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Intrepid Retreats: First Australian Tour Departs After 6 Month Forced Hiatus

As global restrictions continue to impact international travel, Intrepid’s first Australia retreat tour provides hope for the industry.

As global restrictions continue to impact international travel, Intrepid’s first Australia retreat tour provides hope for the industry.

Intrepid Travel has officially departed on its first tour in Australia since March 2020 from its new Retreat product range.

On September 4, 2020, nine travellers from Queensland and South Australia are departing from Cairns on Intrepid Travel’s new 5-day Daintree Retreat tour.

“We are thrilled to be operating our first trip in Australia after a COVID-enforced hiatus. Our travellers are mostly local Queenslanders, but they want to see their home state in a new light, from an Intrepid perspective,”

Sarah Clark, Intrepid Travel MD AU/NZ

Celebrating ‘Slow Travel’

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The trip is part of the newly launched product range called Intrepid Retreats.

This new category is a first for Intrepid, in which small 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.

“Reconciliation is a big focus for us at Intrepid and on this trip we have integrated more First Nations experiences and our travellers will learn from the local Kuku Yalanji family,” Clark said.

The trip visits the world’s oldest rainforest and includes a meeting with a local familt 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.

The Daintree Retreat, which visits the iconic rainforest and the beautiful town of Port Douglas, will operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the WTTC.

All travelers 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. 

Book with confidence

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In preparation for travel to resume, Intrepid has recently introduced a new Flexible Bookings policy to make travellers feel at ease when booking their trips, 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 says it hopes these trips will serve as a source of hope and inspiration for the industry after several months without travel.  

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Big news! 🇦🇺🎉 For the first time since March, we are running a trip in Australia! Today, a group of Intrepid travelers are embarking on our new Daintree Retreat in Queensland. Here are a few reasons why we are so excited: ⠀ INTREPID RETREATS – The trip is part of the newly launched product range Intrepid Retreats, and we are so excited to see it come to life in Australia. 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 local experiences. NEW EXPERIENCES – While much of the world is still waiting for their first domestic or international adventure, we can’t help but be excited for these 9 travellers who will get to enjoy the beautiful Queensland beaches, support local businesses and learn about hunting native plants from a First Nations guide. SAFE TRAVELS – This trip will operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, which were developed in partnership with the @wtandtc. All travelers 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. For more information, view our Safe Travels pinned story.⠀ While this is by no means a return to normal, we hope it serves as a reminder that precious travel experiences will return. And while these may be sooner for some than others, we’re so excited for all our future adventures together. #BeIntrepid

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