TRAVEL & COVID-19 UPDATE
Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours are concerned for the health and safety of its guests, employees, families and the wider community.
We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and remain guided by legislation, the advice of our Government, Australia's Chief Medical Officer and our Federal and State Health Ministers. We acknowledge the Government's efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus nationally. We applaud Premier Mark McGowan, appreciating that Western Australia has only five active cases across our vast state.
- Australian international and national borders are closed
- Western Australia is in a State of Emergency
- The Kimberley region is a Commonwealth Bio-Security Zone
- There are binding and enforceable limitations preventing non-essential entry into Western Australia and non-essential entry into the Kimberley region
- There is no access to or from remote Aboriginal communities
- Social distancing rules and restrictions on gatherings remain in force
The Kimberley remains a remote, pristine and magnificent destination to visit, with one of the lowest populations per square kilometre in the world. It is imperative that we all work together to control and contain the spread of the virus to ensure minimal impact on the health and economy of our society. Look after yourself and those around you. Abide by the rules and maintain optimum hygiene so that we may recover as soon as possible.
Kimberley Business Closures
There are many businesses and destinations that have decided not to open for the 2020 Kimberley season, even when the restrictions are lifted.
The following businesses, who have elected to remain closed, have a direct impact on our itineraries, the places that we can visit and the experiences we can offer.
- Imintji Roadhouse (Store & Fuel)
- Mt Barnett Roadhouse (Store & Fuel)
- Manning River (Closed for Camping - Day Use Only)
- Home Valley Station (Closed)
- El Questro Station (Closed)
- Emma Gorge (Closed)
- Geike Gorge Boat Tour (Closed)
- HeliSpirit Chopper Flights at Mitchell Plateau and Purnululu National Park
What does this mean for our guests?
Although Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours are prepared, willing and ready to commence our 2020 season, due to circumstances beyond our control, this is not possible.
We have lost almost 50% (5 nights / 6 days) of our itinerary and access to some of the iconic gorges and Kimberley experiences that we offer.
Consideration for a varied itinerary at alternate locations is not viable without access to fuel. Fuel on the Gibb River Road is limited to Imintji Store, Mt Barnett Roadhouse and El Questro Station, all of which are closed for the season. It is not possible for our vehicles to travel the Gibb River Road without refueling.
Alternate destinations including Mornington Wilderness Camp, Charnley River Station, Mimbi Cave Tours and Mimbi Campgrounds are also closed for the season.
With social distancing requirements we would be limited to 8 (out of 16) guests per tour, resulting in a financial loss to operate.
It is for these reasons that sadly, Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours will not be able to welcome you on tour in 2020.
The Kimberley Region 2021
Our Kimberley season operates between May and September each year, a wonderful time to escape the southern winter and bask in the warmth, the beautiful landscapes, unique locations and experiences that we offer. Discover ancient Indigenous art and culture, swim under waterfalls, soak in thermal springs and hike amongst the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungle Ranges within Purnululu National Park. The Kimberley will be the ultimate destination of choice as we recover from this crisis.
Our 2021 reservations are filling rapidly. Many of our 2020 guests have taken advantage of our COVID-19 Credit Policy and transferred their reservation to next year. In addition, we are constantly receiving new bookings and inquiries for post-COVID travel. To ensure availability for next year we recommend locking in your travel dates as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you to our magnificent destination.
As always, we reiterate that Travel Insurance should be purchased at the time of reservation for any unforeseen cancellations, accident, injury or personal loss.
Management of COVID-19
Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours have always had strict policies and guidelines applicable to the health and well-being of our guests. We have implemented additional precautionary measures to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our guides and guests when tours resume. We will continue to increase sanitation, disinfecting and cleaning.
We are constantly reviewing our procedures based on guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Department of Health.
- All of our tours are small groups (maximum 16 guests).
- Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours guests are, on average, 94% Australian residents, with 3% New Zealand residents and 3% cross-section of the international Western Market.
- We offer two guides on every tour. Our guides are mature aged married couples equipped to care for all guests in a safe, hygienic & caring manner.
- All of our vehicles are subject to increased cleaning requirements including disinfection of all high contact areas, door handles and seats.
- Hand sanitizer will be and has always been available for all guests to use on tour.
- We will continue to provide your own personal water canteens for use, free of charge.
- Any guest with a cold or fever like symptoms will NOT be allowed to tour with us.
- We request that guests feeling unwell do not travel to Broome or the Kimberley.
We request that our 2020 guests contact us and arrange an alternate travel date in accordance with our COVID-19 Credit Policy.
We thank you for your support and understanding.
COVID-19 CREDIT POLICY FOR 2020
Tour Changes and Cancellations
This is an unprecedented time and as such we are offering our customers flexibility with their reservations. Due to the closure of El Questro Station, Home Valley Station and Manning River campgroud, as well as the inability to access fuel on the Gibb River Road, Adventure Wild is not in a position to operate this season.
As a consequence, we encourage 2020 guests to transfer your tour reservation to 2021. In support, Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours will apply your existing payments as credit to your future booking. Flexibility on change of dates will continue, subject to availability, for any time within our 2021 season.
Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours offer future holiday credit
- Credit is valid for travel on any tour until the end of 2021.
- Credit is transferable to another person.
- Credit is not redeemable for cash.
Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours are doing all that we can to give our customers the flexibility and assurance that they need, whilst continuing to manage an evolving situation.
We thank you for your support of our small family business and we look forward to welcoming you on tour as soon as possible.
Additional costs may apply for 2021 departures in alignment with our current fare schedule.
As always, we strongly recommend that travel insurance is taken out at the time of reservation. Should you wish to cancel rather than postpone, we will assist you with insurance documentation.
We look forward to welcoming you on our journey through the beautiful Kimberley.