Trekkers look out at the view along the Murray River

Travel Advisory

Your well-being is our top priority

At Australian Walking Holidays, your safety is our first concern. Our specific protocols and safety analysis procedures, in conjunction with updates provided by our local partners and communities, allow us to carefully assess the stability of each region we visit and plan our operations accordingly. Our staff frequently review all aspects of our walking holidays to ensure we are providing you with the best possible travel experience. 

For updates on specific events and regions, please see our most recent travel warnings and advice below. 

CURRENT UPDATES

New South Wales and Queensland Bushfires: 14 November 2019

Bush fires have devastated National Parks and communities in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Over 1 million hectares in New South Wales has been destroyed with several casualties and many wildlife perished in both states. 

Australian Walking Holidays does not have any guided or self-guided trips departing or currently in these affected areas. 

Most National Parks continue to remain closed and we highly recommend anyone considering a trek in the wilderness to check with their state or territory national parks services. Australian Walking Holidays is in constant contact with on the ground services to ensure our people and guests are safe.

Thank you to all of the heroic firefighters, emergency crews and people combating the fires in New South Wales and Queensland. Our thoughts are with the communities who have been affected.  

If you find injured wildlife in need of help, please contact your local wildlife rescue service or WIRES. 

Links to community, local emergency and wildlife services:

New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Queensland Rural Fire Service

WIRES

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park: 10 November 2019

High levels of water in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and wet conditions with rain and snow has caused the Franklin River Rafting expedition departing on 10 October as unsafe. The trip was deemed inoperable due to the high levels of water. The rain and melted snow from the surrounding mountains including Frenchman's Cap contributed to the river's fast pace through the narrow passages. Continued melted snow will increase water levels resulting in rapid movement in the river system. The river may overflow onto the banks and make sleeping and resting conditions intolerable. 

Australian Walking Holiday's priority is to ensure the safety of our clients and guides and to provide a comfortable memorable experience. We will continue to monitor the water levels of the Franklin River to reassess future departures.

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