Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get travel insurance?

We highly recommend it. The unexpected can often happen and cause mayhem to your holiday. travel insurance can be a great way to help protect you from financial loses.

Will there be alcohol on tour?

On camping trips.

Coates doesn’t serve alcohol on tour, however you are able to BYO. Due to potentially rough roads we do not recommend bringing alcohol in glass bottles. If you are unsure about an appropriate amount to bring at the start of the tour please contact us as you may be able to buy more on the trip.

On accommodated trips.

Coates doesn’t serve alcohol on tour and there is no BYO. However most restaurants where we will be having dinner will sell alcohol at your expense.

In the bush will I be able to charge my equipment?

Yes. While traveling away from mains power you will be able to charge via UBS port, 12v cigarette lighter or 240v inverter. While there are charging facilities please remember that they are limited and may have to be shared with other passengers.

Do I need to bring washing powder?

No. Coates does supply washing powder.

What vehicles do you use?

Depending on the tour we have several different vehicles. We two modern Toyota Prado’s that we use for our small group tours (3 passengers per vehicle). These vehicles visit the remotest parts of the country. We also have a 2015 Isuzu 4WD tour bus conversion, this bus has 15 forward facing seats but we only take a maximum of 12 passengers on our standard tours. Depending on the tours if a vehicle is unavailable we have back up vehicles of a similar quality available from hire company.

How much can luggage can bring?

Please note that due to health and safety requirements luggage on tour is limited to one medium sized, soft-sided bag per person. The sum of its length, width and height is not to exceed 140 cm. The maximum weight of the bag should not to exceed 15 kilograms. A small daypack is also permitted. International tours, some island tours and the Kimberley Coastal Cruises luggage limits may vary, please see the respective tours trip dossier for specific weight maximums.

Can I buy things along the way?

There will be opportunities on most trips to buy snacks, souvenirs ect alone the way but nothing is set in stone. If there is something that you can’t live without plan to buy it before the tour starts as outback towns can often have very limited supplies.

Do I need to bring my own water?

We ask that you bring your own water bottle (at least 1L), however we carry plenty of water to resupply your bottle when needed.

Will I get mobile phone reception on tour?

Mobile phone coverage is patchy in outback Australia and you will be without coverage most of the time while out on the road. However Telstra coverage is available in most regional towns, with other larger towns have coverage for all telcos.

How physically fit do I need to be?

A reasonable fitness level will be required to get the maximum level of enjoyment out of your tour. However if you wish to sit out any of the walks or excursions is always an option.