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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

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 9 November 2020

Tasmanian Borders are now open to all low-risk jurisdictions. This includes WA, NT, SA, QLD, NSW, ACT and NZ. It is expected that VIC will be added to the low-risk jurisdiction from 1st of December 2020.  

With firm plans in place for Tasmania to open to all Australian States and territories we will commence collecting deposits and confirming trips that are now operational.

Please note that you must register to travel to Tasmania via the Tas – e-Travel portal.


Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 12 October 2020

 

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Government recently announced NSW is no longer deemed a COVID-19 hop spot.  NT borders remain closed to travellers from any region that is declared to be a COVID-19 hot spot. At this stage, only the State of Victoria is a declared hotspot. 

We are currently taking bookings for all of our 2021 Northern Territory trips.

Tasmania

Our Tasmanian trips are operational for Tasmanian residents from September when our season commences. The Tasmanian Government has recently announced its intention to open the Tasmanian borders to all low-risk jurisdictions from October 26 2020. At this stage, those low-risk jurisdictions include SA, WA, NT, QLD, ACT and possibly NSW. 

We are currently taking bookings from non-Tasmanian residents for all trips from 26th of October and will be reviewing border restrictions and the status of these trips weekly.

Western Australia

Western Australian borders remain closed to all other states and territories. Our 2020 trips in Western Australia remain operational for Western Australian residents only. 

We are taking bookings from non-WA residents for trips in 2021.

South Australia

South Australian borders are open to all low community transmission zones. At this stage, they include ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, Tas and WA. 

We are currently taking bookings for all of our South Australian trips.



 



Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 29 July 2020

 

Northern Territory

Recently the Northern Territory Government announced that it would close its borders to travellers from any region that it declared to be a COVID-19 hot spot. At this stage all of Victoria, Greater Sydney, Eurobodalla Shire (NSW) and Port Stephens (NSW) have been declared hotspots. Our Larapinta trips remain operational and we are taking bookings for travellers from non hot spot regions. Regretfully as a result of the recent announcements our Kakadu and Jatbula trips for 2020 have now been suspended. Any travellers who have been impacted by these restrictions will be contacted by our team.

Western Australia

Our trips in Western Australia remain operational for Western Australian residents. We are taking bookings from non WA residents for trips from the 1st of October and will reviewing border restrictions and the status of these trips weekly.

South Australia

Our South Australian trips remain operational for South Australian residents. We are taking bookings from non SA residents for trips from the 1st of September and will be reviewing border restrictions and the status of these trips weekly.

Tasmania

Our Tasmanian trips are operational for Tasmanian residents from September when our season commences. We are taking bookings from non Tasmanian residents for trips from 1st of October and will be reviewing border restrictions and the status of these trips weekly.



 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 22 June 2020

Due to the continuing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the closure of National Parks and state borders we have suspended the operation of all trips until 31 July 2020 at which point trips on our Larapinta and Jatbula trails only will recommence. Other domestic areas are subject to review as movement restrictions are eased and state borders reopen with updates to be advised. As per our post on 15 June, our consultants are now contacting all passengers that were due to travel in July 2020


 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 15 June 2020

Due to the continuing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the closure of National Parks and state borders we have suspended the operation of all trips until 31 July 2020. Our consultants are now contacting all passengers that were due to travel in July 2020. We are hopeful that we will be operating again this winter season once restrictions are eased further and state borders are open.

 


 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 25 May 2020

Due to the continuing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the closure of National Parks and state borders, we have suspended the operation of all trips until 14 July 2020. Our consultants are now contacting all passengers that were due to travel between 1-14 July 2020.



Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 28 April 2020

 

Due to the continuing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly the closure of National Parks and state borders, we have suspended the operation of all trips until 30 June 2020. Our consultants are now contacting all passengers that were due to travel in June 2020.



 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 28 March 2020

For departures after 01 June 2020

We are receiving a significant number of enquiries from our travellers in relation to trips with departures after 01 June 2020. We can advise that in April, we will be reviewing the operational status of trips departing in June 2020 and will continue to update future trips on a month by month basis.

For now, only trips up to 31 May 2020 have been advised as inoperable.

- For passengers with departures in June 2020, our consultants will advise you of the status of your trip in April 2020. 

- For passengers who are due to travel post 01 July 2020 and who wish to either postpone or cancel your trip arrangements due to the coronavirus pandemic, please notify us in writing and you will receive a credit for the monies paid for the land arrangements of the tour to use towards a departure within 18 months of your original departure date. For travellers postponing their trip we will waive our standard $100 transfer fee*

*Any non-refundable permits, internal flights or other nonrecoverable prepayments that have been paid by you and sent on to secure those services will not be held in credit. You will notified at the time of your transfer or cancellation of the status of such payments after consultation with the relevant provider.


 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 23 March 2020 

Due to the impacts of the Coronavirus which have resulted in restrictions implemented by the Australian Federal and State Governments over the weekend in response to COVID-19, Australian Walking Holidays will be postponing all trips between 23nd March 2020 and 31st May 2020. Trips departing after May will be reviewed in due course.

We will be contacting all clients travelling between 23 March and 31st of May who have been affected from today in chronological order. 

We ask at this time rather than call our offices, to put your communication in an email to us, we are doing our best to respond to them as quickly as we can.

We thank you for your patience.



 

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update: 20 March 2020 

Due to the travel restrictions to Tasmania implemented by the Tasmanian government on 19 March 2020 because of COVID-19 all our Tasmanian trips between 21st March 2020 and 30th May 2020 will be postponed. 

We will be contacting all clients who have been affected. 

We ask at this time rather than call our offices, to put your communication in an email to us, and we are doing our best to respond to them as quickly as we can.


 

Bushfires: 6 January 2020

Bushfires have continued to devastate parts of the country. Not all areas we operate in have been affected, there are plenty of wilderness areas to explore and we currently do not have any guided or self-guided trips departing in the bushfire areas.  Australian Walking Holidays is constantly in contact with local services to ensure  safe operations. 

When heading into a national park, always check on the current conditions prior to entering. 

Please continue to plan your active holiday in Australia as the local communities and operators need support during this difficult time. Tourism Australia have released a resource on the areas affected by the fires, click here.

Our thoughts are with all the communities, bushland and wildlife that have been affected to which we have donated $1,000 to the Rural Fire Service to show our appreciation and support during this difficult time. Read more about how you can help too.


 

New South Wales and Queensland Bushfires: 14 November 2019

Bushfires 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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