Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nature Immersion?
Immersing ourselves in the present moment and deepening our connection with nature is the heart and soul of Nature Immersion, a practice which helps us deeply root into our natural surroundings, fostering a sense of natural belonging as we engage our five senses within nature by taking part in Nature Immersion activities.
Our job as your Nature Immersion guide is to get you to slow down as you walk along the earth. We guide you through sensory practices that will assist in immersing yourself into nature's beauty, calming your mind and rejuvenating your spirit.
Participation in each practice or activity is not compulsory but we do strongly encourage it for you to maximise your nature experience.
How fit do I need to be?
Most of our Experiences are suitable for any fitness level, but we do encourage you to be fit enough to make the most of the experiences we have on offer. Note, for the safety of all passengers, we reserve the right to prevent passengers from participating in some activities.
Please read the itinerary for your chosen experience, and if you have any queries regarding your fitness level, it's important that you discuss this with us at time of booking.
Most of our Nature Based Experiences are suitable for all levels of fitness.
There will be some that include a significant amount of walking throughout the day and therefore requires a moderate level of fitness. This will be advised on the itinerary if this is the case.
These are unique experiences and your full focus is required.
They are suitable for most fitness levels. You do not have to be incredibly fit but there are often steps, or steep ascents and descents, so you must be able to handle that terrain.
What should I bring with me?
Day tours - 1 piece of hand luggage per person.
Short Breaks - A luggage limit of 15kg per person applies.
Extended Tours - A luggage limit of 25kg per person applies.
On all of our Experiences we advise you to bring comfortable non-slip sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, warm jumper/wind proof jacket. Please see individual itineraries for specific items such as bathers and towel.
Can I bring my kids?
These tours are suitable for all ages unless otherwise specified, and child rates are available (aged 14 and under). Please note we do not provide special (booster) seats for children so please feel free to bring your own.
Children who are able to hike the distance are welcome to join our Hikes; however, we include quite a few reflecting activities, and silence is a large part of those activities. Children must therefore be of an age where they can sit quietly without disturbing yourself or anyone else. We do recommend these experiences for children 8 years and over.
Do you offer a pick-up / drop-off service?
We do offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from the local Tourist Stand and hotels for our Eco Tours only. If you are not picked up within 15 minutes of your pick-up time, the onus is on the passenger to telephone 0439 463 285 to advise, as tours depart at the scheduled time.
Are meals provided?
We provide healthy meals as specified in your itinerary, using fresh local produce from around Western Australia. Examples of our meals include:
Morning Tea - A variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls as well as some hot Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea to wash it down.
Lunch - Choice of a our Down Under Kangaroo Curry with Wild Rice or our Bush Tomato Soup with Beer Damper as well fruit juices to wash it down.
Afternoon Tea - A Bushtucker infused muffin and some fresh fruit.
Food as per event itinerary
Unfortunately is can be quite difficult catering to all the different dietary requirements and whilst we strive to cater for all needs, some requests may not be possible; if we are unable to cater to your request, your needs become your own responsibility.
Do you accept payment plans?
Eco Tours and Nature Immersion
Full payment is required to confirm the above Experiences unless specified or alternative arrangements have been made. Failure to adhere to the payment policy may result in cancellation of your booking.
What are your cancellation fees?
Due to the extensive organisation involved with touring, a strict cancellation fee will be applicable to compensate for costs and lost revenue. We strongly recommend you take this in to consideration prior to making your booking. We also recommend taking out travel insurance to cover against such charges. Once a booking is made the following cancellation fees will apply:
- More than 6 weeks before departure; $100 admin fee
- 4 – 6 weeks before departure; 25% of total price
- 2 – 4 weeks before departure; 50% of total price
- Less than 2 weeks before departure; 100% of total price
Nature Immersion - Night Hikes, Half Day Hikes, Day Hikes
- More than 72hrs prior to departure; No Fee Applies
- Less than 72hrs prior to departure 100% of total price, You may attempt to on sell your ticket, we do try to assist where possible and can post to the event page on Facebook to do so.
Nature Immersion - Bush Survival Skills and Workshops
- More than 6 weeks before workshop; No Fee Applies
- 4 – 6 weeks before workshop; $25 admin fee
- 2 – 4 weeks before workshop; 25% of total price
- 1 - 2 weeks before workshop; 50% of total price
- Less than 1 week before workshop; 100% of total price
If we are able to re-sell your place on the experience/hike/workshop you will not be charged cancellation fees. If you fail to join an Experience or join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund can be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by food providers, accommodation house properties, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator cancellation fees. Cancellation fees apply as soon as Down Under Discoveries confirms or accepts a reservation.
CANCELLATION BY DOWN UNDER DISCOVERIES
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 28 days before departure. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking being cancelled including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, Travel Insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
What is the climate like in WA?
Western Australia is famous for its long days of sunshine, spotless blue skies and brilliant beaches. It has a diverse range of climate zones, varying from tropical in the north to temperate in the south.
WA has two distinct variations in seasons. The southern half of the state, which includes Perth, experiences the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter, with temperatures ranging from under 5°C to over 40°C, whereas the northern half of the state has two seasons: "the wet" and "the dry".
"The wet" occurs between October and April when most of the rain falls, bringing humidity and thunderstorms. The daytime temperatures are in the mid to high 30s with evening temperatures in the mid 20s. "The dry" occurs between May and September when clear blue skies are the norm and the temperatures are pleasant during the day and dip considerably during the night.
In the Perth metropolitan area you might hear the term 'the Fremantle Doctor'. This refers to the cooling afternoon south-westerly breeze during summer.
Albany in the South West (our current home) enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild wet winters.
Do we need travel insurance?
Eco Tours and any Multi-day Hiking Adventure
Going on a holiday and travelling should be fun. You shouldn't need to worry about something going wrong, but it can and it does for many travellers each year. Luggage gets lost or damaged, people get sick or injured, and then there are airline, tour and accommodation cancellations or delays to worry about as well. Quite often these events are unforeseen and can be very costly to all parties involved, and that is why we highly recommend taking out good travel insurance cover before you set off.
Nature Immersion, Day Hikes and Adventure Activities
Whilst not compulsory, we do recommend at least having Ambulance cover when participating in any outdoor activity. Outdoor recreation, such as hiking, camping, canoeing, cycling, or abseiling, entails risks, even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. In some circumstances, such as being in remote locations or in extreme weather conditions, even a minor accident may create a situation that may require an ambulance or medical attention. Down Under Discoveries will not be held liable for ambulance fees associated with any injury/snake bite etc that may occur whilst participating in one of our events.
We use a spacious Toyota Hiace 14 seater, with high-back reclining seats, air con, heating and tinted windows offering passengers unrestricted viewing. We provide usb charging docks, Wi-Fi and a DVD player to use on long trips. Please note the vehicle does not have a toilet on board, but we do stop regularly to take toilet breaks.