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Discover the Top End of Australia - Scenic
routes and major tourist destinations from Darwin to Kakadu and
beyond in Northern Territory, Australia
Top End of Australia - A top 5 Australian tourist destination
| A must see when holiday in Australia
National Park | Litchfield
National Park | Nitmiluk
National Park | Arnhem
Glossary of Australian travel terms and
Specials: This is generally speaking a package or tour with
a set time to pay and to travel by that has been discounted.
Transfers: Usually this means the mode of transport from your
hotel to the tour starting point or finishing or airport. Not
generally used in our tours. Except might be used when you fly
into Seven Spirit Bay or Bathurst Island tours.
Force Majeure: From the French, literally a stronger force.
In the context of a tour operator's responsibility clause, referring
to something beyond one's control, as in an act of God. Reference
'Group Travel' Author Martha Sarbey de Souto.
Independent Australia Vacations: On our classes in our sites
the following applies - When you as a single adult or couple or
family travelling and the tour is sectionalized to a area say
as Darwin to Alice Springs 5 day's including Uluru. Let's say your
trip, your holiday, your vacation is 30 day's then this tour is
just one independent tour within that 30 day's. Other classes
of a vacation may include the flights say from USA to Australia
return with built-in 5 individual touring components and transfers
and all accommodation catering for every day of the 30 day's vacation
What is a escorted Australia tour in Australia? An escorted
Australia tour usually appoints and has a tour director on board
and at your accommodations (unlike a an independent vacation).
Though some vacation packages include the services of a local
host such as home stay or national park guide or local icon destination
authority in select cities and destinations.
A tour director has many tasks and roles though can also offer
advice on travel of that tour, can recommend restaurants, suggest
optional sightseeing activities and help with your schedule for
any external excursions.
The Selfdrive Glossary We Use:
4WD Hire: Generally a large current model standard Toyota Land
Cruiser Station Wagon or similar Nissan. An example of a operators
4WD clause would be as follows: Four Wheel Drive Vehicles can
also be driven on recognized gazetted unsealed tracks but may
only travel to the following remote areas with the express written
permission of Apollo: Any Islands, Tasmania, Simpson Desert, Gunbarrel
Highway, Cape York (North of Daintree River), Oodnadatta Track,
Birdsville Track, Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Kalumburu Road,
Warburton Road, Strzelecki Track, Cape Leveque, Bungle Bungles
and any other remote area. No Vehicle is permitted on the last
2 kilometres of the Lennard River Gorge Road, the Canning Stock-route,
The Lost City in Litchfield Park and the Telegraph Road section
of the road to Cape York.
4WD Camper: A 4WD campervan is a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle with
a rear cabin for sleeping and sometimes a dining and meals preparation
area. There is also a storage area for personal belongings, stoves
Camper: A 2WD campervan is a 2 Wheel Drive vehicle with a rear
cabin for sleeping and sometimes a dining and meals preparation
area. There is also a storage area for personal belongings, stoves
Campervan: A campervan is a self-propelled vehicle that provides
both transport and sleeping accommodation. The term mainly describes
vans that have been fitted out for use as accommodation. They
are considered as an alternative to the purpose-built recreational
vehicle or motorhome because they are smaller and handle like
most vans. Reference- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campervan
Motorhome: Generally a luxurious long body vehicle with over
a 2 Metre height factor and is a Two Wheel Drive Vehicle that
can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well maintained
access roads less than 5 kilometres long to recognised campgrounds.
Motorhomes accommodated from 1-6 people with generous room to
move around and has mains 240V air conditioners but the amp is
15amps not to be plugged into a normal wall socket more for tourist
parks and proper campgrounds which are fitted with 3 phase in
Australia, also compact toilet and shower.
RV: Recreational vehicle is a vehicle used for the personal
pleasure of selfdrive travel- we tend to use this in the same
reference as the motorhome.
Hire + Rentals: Both words actually mean different things
in the dictionary though in the selfdrive industry we generally
recognise them as the same meaning. That is to engage in a rental
contract in hiring a vehicle the hirer will drive themselves
from agreed start and finish location with agreement in writing
to the suppliers Terms and Conditions.
Selfdrive: A vehicle 2WD or 4WD that the driver is the traveller.
People's Choice Questions - Tour versus Safaris
What is the difference between a tour and a safari?
In Australia especially in Northern Territory the two words
'tour and 'safari' can often be used together. Traditionally a
safari is a African Swahili word safari indicating "long journey",
previously used when hunting. A guided safari now days as in
Australia is for travelling vast distances to observe, photograph
and experience close up and in person animals, all other wildlife,
natural habitats, national parks, pristine nature spots such as
waterfalls and flora and fauna unique to that area.
What is an Australia guided tour?
Whereas an Australian guided 'tour' (being a noun) is traditionally
a journey for pleasure in which several different places are visited
such as the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and then onto the Great
Barrier Reef near Cairns in Queensland. If the trip is from Sydney
to Darwin and include Ayers Rock Uluru and Kakadu then it may
be called a safari tour. A tour can include a spectrum of sites,
places, travel styles and activities.
What is an Australia adventure safari?
An adventure safari tour is one generally for fit and adventurous
persons usually over 8 years old and under 65 though we have helped
many folks in their 70's and even 80's or with young families
under 8 years old on selected tours and private customized charters
who have been very fit and adventurous persons.
Can singles, couples, families or groups join Australia adventure
Some people like to travel only with same age adventure travels
so tours are especially designed for certain age groups such as
over 40's adventure tours or 18-35's adventure tours. All these
adventure tours found here are for singles, couples, friends or
small groups of friends and we call this DYI adventure tours.
People's Choice Questions - What do I ask for when I email you
for advice or a quote
Email us for a free quote: Try our free secure quote form:
To offer a quote we need the following:
Ref: Tour code i.e. NTK2 - if you know it.
Full Name of main enquirer i.e. Jill Chang
Start Tour Dates i.e. 21 June 2013
No. of People i.e. 3 pax: Age 8+32+86
Contact Tel Number Aust or O/S i.e. Aust 08 7999 7511
Any flexibility in your travel dates i.e. 3 day's start of tour
Ages of children under 18 i.e. 12
Fitness: if you say 1 boot = soft adventure overnight Uluru
for example and day tours 2 boots = 2-6 klm in walks of say
1-2-3 klm per walk and say 2-3 walks per day and climbing over
uneven which is sometimes slippery terrain to get to a scenic
spot such as a waterfall in Kakadu. 3 Boots = 9+ klm in walks
of say 2-4 klm per walk and say 2-3 walks per day and climbing
over uneven which is sometimes slippery terrain to get to a scenic
spot such as a waterfall in the Kimberley.
Other Information i.e. Please any special health or food you have.
Also any must do bucket list spots to see.
General classifications we tend to use that sometimes overlap
due to the large number of suppliers we have listed.
Backpacker Tours: Generally indicates a small group tour using
basic camping, bush camping, semi or permanent camping or multi share
dorm accommodation. Vehicles used are usually either troop Carriers
or 21-24 Seat Mini-Coach in 2wd drive vehicles. These tours have
a loosely based itinerary which will vary from guide to guide
and access to the attractions may be seasonal. Generally speaking
people 18-35 on a tight budget prefer these types of tours.
'Safari in Style': Safari accommodation (large permanent twin
share tents) with proper beds, pillow, linen, towels, fans and
lighting. Campsites have permanent cooking facilities, screened
eating areas, share showers & toilets.
Luxury Campsite/Deluxe Campsite: Generally purpose-built "Safari
Tents". They are locally designed for our tropical climate. The
walls are of canvas and the windows of insect screen. The floors
are wood and are raised above the ground. They have been specifically
designed to keep cool and comfortable. A tent has two standard
size single beds, each with a traditional Australian bushman's
swag and high density mattress, linen, blankets and pillow.
Australian Safaris: See above main category.
Safari and meaning of the word in a traditional sense: A safari
(from Swahili word meaning a long journey or trip) is an overland
journey. now days, it's often used to describe tours through
national parks to watch Wildlife (fauna),flora and geological
formations.. Reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_(travel)
Australian Overnight Tours: A tour starting early morning or
midday on day one and finishing midday or early evening day two.
Australian Extended Tours: We class this as a tour over 10
day's generally combining more than one tour and often one way
such as Darwin to Alice Springs and include highlights such as
Uluru and Kakadu.
Australian Returning Tour: This is a tour that say may start
from Darwin and returns to Darwin when it has finished.
Australian one way Tour: This is a tour that say may start from
Melbourne and finishes at a different city such as Darwin.
Australian Cultural Tours: This is a tour that experiences
true Aboriginal Culture sometimes in the Aboriginal Communities
such as Tiwi Islands off Darwin or other times at natural wonder
such as Uluru at Anangu Waai Tours at Uluru.
Australian Moderate or Soft Adventure Activities: 4WD Adventures, Bush Walking - See above main category.
Australian Adrenalin Adventure Activities: Examples we class
-4WDing, ATV Quad Bike, Ballooning, Trekking, Extended Camel Riding,
Camping, Horse Riding, Jetski, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling,
Skydiving, White Water Rafting.
Australian Sightseeing: One day coach trips to say The Blue
Mountains, The Great ocean Road, National Parks, or Scenic Flights,
one day diving, one day sailing, one day cruises.
Australian Event Touring: Tours to a specific event such as
the Tamworth Music Festival, Mt Isa Rodeo or Birdsville Races.
Tours Glossary We Use: Sometimes what we say will vary to a
term you may recognise. Please note these are terms we use or
recognise in our sites and may differ to other specialists and
Tour: Any pre-arranged, prepaid journey to one or more destinations
and returning to the point of departure. Usually includes transportation,
accommodation, meals, sightseeing, and other components, and is
sold as a unit without price break-outs by component. Reference
'Group Travel' Author Martha Sarbey de Souto. Also 'tour' maybe
regarded as a regularly scheduled guided group visiting one or
more destinations and seeing natural and cultural places of interest
along the way. This journey may be a returning or one way tour.
Extended Touring: We class this as a tour app. over 10 day's
generally combining more than one tour in a one way direction.
We class this as a tour over 10 day's generally combining more
than one tour and often one way such as Darwin to Alice Springs
and include highlights such as Uluru and Kakadu.
Returning Tour: This is a tour that say may start from Darwin
and returns to Darwin when it has finished.
one way Tour: This is a tour that say may start from Melbourne
and finishes at a different city such as Darwin.
Trip: Is a journey from start to finish.
Travel: Is how you make your way around on the journey from
start to finish you taking on your holiday.
Charter: To hire by contract the entire capacity of a motorcoach with the driver/guide basing a trip plan on the needs and desire.
Personalised Tour: Again the same as to hire by contract the
entire capacity of a motorcoach with the driver/guide.
Tour Operator: This is a tour company that you travel with
on tour. A tour operator is the person who supplies the guide/host/driver,
the vehicle, the back-up support, the camping equipment, the accommodation
arrangements, and the food.
Our E-ticket: A electronic ticket via email consisting of 3
pages. The first is for you to sign and return to us via fax or
scanning confirming your ticket details. Pages 2-3 you take with
you and hand to the driver at pickup.
Our Quote: An email sent by us usually around 2-3 pages details
a specific tour.
F.I.T: (foreign independent Traveller) - An international pre-planned, pre-booked, and prepaid trip with an itinerary and components
planned to the traveller's specifications. Custom-designed itinerary,
as opposed to buying an existing travel package. Reference 'Group Travel' Author Martha Sarbey de Souto.
Adult Prices: This is usually for a person aged 12/14/16 and
over in Australian land based tours. Your quote will specify the
exact age for child or adult pricing. The age will vary between
Childs Prices: Generally children between 4-12 up to 16 depending
on the particular tour operator. Your quote will specify the exact
age for child or adult pricing. An example is her from the operator
' Adventure Tours Australia'. Children over 12 years of age pay
full adult fare. * Children aged 8-12 years receive a discount
on most tours. Prices available on application. * Children under
16 years of age are not permitted to unless accompanied by an
adult. It can differ between tour companies.
Infant: Generally a child under 2 years old. It can differ
between tour companies.
Adventure Traveller: Trips and tours
designed for the active traveller often including hiking to see
a remote icon scenic spot or flora and fauna, hiking, destination
swimming i.e. from the bank of a gorge to the bottom of a waterfall,
trekking, rafting, camping, terrain exploring. For the fit and
adventurous who want to get off the beaten track.
Soft Traveller: Those who prefer the
more comfortable facilities yet still travelling to experience
all Australia has to offer and can hike 2-4kms a day over uneven
terrain often in high temperatures.
Extreme Adventurer 3 Boots or 3 Boots+: Hikes up to 9kms or
more per day. Warning: Tours graded with 3 Boots are only suitable
for very fit people who enjoy basic bush camping and can hike
5-9kms a day over uneven terrain often in high temperatures.
Bus: Generally a 45-52 front facing seat coach - vehicle with
air-conditioning. Some have toilet often for 3-10 day's trips
they don't here.
Mini Coach: Generally a 21-24 front facing seat Toyota vehicle
with 'NO' toilet on board
Coach: Is a motorcoach or deluxe bus with a toilet on board.
Generally a 45 front facing seat vehicle with air-conditioning.
Troopie: This is referred to a Toyota Troop Carrier. With 3
seats including the drivers in the front and 2 side facing cushioned
bench seats (4 pax) on each side in the back. Please not the vehicles
are air-conditioned though often we find guides like to drive with
the window's down as the tour passengers and jumping in and out
of the vehicle so often the guides want the passengers to get
acclimatised to the area. Generally last day on the way home the
a-c goes on.
Fly net: A net pulled down over ones face to protect themselves from annoying flies. Mostly used seasonally in Central Australia.
Cost App $8.
Depart: This is usually a 5.30 -7am start from a city. In our
tickets and quotes we will clarify this.
Pickup: The address of where you begin the tour.
Finish: This is usually at the end of the tour. Finishes times
are generally 5-8pm unless specified in your quote. Exception
would be some of our Ayers Rock tours which finish at midday at
Deluxe tour: A term that varies between tour operators. We
generally say this to be the best of the tours that particular
tour operator has to offer. This will either have accommodation
or best quality campsites.
Luxury tour: As with Deluxe tours this is the same. A term
that varies between tour operators. We generally say this to
be the best of the tours that particular tour operator has to
offer. This will either have accommodation or best quality campsites.
Luxury camping: A term that varies between tour operators.
We generally say this to be the best camping facilities of the
tours that particular tour operator has to offer. This will have
campsites with hosts and cooks. The meals will be not be fine
dining but better quality than basic camping. The tents will
be slightly bigger with beds frames, pillows, mattresses and linen.
Some will have lights and fans.
Bush camping: Generally - no facilities other than those that
are carried on the vehicle. Passengers sleep in swags (Aussie
bedroll). The tour will stop along the way at roadhouses for clients
to have a shower etc. or swim in waterholes and gorges.
Permanent camping: Generally - have permanently erected tents
(multi-share), permanent cooking facilities and purpose-built
fire pits, screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.
Semi permanent camping: Generally - tents must be erected by
guide and passengers, share showers and toilets, no cooking facilities
except those carried on the vehicle.
Basic camping: Generally - tents must be erected by guide and
passengers, share showers/toilets or some/all nights no showers/toilets,
no cooking facilities except those carried on the vehicle. (Specified
in the itinerary section of your quote what's available- if not
please ask us). As tour companies may tend to move campsites these
Safari in Style/Deluxe Campsite - Safari Accommodation (large
permanent twin share tents) with proper beds, pillows, linen,
towels, fans and lighting. Campsites have permanent cooking facilities,
screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.
Pax: Generally one person who is on a tour. Passengers
Per Person: Generally the price of a single adult or child
Small Groups: We usually say this for number from 5-24 passengers
Medium Groups: We usually say this for numbers from 30-52 passengers
in a tour.
Large Groups: We usually say this for numbers from 53+ passengers
in a tour.
Guide: Person licensed (wherein necessary) and employed to
take tourists on local or interstate sightseeing and adventure
excursions. Not to be confused with the host. Usually also your
driver on a tour. This person will accompany you on the itinerary
walks and explain about the local flora, Fauna and cultural aspects
of that area. The guide may not be a walking dictionary though
he generally will have a sound knowledge of the area.
Host: The person accompanying the guide or driver. This person
is licensed (wherein necessary) and employed to generally be known as the tour groups manager and explain the sights. We find this
term 'Host' seems to vary between companies.
Driver: Is usually your guide. The drivers responsibility is
for the driving of the tour clientele throughout the tour. He
is generally responsible for the maintenance whilst on tour.
Breakdowns: This is when a tour vehicle breaks down during
a tour. A driver must follow protocol and his operations managers
guidelines. Often that may be to delay the trip and wait for a
replacement bus or spare part or service mechanic. Even a new
bus can develop difficulties. The more remote the trip usually
longer the wait. As vehicles are service regularly this is not
a common occurrence. The Australian Tourism industry prides itself
on providing reliable vehicles.
Sightseeing: Generally a term we use for a very soft adventurer
or large coach group on tour. This we feel means guided tours
of sights easily accessed. We acknowledge this term can be described
in many ways. We don't strictly adhere to this definition.
Admission fees: includes fees to National Parks, Museums, Cultural
Centres and attractions.
Hostel accommodation: Ever noticed there is only one letter
different between hotel and hostel. - 4 or 6 or 12 bed Dorm rooms
or Twin/Double rooms with shared facilities. Shared facilities
may be a common kitchen, toilets and showers (toilets/showers same
Outback Budget accommodation: Generally - Each room is air
conditioned and contains bunks or a double bed and bunks, two
people in each. There is also table and chairs in the room
but no en suite or private facilities. Budget accommodation guests
share a shower and toilet block near the rooms. Bed linen and
pillows are supplied.
Hotel accommodation: Generally - Hotel/Lodge accommodation
is three star in the outback. Each room is large, airy, air conditioned
and has private bathroom facilities unless specified.
Waiting List: people on a list for an last minute opening occurs
Cancellations: When a client contacts the agent or operator
and say they wish to not go on the tour anymore after they have
booked. Tour operator - no one cancellation policy is the same
between Tour Operators. A rule of thumb may be - Up to 30 day's
- agents deposit credited for another booking. 48 Hours - 30 day's
is 25% of Fare Plus Deposit. 24 Hours - 48 Hours - 50% of Fare
Plus Deposit. Within 24 Hours or No-Show 100% of Fare Including
No-Show: If it is departure time and a tour passenger has not
arrived, there is no alternative but to go on without the passenger
- a no show.
Credit Card Fee: Currently only one tour company has a credit
card fee. This is Adventure Tours and they have a 2% fee on all
amounts taken by them using a visa or mastercard.
Rack Rate: Published -regular rates of a tourism service.
Gross rate: Rate prior to deducting any commission
Net Rate: Is the rate wholesale rate before any mark-ups. If payment
is taken as a spilt system (see payments) then generally speaking
in our tickets we will show this as the amount the supplier requires.
Twin Share: All tours with camping or accommodation tend to
be twin share or even dorm share. Our tours have this listed.
Twin share is when 2 people share a room with two single beds
in the one room with shared facilities. Some tours offer optional
extra upgrades so a person be accommodated alone.
Single Supplementary Charge: When you have a single adult travelling
and the tour is based on twin share. This person then requests
if available a single tent or room to themselves paying the difference
Optional Tour: This is where a passenger may choose a option
not part of the tour itinerary such as a flight over the Kakadu
escarpment or Quad 4WD-ing on a tour from Hobart.
Add-on: A supplementary charge. This is explainedwhen offered
GST: The Australian Goods and Services Tax. This is 10%
YHA: Youth Hostel Association member
VIP: A Membership of a backpackers Association
Backpacker: It used to be someone with their travel and personal
items in a canvas bag strapped onto their back in a knapsack, travelling
in a one way direction on a limited budget exploring different
nations and cultural as they travelled through that country. Now day's
it can include such people as a couple of professionals (with
the backpack) on a limited time frame travelling just one country
wanting to explore it's icons and highlights with a very generous
budget staying in 4 star hotels.
Packaged Tour: Pre-arranged combination of such as hotel, air,
sightseeing and social events packaged together and sold as an