All bookings are made with Australian Wildlife Adventures Pty Ltd ABN: 59 61111 6664, trading as Untamed Escapes. By booking a tour with us, you agree to have read and accept these Terms and Conditions.
Departure dates, itineraries and rates are valid from the 1st July 2022 until 31st March 2024. All prices are in Australian Dollars and include GST. Rates and conditions are subject to change without notice.
Day tours need to be paid in full at the time of booking to be confirmed. All other tours require a 40% deposit per person for your booking to be confirmed. The balance is due 14 days before departure. If your booking is made within 14 days of the departure date, then the full amount is payable at the time of booking.
Please note group bookings and charters have different deposit requirements.
If we accept your booking, we will issue a confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice, or if you book within 14 days of departure, the contract will exist when we accept your payment. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.
In accordance with current Government regulations, it is no longer a requirement to be double vaccinated, although we do highly recommend it.
All passengers must complete an online check-in which includes a ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration to confirm they are free from illness. Two days before your scheduled departure, you will be emailed a link to complete the online check-in for your tour. The online check-in is mandatory for all passengers and must be completed at the latest 24 hours before departure. It includes standard questions such as “do you currently have any flu-like symptoms”.
Our staff and passengers’ safety are paramount, so customers answering YES to this question will be requested not to participate in the tour. In this case, we will transfer your booking to a date in the future and hold the money paid on file as a credit.
A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. Please be aware different cancellation conditions apply when booking through third-party travel agents. If you cancel a tour, the following conditions apply:
Our tours are guaranteed to depart once they have met the minimum group number, which is stated in the Know Before You Book section on the individual itineraries.
If we cancel your tour (except for when a Force Majeure Event occurs), you can transfer amounts paid to another departure date or receive a 100% refund. If the tour is cancelled because minimum numbers have not been met, we will refund your tour price in full.
If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
Cancellation due to Force Majeure
If a tour is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event, we can offer you a choice of:
(a) a 100% credit of monies paid for your trip; or
(b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.
If the cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:
(a) 100% credit for the days that remain on your trip; or
(b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.
Any credit resulting from cancellation under the Force Majeure clause is valid for three years and may be applied towards any other available tour offered by us. The credit is not redeemable for cash and excludes third-party operators as they will have their own booking conditions.
In such circumstances, there will be no claim for damages by either party against the other, and we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking, including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
If you are unable to continue travelling with us due to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, we can offer you a travel credit for the unused days of your trip.
Our tour prices are set each year however can occasionally be subject to variation for promotional purposes, which is standard practice within the travel industry. This means our rates may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is possible that different passengers on the same tour have been charged different prices. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a lower price, full cancellation conditions apply. The most up-to-date pricing is available on our website.
Due to the uncertainty in the travel industry as a result of COVID-19, when you book direct, we can offer some flexibility in making changes to your booking. However, the following amendment charges may apply due to the complexity, staff time, and working with third-party operators.
One change of departure date is allowed with no fee. However, if you wish to transfer from one tour to another or transfer your booking to another person, you must notify us at least 31 days before the proposed departure date.
A fee of $100 may apply for any additional changes. If you notify us less than 31 days prior to the proposed departure date, the refund policy applicable to cancellations may apply. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 14 days of departure.
For us to confirm travel arrangements, passengers must provide all requested details with the balance of the tour price. Necessary details vary by tour; they include but are not limited to full name, date of birth, nationality and any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements.
All bookings need to be reconfirmed by calling +61 8 8687 0455 two days before departure. At this time, the pick-up point and time for the tour will be confirmed, and we will check that you have completed your Online Check-in and ‘Fit for Travel’ self-declaration (See point 5).
Untamed Escapes reserves the right to amend tour times, itineraries, and fares for its products as circumstances, time of year and operational reasons occur. There will be no refunds in these circumstances nor for delays incurred due to mechanical failure, accident, weather or any other unforeseen circumstances. We cannot guarantee exact pick-up and drop-off times and will accept no responsibility in the event of cancellation fees from other connecting services. No compensation will be considered for any additional driving or time lost due to such changes.
Australia has many dangerous creatures, extreme weather conditions and often varying terrain. Safety is our number one priority, and all guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety at all times. All passengers participating in our tours do so at their own risk, and no responsibility can be accepted by Untamed Escapes for any loss, injury or accident. Passengers are responsible for any additional costs involved should such instances occur. All passengers will be required to sign a liability waiver before departure.
You acknowledge that you are choosing to travel during a time when you may be exposed to the COVID-19. We will take all responsible steps to ensure your safety and may require you to follow additional safety protocols on your tour.
Passengers under the age of 18 years old need to be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. While all care is taken, the responsibility of children on tour rests entirely with the parent or caregiver. Please note that we accept children of all ages travelling on our private charter tours.
It is recommended children under 12 years do not travel on the Adventures to Awaken swag camping tours due to the adventure-based activities in the itineraries. Passengers on our Retreats Reimagined need to be 15 years or above.
Passengers 12 years and under at the time of departure are charged at 80% of the adult rate.
We contract with a network of companies and individuals to assist in operating our tours. Untamed Escapes works with the best operators available but takes no responsibility for any act of neglect by any operator whose services are used as part of your tour. Our suppliers make every effort to safeguard clients, and we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or sickness to any customer beyond our control. We can also reserve the right to refuse to carry or continue to carry any passengers, luggage or goods.
Please note that our tours operate in remote regions, and medical facilities may be difficult to access. Therefore, if passengers have any medical conditions or take any medication, they must provide full details and the nature of the condition when booking, including details of medication taken before the tour departs.
We have no upper age limit, but we remind you that some of our trips can be physically demanding, and passengers must ensure they are suitably fit to allow full participation. In addition, we are not medical experts; therefore, you must ensure you have obtained proper medical advice at least two months before departure.
We carry a satellite phone on all of our remote/overland tours to be used by our guide in an emergency. All guides are First Aid trained and certified.
We highly recommend Travel Insurance and advise it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking, covering cancellation fees. If you leave a tour for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. Likewise, no refund will be made if you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees that may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third-party tour and transport operator fees.
Some of our tours have flights included. These flights are operated by Rex, which has a 15kg luggage restriction per person plus one 7kg carry-on. However, upon presenting a valid itinerary or ticket, passengers with international connections are permitted 20kg. For more details on Rex Baggage Allowance, please visit their website. We highly recommend for passengers where possible leave some luggage at their hotels in Adelaide.
Our tours are run by a qualified guide. Their decision is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a guide or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, they may direct you to leave the tour immediately, with no right to refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. You must at all times comply with the laws and customs of Australia, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.
Bookings of ten or more people are considered a group and different deposit and cancellation policies apply. Our Groups & Charters Manager will outline these upon inquiry.
If any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason than such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.
The laws of South Australia govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of South Australia.