What to Expect
I know it seems like a lot to read, but it will really help you enjoy your tour.
Before BOOKING your tour,
Please ensure you read the following very important information AND our Terms & Conditions:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Central Australia Tag Along Tours are not that of an action film. Our tours are safe and relaxed. On dirt roads we travel at a maximum of 80 km’s an hour (often slower depending on conditions ). The main reason for this is so you can enjoy the scenery and it’s also easier on the vehicles. The 4wding ranges from really easy to fairly challenging, depending on the tour. If you have never been 4wding before, don’t worry, we’ll assist and guide you. If you are an experienced 4wder, I’m sure you’ll still enjoy the challenge. Remote travel is great fun and if done sensibly even more so. Unlike some 4wd shows we don’t have a behind the scenes crew, we’re not sponsored nor are we mechanics, so by taking our time, treating our gear and vehicles with respect, we have less issues and more time to enjoy the trip.
FOOD & WATER
Bring enough food and water for each person in your vehicle for the duration of the tour, whether it be a day tour or a 4-day tour. 5 Litres of water per person per day is recommended, Plus 2 days back up for our multi day tours.
Also, having a variety of water containers is a great idea. 5, 10, & 20 Litre containers are very useful, as well as small water bottles, which fit under the seat or in the door pockets.
We travel to some very remote areas, so food shopping needs to be done in Alice Springs or elsewhere before your tour departs. Dry foods and tinned food will last well over many days/weeks and is easily stored in your vehicle. Vacuum sealed is also a great way to store meat and other foods and will last for several weeks if stored in a fridge / freezer.
Each client is responsible for managing their own food and water supplies. You need to cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner and any snacks in between. Central Australia Tag Along Tours does not provides any meals on tours.
TENT / SWAG / BEDDING
Each client is responsible for their own sleeping arrangements. We camp in some designated campgrounds and in private bush settings. A swag is a great option in central Australia.
If you prefer more protection from the elements, tents are a good option. You will need to bring enough bedding for everyone in your vehicle, blankets or sleeping bags are a good idea. If you’re unsure talk to us about it and work out what’s the right for you.
If you need to hire any gear contact:
Nomadic Camping Hire 0430 938 703
If you’d like to buy or upgrade your camping gear contact:
Desert Dwellers 21 Wilkinson St, Ciccone NT 0870
PH (08) 8953 2240
Temperature can vary from low 20’s to mid 30 degrees Celsius by day, depending on the time of year. By night, however, it can get down to single figure and even -minus temperatures.
CLOTHING / FOOTWEAR / TOILETRIES
Appropriate protective clothing is recommended, as many of our tours involve hiking outdoors in warm weather.
We recommend long-sleeved shirts, shorts or long pants, a hat and sturdy footwear for all of our tours. Remember the days will be warm but the night get cool.
***Swimwear is a great idea, as we take every opportunity to cool off when we can. Sunscreen, carry in your vehicle too
***Toiletries are each persons' responsibility.
We can provide a bush toilet when required. Toilet and shower facilities vary on our tours. On multi day tours there may be times when there are no facilities. We will provide a private but basic bush toilet, and a shower may not be available. in these times wet wipes are a great option for an alternative bush shower.
Any medication/s must be stored in your vehicle and each person in that vehicle should know where they are located.
Your health is your responsibility and we encourage everyone to be prepared when it comes to medication/s.
FIRST AID KIT We recommend you carry a First Aid Kit in your vehicle at all times, especially in remote area travel. Central Australia Tag Along Tours carries a fully stocked Off-Road First Aid Kit on every tour. We also carry a smaller kit for during the day on hikes and activities.
A RELIABLE 4X4 VEHICLE
We recommend you have your vehicle serviced and maintained before arriving on any of our tours. We also advise that you have read the operators manual for your car so you know and understand how your vehicle works.
We travel in remote areas and on occasion, harsh terrain, which may show any weak points on an unmaintained vehicle.
A mechanical safety check is compulsory or proof of service within the last 3 months, before joining our Multi day tours. If you are unsure where to go for Mechanical Assitance, Call Cam on (08) 8955 6800 at Terrain Tamers for honest and reliable mechanical services.
Any repairs or maintenance deemed essential, are required and is at your expense. This is for your safety and enjoyment.
Carrying spares for your vehicle is also a good idea, however a well maintained vehicle is less likely to have any issues especially if driven appropriately to the conditions. Some ideas for spares are Spare belts; hoses; fuses and filters. Oils and other fluids specific for your vehicle are always handy items. If you do suffer a break down, we will do our best to get you going but if recovery is required it will be at your expense.
Central Australia Tag Along Tours carry a full recovery kit on all of our tours. We do encourage all clients to carry their own snatch strap; shackles and a shovel as a minimum. Rated recovery points fitted to your vehicle are a great idea for off-road travel. Maxtrax are a great recovery tool, we definitely recommend investing in - Maxtrax link: https://www.maxtrax.com.au/
If you have 2 Spares, Great. If you have 1 spare tyre, thats ok too. Make sure your spare tyre(s) is in good condition and that you have checked it is inflated and holding air before you join any of our tours. Some of the tracks we travel on are well maintained,
however, some are not and can damage tyres.
Carrying 20 Litres of fuel might be helpful if your vehicle only has a limited range, however, is not compulsory. If your vehicle is fitted with a long range fuel tank or has dual tanks, this is a good option.
We do make fuel stops on tours as needed. Distances of tours vary, and if you are concerned about how much fuel you’ll need, we are happy to discuss it with you. Fuel can be purchased if you require during our tours but remember, remote fuel is always at a premium price.
A UHF radio fitted to your vehicle is a must have, for remote bush travel. Central Australia Tag Along Tours recommends
hiring a handheld radio from TJM Alice Springs Ph(08) 8952 2388
if you don’t already have one. They also hire other gear like fridges. Your tour leader carries a Satellite phone at all times in case of emergency.
A SENSE OF ADVENTURE
It may sound cliche, but having an open mind and a sense of adventure are must-haves when joining our tours.
Our goal is to get you out into the real outback and experience the beauty and isolation. We visit some very remote places and there are times you may question 'Where on Earth are we? Central Australia Tag Along Tours are all about unique experiences and going to places you probably wouldn’t go on your own. A little relaxed adventure is what it's all about. We go to these places to slow down, relax and enjoy the beauty so be sure to adjust your self to territory time.
We advise all of our clients to be culturally aware when travelling on our tours or on your own.
A little knowledge and understanding of the areas you travel in and through, goes a long way, especially with local Indigenous Australians. We sometimes travel to and through remote communities, and we promote culturally aware practices during these trips.
Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you.
CAMERAS / PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
There are plenty of opportunities for photos and videos on our tours.
Central Australia provides amazing scenery and you'll want to capture the highlights of your time on tour with us, in the heart of Australia. We definitely recommend you bring your camera/ go pro etc with you.
Drones are becoming ever more popular for the travelling photographer and holidaymaker. We encourage you to bring it (drone) with you, however, please be considerate and make yourself aware of the rules and regulations in using them, especially near airfields and National Parks.
In regards to Alcohol, please be advised, that on some tours we do travel to and through 'dry' Communities.
There are NO outlets to purchase alcohol in community, they are 'dry towns' (no alcohol is allowed).
On all tours, please be discreet with alcohol in your vehicle. Keep it stored out of sight and enjoy in moderation. Please make your purchases in Alice Springs or elsewhere before joining our tours.
Still got questions?
Send us an email or give us a call, we'd be more than happy to help.
Terms and Conditions
Please read the terms and conditions carefully. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
CATAT - Central Australia Tag Along Tours
Booking – A Booking of a tour made between CATAT and Client as outlined below.
Client – Any person who makes a Booking with CATAT.
All amounts on this site are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.
You acknowledge and agree that:
BOOKINGS and PAYMENT
All bookings made are with CATAT imply terms and conditions have been read, understood and accepted.
Bookings can be made online.
Full payment is required at time of booking.
Cancellation of bookings will incur the following penalties;
Within 7 days of tour departure. 100% of tour price.
Between 8 and 21 days of tour departure: 50% cancellation fee.
More than 21 days Full refund will be provided.
- All cancellations must be received in writing by CATAT and are not effective until this notice has been received. If your tour has commenced, 100% of the full tour price is forfeit. There are no refunds for leaving the tour before the scheduled end date.
CATAT reserves the right to alter any tour, tour routes and/or itineraries and time schedules or cancel any of our tours for the safety of participants and/or for any unforeseen circumstances.
Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions forms the agreement between you, the Client, your passengers and Central Australia Tag Along Tours.
May be arranged with CATAT if at CATAT's discretion, it is deemed it appropriate for any of our tours. Change requests for tours will be treated on a case by case basis.
Participation in any tour organised by CATAT is voluntary.
No Pets or Fire Arms are allowed on any Tag along tour.
You must comply with directions and advice while undertaking the tour and for matters relating to the tour.
Participation on the tour involves group interaction with other participants and CATAT and you including all passengers travelling with you agree, that at all times to act decently and with respect to other participants and CATAT. You must not create any nuisance to other participants, CATAT or the general public.
All directions and rules for national parks must be followed, and if not participation in the tour may be cancelled.
CATAT may suspend or cancel your participation or continued participation on the tour at any time if there are reasonable grounds to do so, without liability if you breach these terms.
CATAT guides are not mechanics. while we will do our best to assist you should mechanical failure occur, any repairs or recovery costs are at your expense.
PHOTO and VIDEO
You agree that all photos and videos taken of you on a Tour can be used for marketing or promotional purposes by CATAT. You grant us permission to use the images and footage royalty free for marketing and promotional purposes worldwide.
All drivers/co drivers of vehicles must have a current and valid drivers licence that allows you to legally drive a motor vehicle in Australia.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND SUITABILITY.
To participate in a tour with CATAT, the vehicle you use for the tour must be a 4wd vehicle with High and Low range gearing and have reasonable ground clearance and All Terrain Tyres. AWD vehicles are not deemed suitable for our tours. Your vehicle or the vehicle you intend to use for the tour must be in a state of good repair and had a recent service. If CATAT has concerns about the state of your vehicle they may require a mechanical check at your expense prior to departure. If at the time of departure, CATAT is not satisfied with the state of the vehicle or deems the vehicle to be not suitable for the terrain, you may not be allowed to join the tour and all monies are forfeited.
TRAVEL AND VEHICLE INSURANCE Central Australia Tag Along Tours strongly advises Clients to take out comprehensive travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you do this before booking one of our tours.
Recovery of a disabled or damaged vehicle is the vehicle owners’ responsibility. We highly recommend insurance for vehicle recovery.
You release Central Australia Tag Along Tours from all Claims and liabilities arising out of, or relating to your participation in the tour, including (but not limited to) actions (or inactions) of Central Australia Tag Along Tours undertaken pursuant to these terms, and including those caused or contributed to by third parties, including suppliers to Central Australia Tag Along Tours and other participants on the tour. For the purposes of this clause “Claims” means any allegation, cause of action, claim, demand, proceeding, litigation, investigation, judgement, loss, cost or expense of whatever nature and whether present or future, fixed or un-ascertained, actual or contingent and whether arising at law or in equity, under statute or otherwise.
You indemnify Central Australia Tag Along Tours for any loss suffered by you and against all Claims (as defined in the preceding clause) and liabilities arising out of or related to your participation in the Tour and any breach by you of these terms.
Central Australia Tag Along Tours may suspend its obligations under this agreement if its ability to perform is affected by cyclones, storms, earthquakes, explosions, embargoes, government directives, or any law or regulation, litigation or labour dispute, war, terrorism, or any other cause which is beyond its reasonable control.
Central Australia Tag Along Tours accepts no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss, damage, death, illness, change of itinerary or delay (including mechanical breakdown) caused either directly or indirectly as a result of events which are outside of our control. Events including but not limited to: fires, floods, acts of God, unusually severe weather, industrial action or commercial flight disruptions.
FITNESS & HEALTH
Our tour itineraries may contain guided sight-seeing walks to natural attractions. Passengers are required to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to participate in such walks.
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 tour description for further information or contact your friendly tour guide who will be able to describe each walk to you.
Whilst on a bush walk it is the responsibility of each passenger to carry adequate drinking water.
Central Australia Tag Along Tours requires all participants honestly advise of any condition, medical or otherwise, to the Tour Leader, which may prevent you from safely participating in planned activities while on our tours.
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.
PARTICIPATION, RISKS & ENJOYMENT
While every care for the safety of vehicles and occupants is taken, all Clients, passengers and vehicles participate at their own risk.
Clients and passengers accept that tours include participation in activities which may involve certain risks and dangers beyond the control of Central Australia Tag Along Tours. Such activities containing risks include but are not limited to, bush walking, swimming, travelling in remote undeveloped locations and 4-wheel driving over varying terrain.
Clients and passengers accept that some tours include visits and overnight stays in areas located some distance from hospitals, medical centres or other forms of professional medical facilities.
Clients and passengers accept that it is their responsibility to ensure that their health is in a state which will allow them to enjoy the tour and successfully complete the activities the tour offers.
Clients and/or passengers will not be permitted to continue on tours when in the opinion of the Central Australia Tag Along Tours Leader, the Client and/or passenger’s conduct or condition is placing their own or the safety of other Clients/passengers at risk, or is adversely affecting the enjoyment of other Clients/passengers, for whatever cause.
Central Australia Tag Along Tours will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour. However, no liability will be accepted for any loss of enjoyment experienced by Clients/passengers due to circumstances which are beyond our control.
DATA PROTECTION POLICY
Any personal information (including sensitive information and health information) that Central Australia Tag Along Tours receives and retains from you or about you is necessary for our business purposes. We do not disclose this information to other parties unless it is important, such as alerting other tour operators, restaurants or accommodations that we work with about important medical or dietary information.