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We travel by comfortable air-conditioned mini coach or OKA, a 4X4 touring vehicle, on each tour. You need to limit your luggage weight to 10kg per person to go the top of the OKA, excluding binos, scopes and other hand luggage.

Food and Accommodation
On our camping safaris we stay in 9X9 canvas pyramid safari tents with heavy duty sewn-in floor and insect screens. If you are travelling single, you can have your own tent! Canvas showers are provided where normal showers are not available and portable long drops if toilets are not available. A small generator is used when we are away from camp or for refrigeration at Iron Range and Lakefield camps. It is available for camera battery recharging when required. Food on camping trips is simple but hearty - continental and cooked breakfasts, cold meats and salads for lunch or hamper style picnic lunches. Evening meals are 3 course.

On our non-camping or combined camping/lodge trips we stay in lodges and hotels - all high quality with excellent food. For example Lotus Bird Lodge in Lakefield National Park. (LINK TO LOTUS BIRD SITE)

Hiking and Fitness
You need to be fairly mobile, but not necessarily young. We don't do any overnight hiking, but most days include several, short hikes. In Queensland it can be hot especially in the middle of the day and we try to avoid hiking at these times, however you do need to bring light clothing and a good broad-brimmed hat.

What to Bring
Queensland is warm to hot and you need to bring appropriate gear for these conditions. Swimming in the outback is usually out because of crocodiles and stingers in the water. There are occasional spots where swimming is OK and we will advise you of these. There are swimming pools in some lodges and hotels. Evenings can be cool in comparison with the day so a light jumper or jacket is needed. It does rain sometimes so light rain jackets or a poncho are a good idea.

When we are camping it is recommended that you bring shampoos and soaps which are environmentally friendly and bring a towel.

The following list is only a guide. If you are coming on our trips and want more information, please ask.

GEAR LIST FOR NEW ZEALAND (essentials marked in bold)

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Spotting scope
  • Flashlight
  • Bathroom things
  • Medication
  • Sunblock
  • Sunhat - broad-brimmed or with neck protection
  • Sun glasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Strong walking shoes or light boots
  • Hiking pole (recommended)
  • Light pants for hiking (2 pairs) Easy wash are ideal as you can wash them out overnight.
  • Light shorts for hiking (2 pairs)
  • Puttees or gaiters (canvas or nylon)
  • Wet weather gear - raincoat or poncho.
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light Long sleeved cotton shirt for sun protection and protection from insects.
  • Good clothes (casual for eveningwear)
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry powder

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