We can tailor an Australian adventure to your needs

Why go private?

Private group travel is for travellers who seek cultural experience, group or family bonding adventure, an educational adventure or just plain fun in the great outdoors without having to compete with the interests of travellers who may have different objectives to your own. Here are some of the reasons you might wish to organise a private group:

  • Perfect for friends and special-interest groups

    Private departures are ideal for family, friends, work, social teams, clubs and other groups who share special interests like walking and travel. Let our experts take care of all the planning and logistics, while you and your group enjoy your private wilderness adventure.

  • Tailored itineraries

    We provide private departures on any of our regular itineraries, usually based on a minimum group of paying passengers (depending on the trip). Want to personalize your trip to really make it yours? A private departure of any existing itinerary includes all the advantages of travelling with Australian Walking Holidays, with the ability to tailor the trip to your own needs and wants. Plus, you get to enjoy our daily experiences, the best of travelling companions and our guides, who know your destinations inside and out.

  • Individual Itineraries

    Our expertise helps makes your adventure come to life literally. We will liaise closely with you to work out the best people places and things to visit, the right time to visit them and what you’ll need to take with you along the way. Whatever your group size, we’ll design the inclusions that suit your unique needs. All your trip logistics are taken care of by us, from including excellent local guides each day, to organising permits, local transport, conservation, cultural or philanthropic experiences and much more. Your group will be left free to focus on the destinations, sharing the excitement of new discoveries and the pleasures of time spent together.

  • Exceptional Quality and Reliability

    Australian Walking Holidays is an exclusive ground operator as well as retail tour operator. We run almost all of the trips we create and sell, using our own guides in our own vehicles. Because we are the actual ground operator for our key trips, we can provide exceptional quality and reliability for the trips that we operate.

  • Unbeatable destination knowledge

    We have the expertise, guides, equipment, permits and insurance to take you group almost anywhere in Australia. Because we actually create the trips we operate, our knowledge of the destinations is unbeatable. Our guides are true professionals and have worked with us for years to create fantastic trips, that knowledge from the field filters throughout the business, from reservations to management.

  • Great Value

    Booking direct with the operator, you do not have to pay exorbitant commissions to travel agents. By owning our own operations, we also have fantastic flexibility; we can create special itineraries and private group charters easily.

  • Guaranteed Departures

    We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best.

  • Personalised Service

    Each of our private groups receives personalised service from our experienced Groups Manager, who is dedicated to enriching your journey, offering local insight, adding unique personal perspective, overseeing your holiday arrangements from start to finish and making each trip the memorable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

With over 40 years experience operating a diverse range of itineraries around mainland Australia and Tasmania, we have a huge amount of expertise and experience creating unique tailored itineraries for small group travel. You can rest assured knowing that your trip complies with the highest responsible travel policies, safety standards and will include some of Australia's most experienced guides. We aim to ensure our itineraries are completely inclusive, giving you peace of mind that quality accommodation, meals and gear have already been take care of.

While our standard tours have set travel dates and departures which allow you to book and join with other travellers, our private group trips give you the ability to either lock out a departure date exclusively for you group, or create a completely new departure date. Additionally, private groups allow for more flexibility- simply chat to our groups team about what additional activities special requests and additions you’d like to make to the itinerary, and we’ll make it happen! Once a private group is created, it is reserved exclusively for your friends, family or colleagues to join.

Our minimum group size is 8 passengers. Please call or email our friendly team for more information

It can be depending on your group size and numbers in the group. Please call or email our friendly team for more information

The minimum age for private groups depends on the trip. Typically, our active adventures have a minimum age of 8 years old, however some trips that are grade 4 and above require a minimum age of 16 years or more. However, depending on location you’d like to visit, activities involved or experience required for trips, this can be flexible. We recommend chatting to our groups team about your ideal experience for more information.

Our private group itineraries include all ground costs, accommodation, meals, permits and transfers, unless otherwise stated by our groups team. We aim to be as inclusive as possible during your trip, so you can focus on the experience (and not your wallet!) throughout your trip. Please note that our private trips do not include flights to and from the start/finish destination, visas or travel insurance.


If you would like to include a free of charge (FOC) spot on your quote, please let our groups team know when discussing your trip requirements. The FOC spot cost will be averaged out between the paying customers.

Simply contact us and let us know where you wish to go, what activities you would like to include, how many are in your group and an estimated date of departure. Our group consultant will give you suggestions to help create your perfect unforgettable adventure. Once you’re happy with the itinerary and inclusions, you’ll be sent detailed trip notes that outline the daily itinerary, trip highlights, prices, inclusions and exclusions, ensuring each member of your group have a clear idea of the holiday ahead.

Depending on the complexity of your trip, a quote for an ‘off the rack’ itinerary or departure for a private group can take up to 5 days to process. Custom itineraries that are more unique or complex can take between 5-10 days to process.

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