Kimberley and Northern Territory
Campervan Hire & Self Drive Packages
Trip Planning & Booking Service
Most people need to overcome two major hurdles when planning a trip to the Kimberley region and/or the Northern Territory :
- You need to put an itinerary together that includes everything you want to see, in the time you have available, and that is actually doable.
- You need to decide on a car hire company.
Both issues have the potential to make or break a trip, the latter in spectacularly costly fashion.
Most of my readers are aware of this and the resulting flood of email questions is never ending.
That's why I am thrilled to finally be able to offer you help.
Or rather, that we are able to offer you help.
Time does not allow me do this myself or I would have already been doing it all those years.
But luckily I know someone who actually has been doing it all those years!
When you book a campervan or self drive package with Bluey Travel, you also get the benefit of their experience when putting your trip together!
Bluey Travel offer a great 4WD/accommodation and campervan booking service and with that comes the benefit of a trip planning service for no extra charge. (In other words, the packages are fully customisable.)
Booking your 4WD or campervan and your accommodation through Bluey Travel will not cost you more than booking with the providers directly. Guaranteed!
Yet you can get extra help, perks and special deals that you will not get if you book yourself the usual way, such as...
- Free WA national park entry as well as El Questro Station Wilderness pass.
- Bluey Travel work with several car hire companies and will make sure you get a vehicle that is suitable for your needs,
in excellent condition, equipped with everything you require for your particular trip, covered
by the right insurance, and you can get you unlimited kilometres with
that deal as well! (You can not get unlimited kilometres when booking direct.)
- Here are some ready made Kimberley itineraries to get you started, and here are even more that include the Northern Territory as well.
You can also create your own itinerary from scratch.
- If you left things too late and it seems like everything is booked out, they will try to help you find availability and tweak your plans so that you can still see all the places you want to see!
- You also get a personalised travel pack, unique and specific to your itinerary. It is printed, bound, and will be mailed to you before you travel so you have time to read it, prepare and ask us any questions.
The pack includes maps, photos, information, and recommendations that you won’t find elsewhere. It is an invaluable resource that you will refer to every single day.
Theoretically, if you know exactly
what you want to see, then this travel
pack could even replace a guide book.
However, I still strongly recommend you do get the respective
Destination Guide anyway, and to get that first.
To decide that you want to visit a place you first need to know about
Only in reading the Destination Guides will you become aware of what
a region has to offer, how to plan and prepare for your trip, and also how that may change with the seasons.
You will also discover countless gems that you would never have found otherwise. (Bluey Travel will be happy to include these places in your itinerary. But many smaller places are NOT included in the sample packages you see on the website.)
have received countless emails over the years from people who told me
that once they had read my guide book their plans for their trip totally
A Destination Guide gives you a detailed insider look at
the whole region that only a local can give you.
The travel pack offers
photos, maps and specific suggestions which the Destination Guides don't, however it is
restricted to the places that you actually visit, and you only get it
after everything has been finalised.
My strong advice: Don't finalise a trip to this region without having read the Destination Guide for it!
You can get the Destination Guides here:
Here is one last perk, and it's certainly not the least!
You can contact Bluey Travel any time while on your trip!
You will have access to their mobile phones and they are available to you
anytime if you need assistance. If any issues arise during your trip, they will help you.
This has come in very handy for my readers, for example when getting
stuck somewhere due to unseasonal rain.
(Which, thanks to climate change, is becoming more and more common.)
For example during the unseasonal
rains in 2016 the Bluey staff worked around the clock and re-arranged peoples
itineraries, re-booked their accommodation and worked with suppliers to
avoid no show fees for their customers.
Bluey Travel have great relationships with
all the suppliers and they work with Bluey to help their customers.
When you look at all of the above it becomes clear that what Bluey Travel offer is a lot more than certain perks and savings.
The customised self drive packages offer you a huge saving in time and headaches during the planning stage as well as wonderful peace of mind before and during your trip.
I don't think you could put a price on that if you wanted to!
But how can they offer this seemingly
too good to be true deal?
The answer lies in the business model, which is very simple:
Rather than charging you for this service, Bluey Travel earns a commission on your car hire and accommodation bookings.
This will NOT make your booking more expensive! They guarantee this!
Why not? Because this is how the internet works these days. It does not matter where you book, there is always somebody earning a commission, usually without you being aware of it:
- Either it is the booking site where all the accommodations are listed.
- Or it is the person who referred you to the car hire website.
- Or it is Google or another advertiser, where the car hire company has to pay for advertising.
- and so on... Somebody earns that commission.
The only exception may be a remote cattle station that you ring directly to make a booking. In that case there won't be a third party earning on your booking. Instead the accommodation providers will keep the fee, you could say as payment for taking the time to deal with enquiries themselves.
Your price, however, is still the same!
Your bottom line price is always the same, and it also is with Bluey.
The only difference is that they are transparent about how they make money doing this.
And that, because they have long established relationships with the car hire companies and accommodation providers, they can get you extra perks that nobody else can.
And of course, that they can help and assist you in all the ways I outlined above!
So that's how it works.
There is a downside also:
This business model also
introduces restrictions: the free service is obviously only available to people who
are booking their vehicle and accommodation through Bluey Travel.
It is a
very work and time intensive service. Unfortunately, if you have
your own vehicle, at this time we can not provide you with that level of free help.
(I am working on a solution for this.)
Organising self-drive holidays since 1999.
In that time Bluey Travel have helped thousands of customers travel the equivalent of over five million kilometres.
Customers are extremely diverse, including young families, couples, groups, travellers with limited mobility through to two elderly ladies who wanted to explore the Bungles and Gibb River Road by 4WD on their own.
They regularly get international visitors who have never driven a 4WD and are used to driving small hatchbacks and catching public transport in Paris or London.
Whoever you are, whatever your dreams, whatever your fears, Bluey Travel have helped many others just like you in the past and therefore know exactly how they can best help you.
So read those Destination Guides, beg your employer for an additional week off, and once you have your travel dates and a draft itinerary...
...get in touch with Bill Karis and his staff at Bluey Travel!
Travelling to the Kimberley?
The FREE Kimberley Pocket Guide
A great introduction to travel in the Kimberley region and along the Gibb. This free resource will answer all the questions you might have in the early stages of planning a trip.
The full Kimberley travel guide shows you how to make the most of your adventure at Australia's last frontier. Destination Kimberley includes the most detailed and most current guide to the Gibb River Road available anywhere. Also called "The Bible" by its readers.
Travelling to the Northern Territory?
Destination Top End offers the same comprehensive, detailed insider information for the tropical regions of the Northern Territory. Be the best informed traveller in the Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge national parks and beyond!
A must have if you travel to or from Darwin.
NEW! Destination Red Centre is the latest addition in this popular series. Monica Coleman takes you through Australia's red Outback heart, offering all the detail and insider tips that you have come to know and love about our guides. With special emphasis on Aboriginal communities and culture.
A must have if you travel to or from Alice Springs/Uluru.
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