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Australia Travel Tips

We are excited to welcome you on your APT Australia tour soon. Here you will find a list of handy tips to help you prepare for your trip, covering everything from what to pack to changing your booking. 

For a more extensive guide, you can read our destination or travel style specific guides to touring with APT below.

Australian Expedition Cruising | Kimberley 4WD Adventures | Outback Wilderness Adventures | Private Jet Air Tours Tasmania  

Top Tips for Travelling with APT

Applicable to Le Laperouse, Le Soleal and Le Jacques Carter

All guests must complete a health declaration prior to boarding.

Valid passports are required on all Australia and New Zealand cruises. All guests must present their passport on embarkation, and it must be valid for the duration of the cruise.

We highly recommend that you obtain comprehensive medical and travel insurance to cover your entire time away from home. Be sure to pack your policy in case you need to make a claim while travelling. It is also worth adding your insurance policy details and flight numbers to your Tour Personaliser, so all your important travel information is in once place.
One week before your tour you will receive all the documents required ahead of your trip via email, including any flights and hotel reservations made with APT.
It is important that you login to APT’s Tour Personaliser and complete the details required. We need this information to be able to supply your travel documentation.
Tour Personaliser

If you have a food allergy or medical condition which needs to be managed on tour, please advise your Booking Agent before departure, and inform your Tour Director on arrival. It is also worth packing a small medical kit, as even though there will be pharmacies along your tour, they can be difficult to access, and a prescription may be required for some medications.

Suggested Packing List:

  • A general-purpose antibiotic (e.g. azithromycin)
  • Cold and flu medication
  • Your preferred pain medication
  • Medicine for gastronomic upsets
  • Band aids and blister pads
Economy class flights usually allows between 25-30kg per person, though you will need to check this with your flight provider. Note – most of our tours only allow between 16kg and 20kg of luggage. When packing, we recommend casual and comfortable clothing. Consider the season of the destination you are travelling too, even in summer many destinations get cooler in the evenings, so it is a good idea to pack a jumper.


4WD driving through a shallow body of water, Kimberley Western Australia

4WD Vehicles

APT’s custom built 4WD vehicles are designed to take you over rugged terrain in comfort, safety, and style. As standard they feature: seat belts, air-conditioning, a toilet/restroom, PA system, reclining seats and large tinted windows to protect you from the sun, while providing unimpeded views.
People peering down into the deep red crevice of Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory.

Walks on Tour

On tour a good level of health and fitness is required to undertake walks in hot conditions or uneven terrain. If you have trouble with balance, walking poles can be a great help. Before your tour we recommend walking three times a week to build up your fitness.
Interior of Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge tent with passengers sitting outside

APT Wilderness Lodges

Our lodges are designed to add a touch of luxury to the wilderness. Your lodge will include a twin or double bed (as requested – however please note standard tents are only twin bedding configuration), private ensuite with hot shower, deck with chairs and bush view. For details on the outback electricity supply and using Sleep Apnea Machines, view our APT Kimberley Guide.

On Tour Information

Each night, enjoy a delicious dinner, sometimes in an open-air setting, and expect a full breakfast in the morning. There is a fantastic array of quality food on offer, with plenty of healthy options. Regional specialties are often served with a sprinkling of Indigenous herbs for an authentic Outback flavour. All included meals will be indicated in your personalised itinerary.
If dietary requirements are strict, please check with your booking agent or APT concerning catering in advance.

After Dinner
After dinner, depending on location, you are welcome to spend the evening by the campfire, enjoy a drink at the bar, or simply retire to your room.

Dress Code
Most people dress casually on tour, however, in the evenings, you might want to wear something a little smarter.

Mobile Phones
Reception and internet service is very poor in the Kimberley, but you will have access to free public telephones along the way. Internet may be available at accommodation along the tour to check email.

We strongly recommend packing a camera or camera-phone for this tour. As electrical charging points will not always be available, it is advisable to pack additional battery packs.

Seat Rotation
To ensure everyone gets to enjoy front and window seats, a daily seat rotation system will be employed.

Early Starts
Kimberley tours often have early starts, so be prepared to get up before the sunrise.