPERATIONS RESPONSIBILITY & LIABILITY Outback Spirit accepts no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss, damage, change of itinerary or inconvenience caused either directly or indirectly as a result of events which are outside of our control, including but not limited to: fires, floods, acts of God, unusually severe weather, riot, war, invasion, medical outbreak or contamination of any kind, material change in legislation or government directions, industrial action or commercial flight disruptions. Passengers are advised that the service provided by Outback Spirit is for the booking and packaging of goods and services provided by other operators such as hotels, motels, attractions, cruise lines, airlines, and other transportation companies. Outback Spirit will not be liable for any loss, damage, omission, or act of negligence or otherwise committed by these operators, their assignees or agents. Outback Spirit is unable to guarantee exact arrival or departure times and is not liable for any failure to make connections with any other service or guarantee the operation of any particular service. DISPUTE RESOLUTION Should any dispute arise between Outback Spirit and a Passenger, the parties agree that formal proceedings in a Court or Tribunal will not commence until after the following process has been followed: A party provides written notice specifying the nature of the dispute (“the notice”). The parties will in good faith attempt to resolve the dispute. If the dispute is not resolved within 7 days of receipt of the notice, the parties agree to refer the dispute to mediation administered by the Australian Disputes Centre and conducted in accordance with the ADC Guidelines for Commercial Mediation. If there is no resolution to the dispute at the expiration of 30 days from the receipt of the notice, formal proceedings may be commenced. GOVERNING LAW The laws applicable in New South Wales govern these Terms and Conditions and the parties submit to the jurisdiction of the Courts and/or Tribunals of New South Wales to determine any disputes. PRIVACY Outback Spirit respects your privacy and will only use your personal information in accordance with our Privacy Policy and in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. You can obtain full details of how we collect, hold, use manage and disclose your personal information from our Privacy Policy, a copy of which may be obtained free of charge by ringing us on 1800 688 222 or by visiting our website at www.outbackspirittours.com.au/privacy. DISCLAIMER While all the information in this brochure is correct at time of publication, some details may change including, but not limited to tour pricing and tour itineraries. Outback Spirit reserves the right to modify any of these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice. If we make changes to these Terms and Conditions, we will post the amended Terms and Conditions on our website (www.outbackspirittours.com.au), and the amendments will be effective upon posting. The applicable Terms and Conditions that form a contract between you and Outback Spirit are those Terms and Conditions in effect at the time you make a booking with us. Please check relevant details including tour pricing, tour itineraries and the applicable Terms and Conditions at the time of booking or call Outback Spirit Tours on 1800 688 222. Some photos are representative only and may not reflect the exact experience or destination. The majority of the images in this brochure have been taken for Outback Spirit by a private photographer. These images are copyright to Outback Spirit Tours and Steve Strike. However, some images are sourced from third parties and as such are copyright of, and used with the permission of Tourism Tasmania, Tourism Western Australia, Northern Territory Tourism, Tourism Queensland, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Destination NSW, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Faraway Bay, Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, Heron Island, Davidson's Arnhem Land Safaris, David Bettini, Cathy Finch and Benjamin Broady. DEFINITIONS Booking Confirmation means the notification from us to you containing the details of your booking. Deposit means the amount indicated as such for your journey in the brochure attached to these Terms and Conditions. Recreational Services and Recreational Activities shall mean services or activities referred to in Section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and Part1A of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) and other equivalent legislation and is defined for the purposes of the risk warnings given in this agreement under those acts. We/us means Outback Spirit Tours Pty Ltd ACN 006 972 130. You means the person or entity that made the booking and is named in the Booking Confirmation.