Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nature Immersion?

Immersing ourselves in the present moment and deepening our connection with nature is the heart and soul 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.

Other practices that assist in connecting you with nature may include: Silent Walking, Meditation, Sound Healing, Art Therapy and other Mindfulness techniques.

Participation in each practice or activity is not compulsory but we do strongly encourage it for you to maximize 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.

Perth Experiences

Most of our Nature Based Experiences are suitable for all levels of fitness.

An exception is our Perth Waterfalls, Wildlife and Wildflowers 1 Day Experience which includes a significant amount of walking, with approximately 10km being covered throughout the day and therefore requires a moderate level of fitness.

We also have the Outdoor Adventure 1 Day Experience, a day full of active challenges. Once again a moderate level of fitness is required as you will be required to hike 5km, abseil supported by professionals for 4 hours and paddle for 2 hours.

Nature Immersion

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.

Nature Immersion Beginners Overnight Hikes

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.

She Seeks Adventure Barefoot Hiking

It is important that if you decide to give barefoot hiking a try, that you do so slowly, ideally under guidance, progressing gradually to spending more and more time without shoes. In most peoples cases, your feet have been conditioned to wear shoes all the time, so simply taking them off does not mean you will attain the the correct barefoot hiking form.

If you currently have ongoing issues with your feet we encourage you to consult your podiatrist prior to partaking to find out if it is right with you. There are pro's and con's to walking barefoot with those people who have injuries.

When you walk barefoot with pre-existing weak feet (if you have worn shoes your entire life, your feet are weak), you are going to be using muscles in the foot and calf that are probably not used to being used in that way. This can set you up for more injury or "re-injury".  Barefoot hiking is strongly discouraged for people who:

  • Have had plantar fasciitis for more than six weeks!
  • Lack circulation in the lower extremities for whatever reason, or has pre-existing neurovascular disorders
  • Have pre-existing conditions that cause perpetuation of trigger points such as fibromyalgia/arthritis/myofascial pain syndrome

As mentioned previously, please consult your podiatrist should you be unsure as to whether this activity is suitable for you.

She Seeks Adventure Introductory Hikes and Day Hikes

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.

She Seeks Adventure Multi-day Hikes

You must be of moderate fitness and capable of carrying a 6-7kg pack for up to 12 hours across undulating and steep terrain. There will be some rock scrambling up steep ascents, exposed ridges and rock hopping. Core, leg and arm strength will help with all these aspects.

Being in the company of like-minded womyn will help take your mind off the challenge. Despite your level of fitness, it is your mind that ultimately pushes you through, but we do recommend that your fitness be of a reasonable level. If you have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

She Seeks Adventure - Adventure Experiences and Workshops

Our Adventure Experiences and Workshops are all about encouraging the everyday woman to get outdoors and with that in mind are kept at beginners levels. Women of all fitness levels are catered for as we provide safe, fully supported nurturing experiences.

What does 'glamping' mean?

Down Under Discoveries understands that glamping, or ‘luxury camping’, is the perfect way to experience the Australian wilderness without compromising on comfort, and that is why we have chosen to include this unique experience for our multi-day experiences.

Let your mind and soul wander as you connect with nature, without sacrificing those creature comforts like hot showers, comfy bed and quality food.

Each guest is provided with their own essentials, including 2 person tent complete with camping stretcher bed, self-inflating mattress and a few little special surprises to add to the ambiance of the experience. You will also have access to hot showers, flushable toilets and quality meals. Camping in the Australian outback is something you’ll remember forever.

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.

She Seeks Adventure Day Hikes

Plenty of water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (30+), insect repellent, clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions, hiking poles (optional).

She Seeks Adventure Multi-day Hikes

You will be carrying all your personal equipment each day. A day pack is suitable for this adventure. Here is a basic list of what we recommend you pack.

Day Pack

  • Hiking pack
  • Raincoat and/or poncho
  • Comfortable boots (worn, not carried)
  • Blister and personal First Aid kit
  • Camera
  • Sun protection cream
  • Fly repellant / DEET
  • Water bottle (2 litres)
  • Hat and fly net
  • 2 spare sets of socks
  • Munchies - sweets, nuts, dried fruit
  • Mobile phone and/or GPS
  • LED torch
  • Optional: walking poles, folding umbrella, sunglasses

Sleeping Gear and Other Equipment

  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries
  • Reading book
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Spending money
  • Clothing to suit the weather
  • Pens and paper
  • Journal for writing

Can I bring my kids?

She Seeks Adventure Hikes

These hikes are suitable only for girls and women aged 10 and over with the required level of fitness. All participants need to understand that the Adventures empower Women to push through barriers, boundaries and fears, encouraging personal growth, self confidence and a positive mindset.  They are experiences that test your limitations by taking risks, challenging your body and mind, fully supported in nurturing, fun and safe environments. We just ask that you be ready to embrace this opportunity.

Nature Immersion

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.

Perth Experiences

These tours are suitable for all ages unless otherwise specified, and child rates are available (aged 12 and under). Please note we do not provide special (booster) seats for children so please feel free to bring your own.

Do you offer a pick-up / drop-off service?

We do offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from the Perth Tourist Stand and Perth hotels. If you are not picked up within 15 minutes of your pick-up time, the onus is on the passenger to telephone 0408 428 923 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:

Perth 1 Day Experiences 

Spring/Summer

Morning Tea - A variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls as well as some Warndu Bushtucker iced herbal tea to wash it down.

Lunch - Choice of a Cold meat and Salad Bowl (3 meats with Quinoa and Garden Salad) or a Down Under Shredded Pulled Pork & Coleslaw Panini as well fruit juices to wash it down.

Afternoon Tea - A Bushtucker infused muffin and some fresh fruit.

Autumn/Winter

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.

Our 2 Day Experiences include the above as well as:

Dinner (day 1) - Traditional Aussie BBQ (Steak, Sausages, Salads and Rolls)

Breakfast (day 2) - Aussie Continental Breakfast (Toast and Preserves, Fruit Salad, Yoghurt and Muesli, Chia Puddings)

Outdoor Adventure 1 Day Experience

Morning Tea - Each participant will be issued with a morning tea pack including: Bushtucker infused muffin, 1 piece fruit, trail-mix

Lunch - Choice of a Cold meat and Salad Bowl (3 meats with Quinoa and Garden Salad) or a Down Under Shredded Pulled Pork & Coleslaw Panini as well fruit juices to wash it down.

Afternoon Tea - Gourmet afternoon picnic including: Antipasto platter, dips, cheese and crackers as well as Sparkling Mineral Water.

Other Adventure Experience

Morning Tea - Each participant will be issued with a morning tea pack including: Bushtucker infused muffin, 1 piece fruit, trail-mix

Lunch - Choice of a Cold meat and Salad Bowl (3 meats with Quinoa and Garden Salad) or a Down Under Shredded Pulled Pork & Coleslaw Panini as well fruit juices to wash it down.

Afternoon Tea - Each participant will be issued with a morning tea pack including: Bushtucker infused slices

Nature Immersion Moon Hikes, Half Day Hikes etc

Food as per event itinerary

Nature Immersion Beginners Overnight Hikes

Our beginners overnight hikes introduce you to trail food. At the start of the hike you will be issued with your 2 day ration pack which will comprise of quality lightweight food to provide you with the sustenance of being out on a trail.

Ration Packs may include: Tuna, Crackers, Tortillas, Cheese, Beef Jerky, Muesli Bars, Chocolate,  Back Country Cuisine, Custard, Oats, Electrolytes satchet, Tea/Coffee sachet and Milk.

She Seeks Adventure Full Day Hikes

Morning Tea - A variety of Bushtucker infused slices, biscuits and bliss balls as well as some Warndu Bushtucker herbal tea to wash it down.

Lunch - Cold meat and Salad Bowl (3 meats with Quinoa and Garden Salad)

Please note: You will be issued with your meals prior to the start of the hike.

She Seeks Adventure Multi-day Hikes

Nutritious meals and snacks are provided as per your itinerary. The actual food provided varies as to the location of the hike as would mean a variety of different caterers but food is of a high standard. Should you need a breakdown of food provided you may send us email requesting.

She Seeks Adventure Overnight Hikes and Workshops

Our overnight hikes and workshops introduce you to trail food. At the start of the hike or workshop you will be issued with your 2 day ration pack which will comprise of quality lightweight food to provide you with the sustenance of being out on a trail.

Ration Packs may include: Tuna, Crackers, Tortillas, Cheese, Beef Jerky, Muesli Bars, Chocolate,  Back Country Cuisine, Custard, Oats, Electrolytes satchet, Tea/Coffee sachet and Milk.

We do try to cater to dietary requirements on request and with advance notice. Please note that 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?

Perth Experiences 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.

She Seeks Adventure 

We understand that finances may be tight and many of our She Seeks Adventure experiences are quite a significant expense for many. Payment plans are available on our Multi-day hiking adventures and some of our Adventure Experiences, only where mentioned.

An initial $250 payment of your deposit secures your place, you will be contacted in regards to making a payment plan. Weekly payments must be made with full balance due 30 days prior to departure. Failure to adhere to the payment policy may result in cancellation of your booking.

Please read the terms and conditions for the individual adventure carefully before paying your deposit, as some deposits are non refundable. Make sure you understand our cancellations fees as due to the extensive organisation involved with touring, a strict cancellation fee will be applicable to compensate for costs and lost revenue.

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 out travel insurance to cover against such charges. Once a booking is made the following cancellation fees will apply:

Cancellation Fees

  • More than 48hrs prior to departure; No Fee Applies
  • Less than 48hrs prior to departure 100% of total price, You may attempt to on sell your ticket

Cancellation Fees

  • More than 30 days prior to departure; $100 admin fee
  • More than 72hrs prior to departure; but less than 30 days, 25% of total price
  • Less than 72hrs prior to departure 100% of total price

Cancellation Fees Multi Day Experiences (Day Tours),  Hiking Adventures, Adventure Experiences

  • 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

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.

Do we need travel insurance?

Perth Experiences 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.

What type of vehicle will we be travelling in?

We use a spacious Toyota Hiace 14 seater, with high-back reclining seats, air con, heating and tinted windows offering passengers unrestricted viewing. We are adding usb charging docks 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.