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FAQ'S

Don't worry about gear, food or details - that's our job. Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go

Our goal is to ensure you have an awesome trip, and make memories that will last. We add a range of features into all our trips so you can experience it all.

Our tours are opportunities! They are designed for you to relax, have fun, explore and immerse yourself in multi-day experiences that forge new friendships. We walk, kayak, cave, trek, abseil, whilst exploring the majestic sights. Our trips are fully catered with nutritious healthy meals, fully chauffeured, and expertly guided. We plan so you can enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Day Walks

Frequently Asked Questions

Overnight Hikes

How hard are the walks?

All our walks are graded from 2 – 5, with 2 being easy and 5 being hard. See this grading page for more information to help you choose the walk that is right for you. No matter what you do, there is always a TSA guide to support and provide assistance.

What is included?

The cost for the event includes all your requirements for the day including car pooling assistance and park entry fees. Plus our supportive and motivating guides and all your food the day out ????

How fit do I need to be?

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call.

What food is included?

Our day events include morning and afternoon snacks, a full lunch and possibly some nibbles along the way. All our food is healthy and nutritious and you won’t be hungry.

What if I have specific dietary requirements?

Our qualified chef and nutritionist will ensure that your dietary requirements are met. Please contact us to discuss any dietary concerns you may have.

Can I bring my child?

Yes, generally kids over 12 are allowed under adult supervision. An indemnity form must be signed by the parent/guardian that is accompanying the child.

What happens if I am really slow?

Then you’ll have more time to chat to one of our enthusiastic and supportive guides, as we don’t leave anyone at the back. If this is your biggest concern, then fear no more as everyone who has been on our events has finished with pride and happiness that they came out and gave it a go!

Do I need to bring my own first aid kit?

No. TSA carries comprehensive first kits and all guides are Wilderness First Aid qualified.

What kind of footwear should I wear?

This is one of our most common questions, and our recommendation is that for most of our day walks you should wear your most comfortable footwear. Don’t wear your old hiking boots from 20 years ago, and don’t wear thongs or sandals. Bottom line is your runners are probably the best choice unless you have some comfortable hiking shoes or trail runners. In some circumstances you may want footwear with better grip than runners, particularly for muddy winter walks. If you are still in doubt, bring along both pairs and get our guides recommendation on the day.

Who comes on our walks?

Our events are designed for a range of people. Commonly, women between 35-55 years old, with 50% coming on their own for the first time. However we do have a good percentage of couple, ladies and men younger and older… so the answer is everyone. Just come along and you’ll have a great experience with like-minded people.

I don’t have a car, how do get there?

As part of the service we provide, we can assist with arranging car pooling for you. This means we can put people in touch with others to enable car sharing to the walk location.

How much water should I bring?

You are required to carry 2 litres of fluids in a water bladder or bottles for a day walk. During summer this requirement will be 3 litres as it can sometimes be hot and thirsty work out there!

Can I get water when we’re on the trail?

Generally No. We will let you know if water is available at the start or along the way, but we strongly recommend you bring enough for the day.

What kind of people come on these trips, can I come alone?

Our participants are generally people in their 30’s-60’s with similar interests to you. Come along, meet new friends and see why our tours are so highly regarded.

Will there be toilets?

Yes, the majority of our walks have toilets at the start. We will send out information when you make a booking and this will have details of toilet facilities at the start or along the way. Some of our walks start from odd locations and we will let you know if there are no facilities available.

Do I need to bring a rain jacket?

Yes, we recommend bringing a rain jacket if the weather looks a bit ’iffy’.

Do I need hiking poles?

You are welcome to being poles if you use them. We also have sets you can borrow if you would like to try hiking poles before you go and buy some.

What gear do I need to bring?

Apart from bringing your own sleeping bag, we can assist with everything else! We can arrange equipment or assist you to purchase suitable equipment for any outdoor activity. So don’t let equipment stand in the way of your adventure. We also provide a complete pack list, plus a little side list of what not to bring!

What is provided?

We provide all dinners, lunches, breakfasts, morning and afternoon tea and all snacks for the event. We also supply all the cooking equipment and prepare your meals for you – what service!

What should I not bring?

We know you’re new to this, but please remember you have to carry what you bring. So NO spare food, extra extra clothes, spare shoes, radios, speakers, makeup cases, unnecessary toiletries, mirrors, phone chargers, big books, kindles, iPads etc etc etc. Everyone carries a bit of food, so make sure you leave some space in your rucksack.

What does the cost include?

The cost for the event includes all the usual things like bookings, permits, park entry and camping fees. It also includes car pooling assistance, our supportive and motivating guides plus all your food for the entire hike. If you need, we can also supply your tent, mat and rucksack so all you need is some clothes. Our guides also carry all the cooking equipment, plus most of the food and we even prepare it for you!

How hard will it be?

We won’t sugarcoat it, overnight hiking can be hard work! But you know what, the reward is ALWAYS worth it and every one of our clients has revelled in their accomplishment. The biggest factor is overnight hiking is not the walking, not the terrain, or the distance – it’s carrying the rucksack. So our suggestion is to grab a bag, fill it up with stuff and start going for walks.

Will there be toilets and showers?

Mmmm, sometimes… Depending on which walk you book into, some walks have toilet facilities and some require you to go bush. There are NO shower facilities on an overnight hikes, however there are rivers, streams, and beaches though ????

Do I need to bring a rain jacket?

Yes, we strongly recommend bringing a rain jacket if inclement weather is expected during the event.

Do I need hiking poles?

No. You are welcome to bring them if you have them, however they are not mandatory.

What do have to bring on a walk?

We have a suggested pack list here to give you an idea of what to bring. Remember that if you are going to Tasmania with us, your clothing will be different than if you are coming to Alice Springs to walk the Larapinta Trail. Please also bear in mind that we are often transporting all your gear from one location to the next so we suggest that you don’t bring massive suitcases!

What is included?

All our trips include our awesome TSA guides, accommodation, all your meals, beverages, access, permits, and all extras such as gear, activites, climbs, rafting, caving or any of the other exciting activities that appears on our tours. There is never any more to pay, unless you want to buy your own things like a coffee, souvenirs etc.

Are flights included?

No, due to the nature of travel, your location, rewards, preferences etc, we do not include flights.

How fit do I need to be?

As with all of our events, our trips vary in length and difficulty. We suggest you look at the grading provided and have a browse through the itinerary distances. If you can walk 20km day after day then you’ll be fine for the Larapinta Trek, or you may be more suited to wandering around the Bay of Fires and more leisurely beach walking. Remember that you will have weeks to months to build up your fitness before the trip – which we can help with! If still in doubt, give us a call

Will I have to share my accommodation?

Yes, you’ll need to share. However, aren’t you coming along to meet new people? expand your social circles? push your boundaries a little? All our participants are just like you and may feel just the same. We’ll always do our best to provide you with what you need depending on our location, accommodation venue and number of participants.

What sort of accommodation do you have?

Since we run a range of trips and tours across Australia and overseas, our accommodation varies considerably. It might be a bunk room in the desert through to a five star resort for a night.
We always try to provide the best and most suitable accommodation depending on location and availability and also about shared bathrooms…’rest assured we aim to provide the best options for the specific tours’).

Retreats:

What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing- favourite trainers, activewear, something you can move around in easily and always check the weather forecast as a rain jacket and extra layers may be needed, or some swimmers for the hotter months! Comfy clothes to lounge around in for the evenings.

What type of Yoga do you do?
Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga practices are our main focus.

Do I need Yoga experience?
Not at all, our Yoga sessions are appropriate for beginners also.

How fit do I need to be?
All fitness levels can attend out retreats.

How hard are the walks?

All our walks are graded from 2 – 5, with 2 being easy and 5 being hard. See this grading page for more information to help you choose the walk that is right for you. No matter what you do, there is always a TSA guide to support and provide assistance.

Do I need any experience to participate?

No you don’t need any experience, TSA’s activities are suitable for everyone and we also offer training sessions for activities.

What if I have specific dietary requirements?

Our qualified chef and nutritionist will ensure that your dietary requirements are met. Please contact us to discuss any dietary concerns you may have.

What if I have an existing injury or medical condition?

Depending on your circumstances, we can help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us to discuss how our activities can best meet your requirements.

Can I get help getting to the activity?

We can assist with arranging transport to and from an event.

I would like to come but what if I don’t know anyone?

You will when you leave!! All our activities are highly social and have a wonderful vibe. Come along and make some new friends while experiencing the outdoors.

What if I have an existing injury or medical condition?

Depending on your circumstances, we can help you to achieve your goals. Please contact us to discuss how our activities can best meet your requirements.

What if I don’t have a bike, tent or a specific piece of equipment?

We’re here to help, we can arrange equipment hire (additional fees may apply) or assist you to purchase suitable equipment for any outdoor activity. So don’t let equipment stand in your way of an adventure.

What should I bring on an extend trip or tour ?

We have a suggested pack list here to give you an idea of what to bring. Remember that if you are going to Tasmania with us, your clothing will be different than if you are coming to Alice Springs to walk the Larapinta Trail. Please also bear in mind that we are often transporting all your gear from one location to the next so we suggest that you don’t bring massive suitcases!

Who normally comes on these events?

Our events are designed for a range of people. Just come along and you’ll have a great experience with like- minded people.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, generally kids over 12 are allowed under adult supervision. An indemnity form must be signed by the parent/guardian that is accompanying the child.

Do you offer group discounts or multiple booking discounts?

Yes, contact us.

Do you cancel because of bad weather?

‘Bad’ is a subjective term…we will cancel an activity when weather conditions are deemed unsafe for the activity to continue. Otherwise bring your sun hat or rain jacket and let’s get out there…

Do you offer refunds if I make a mistake or can’t attend?

If you make a mistake when you purchase an event ticket, we are happy to assist in rectifying this mistake. In all other circumstances our refund policy can be found on our full Terms & Conditions.

Can I suggest and activity or a place I would like to go?

Absolutely. We love new ideas. Send us a message 

Where can I download a copy of the Navigation training notes?

We have put together a PDF document that outlines all of the topics and information for you to review after you have completed the Navigation training course with Take Shape Adventures. Please click the link below to download your copy.

So take an adventure ! WITH US