Intrepid Travel have returned to travelling in Australia with the launch of their Retreats range, focused on local adventure tours so you can explore all the beauty of your backyard and help out local communities.
The local Intrepid tour itineraries have been specially curated to empower and support local communities who’ve been hit hard by the pandemic, backing one of Intrepid’s core values of using travel as a force for good.
This month, the first tour in Australia since March 2020 took travellers deep into the Daintree Rainforest on the new 5-day Daintree Retreat tour. The trip is part of the newly launched product range called Intrepid Retreats. This new category is a first for Intrepid, in which groups immerse themselves in one location, in handpicked accommodation ranging from small boutique properties to glamping, with nearby experiences.
These retreats celebrate ‘slow travel’ and allow adventurers to engage with the surrounding communities away from the crowds and in a more controlled setting.
The Daintree trip visits the world’s oldest rainforest and includes a meeting with a local family who hosted David Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming. The trip also includes a hike in Mossman Gorge, as well as learning how to throw a spear, identify edible plants and see how Kuku Yalanji people live in harmony with their changeable landscape. Reconciliation is a big focus for Intrepid and on this trip, travellers enjoyed First Nations experiences where they will learn from the local Kuku Yalanji family.
Whether it’s a five-day excursion deep into the Daintree Rainforest, or four days lapping up the beauty of Tassie’s Bay of Fires, an Intrepid Retreat will immerse you in one dream location.
The tours operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the WTTC. All travellers will complete a health screening at the start of the trip and the group will be accompanied by a local leader who has received specific COVID-19 training, which covers hygiene, sanitation, physical distancing, PPE as well as supplier monitoring.
Intrepid has recently introduced a new Flexible Bookings policy to make travelers feel at ease when booking their holidays, which permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip with no change fees.
Intrepid hopes these trips will serve as a source of hope and inspiration for the industry after several months without travel.