Terms & Conditions

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These Booking Conditions set out the terms on which you contract with us for the arrangement and delivery of travel arrangements for your trip. By making a booking with us, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Booking Conditions. We reserve the right to change these Booking Conditions at any time prior to you making a booking request.

Please read these booking conditions carefully, as they apply to all bookings accepted by Crooked Compass Pty Ltd ACN 608 054 646 (Crooked Compass).

“You” and “Your” means all persons named in a booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). “We”, “us”, “our” and “Crooked Compass” means Crooked Compass Pty Ltd.


Please call our reservations line on 1300 855 790 or contact your travel agent who will request a reservation on your behalf. A booking request is accepted when we issue a written booking confirmation and you have paid your deposit. It is at this point that a contract between us and you comes into existence subject to these Booking Conditions. We reserve the right to decline any booking at our discretion. No employee of ours other than a director has the authority to vary or omit any of these Booking Conditions or to promise any discount, refund, or credit.


We commence providing services to you as soon as we accept your booking. This includes (often significant) work undertaken prior to travel to arrange and coordinate the delivery of your travel arrangements. You also receive the benefit of work we undertake in anticipation of bookings. The services we provide to you are limited to (a) the arrangement and coordination of your travel arrangements; and (b) the delivery of travel arrangements which we directly control.


Prices stated are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) and include GST where applicable and are current at the time of publication. The most up-to-date pricing is available on our website. The price includes accommodation, transportation and other inclusions as per the published itinerary.

International and domestic airfares and airport/hotel transfers are not included unless specifically stated. Costs associated with passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, meals (other than those stipulated), emergency evacuation costs, gratuities, and all items of a personal nature are not included.

Crooked Compass reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing.


We reserve the right to vary the cost of your travel arrangements prior to commencement for circumstances beyond our control such as the imposition of fuel surcharges or new or amended Government charges.

We also reserve the right to vary the cost of your travel arrangements due to currency fluctuations. However, we will not vary the cost for currency fluctuations once full payment has been received by us and we will absorb the first 2% of any negative currency fluctuation.

If we impose a surcharge of more than 10% of the cost of your travel arrangements, you may cancel your travel arrangements and receive a full refund of payments made for those arrangements. You must exercise this right within 14 days after receipt of a surcharge invoice.


A 20% deposit per person or $1000 per person (whichever is the greater), is required within 7 days (unless otherwise stated) of us accepting your booking. The deposit represents a fee payable to us for services associated with the processing and confirmation of your booking and any consultations on travel arrangements that we may provide to you. Because these services are provided as soon as we confirm your booking, the deposit is non-refundable other than where we cancel your travel arrangements for reasons other than Force Majeure (see below).

For tours that include domestic flights or permits, payment in full for these is required at the time of deposit. Some hotels may require pre-payment in peak seasons. You will be advised of this at time of booking and these services are deemed non-refundable. For bookings under the value of $1000, full payment is required to secure your place.

Please note that we may not hold any services for you until we receive payment of your deposit, meaning that services may become unavailable, or prices may increase, in which case you will be responsible for paying the increased price, and we will not be responsible if services become unavailable.


Crooked Compass’ Deposit Safeguard (CCDS) is available to be purchased at the time of placing your initial touring deposit on new bookings for Crooked Compass small group tours.

The CCDS allows travellers to cancel their tour for any reason and transfer the value of their deposit, less any non-recoverable components* to another Crooked Compass small group tour, up until 60 days prior to commencement of your Crooked Compass tour.

Alternative tours must be re-booked for travel within 24 months of cancellation, or your deposit will be forfeited.

The CCDS is not combinable with any other offer and is not intended to replace travel insurance.

CCDS does not apply to the following tours:

Crooked Compass Tours by Design, Crooked Compass by Air, Heart of Africa, Raw Namibia, Afghanistan Uncovered, Kurdistan – The Other Iraq, Uncover North Korea, Forbidden Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Socotra – the Lost Island, Pitcairn & Her Islands Expedition, Jewels of Timor.

*Non-recoverable components include products and/or services provided by third parties such as airfares, permits, visas or other items that may require pre-payment as part of our contracted obligations to deliver your tour. Non-recoverable components may vary from tour to tour.


If you request Crooked Compass to create a customised itinerary tour, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $250 towards our administration costs of creating your customised itinerary in addition to the deposit referred to above. This is required to be paid before we commence customisation. This customisation deposit will be applied against the total booking value.


Payment in full must be received no less than 60 days before commencement of your trip. Note: some trips or particular arrangements may require payment earlier or in additional instalments and this will be advised with the booking confirmation.

If you fail to make payment by the due date, we will remind you to make payment. In addition to the payment, you will also be responsible for any costs imposed on us by suppliers resulting from late payment. If we do not receive payment within 7 days after the reminder, you will be deemed to have cancelled your booking.


Credit and debit card payments attract a merchant fee which is determined by our merchant facility depending on your card type. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. International credit cards are accepted with varying merchant fees dependent upon your location. These fees are charged in accordance with Australian consumer law.


Covid-19 credit redemptions

If: (a) we issued you with a credit due to your original travel arrangements being disrupted by Covid-19 and associated restrictions; and (b) you have redeemed that credit for new travel arrangements; then (c) you agree that we will not be obliged to refund you the value of the credit if you cancel your new travel arrangements.

If you cancel travel arrangements that have a value which exceeds the value of your credit (Excess Payment), then we will refund you the Excess Payment amount, less cancellation fees in accordance with the table above (Cancellations by You).


You may cancel your booking by giving written notice to us. We will make refunds to you less cancellation fees in accordance with the table below, calculated from the date which we receive written notice:

· Over 60 days before commencement: Deposit and any additional installment payments required

· 59 days to 45 days before commencement: 75% of the booking value

· Within 44 days or no show 100% of the booking value

The cancellation charges specified above represent a genuine pre-estimate of the losses we have incurred if you cancel at particular points in time.

For group departures, a transfer of a confirmed booking to another departure date is deemed to be cancellation of the original booking.


If due to any illness, suspected illness or failure to satisfy any required tests or vaccination requirements:

· an airline or other common carrier refuses you carriage;

· a hotel or vessel refuses to accommodate you; or

· we or our suppliers (acting reasonably) exclude you from the trip

and you are consequently prevented from commencing or continuing your trip, then:

· if you have already commenced your trip, we will provide you with reasonable assistance to arrange alternative travel arrangements or to continue the trip. This will be at your cost.

· if you have not commenced your trip then we regret we will not be in a position to provide such assistance.

We will not be liable to refund the cost of your trip (or any part of it) because we would have already paid (or committed to pay) suppliers and we would have already performed significant work preparing for the delivery of your trip and servicing your booking.

We will not be responsible for any other loss or loss you incur in connection with your booking (for example, airfares and visa expenses) if you are prevented from commencing or continuing your trip in these circumstances.

We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance that adequately responds to cancellations and curtailments associated with illness and other unforeseen events as soon as you have paid your deposit.


In these Booking Conditions, the term Force Majeure means an event or events beyond our control and which we could not have reasonably prevented, and includes but is not limited to: (a) natural disasters (including not limited to flooding, fire, earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption), adverse weather conditions (including hurricane or cyclone), high or low water levels; (b) war, armed conflict, industrial dispute, civil strife, terrorist activity or the threat of such acts; (c) epidemic, pandemic; (d) any new or change in law, order, decree, rule or regulation of any government authority (including travel advisories and restrictions).

Force Majeure – Prior to travel


· in our reasonable opinion we (either directly or through our employees, contractors, suppliers or agents) determine that your travel arrangements cannot safely, lawfully or reasonably proceed due to a Force Majeure event; or

· you give us notice no more than 14 days prior to commencement of your booked travel arrangements that you cannot reasonably make use of them due a Force Majeure event (for example due to border closures)

then we may:

· reschedule your travel arrangements, but only if you are agreeable to the rescheduled arrangements; or

· cancel your travel arrangements, in which case our contract with you will terminate.

If we cancel your travel arrangements, neither of us will have any claim for damages against the other for the cancelled arrangements. However, we will either:

· issue you with a credit equal to payments received by us for the cancelled travel arrangements, redeemable within 24 months of issue against any travel services offered by us; or

· refund payments attributable to the cancelled travel arrangements less: (a) unrecoverable third party costs and other expenses incurred or payable by us for the cancelled travel arrangements; (b) overhead charges incurred by us relative to the price of the cancelled travel arrangements; and (c) fair compensation for work undertaken by us in relation to the cancelled travel arrangements until the time of cancellation and in connection with the processing of any refund.

Please note that our ability to issue you with a credit may be dependent on our suppliers issuing corresponding credits to us. We cannot guarantee that our suppliers will issue corresponding credits and so in such circumstances we may opt to pay you a limited cash refund as outlined.

Force Majeure – During travel

If due to Force Majeure we cancel travel arrangements after your trip has commenced, we will provide you with a refund of recovered third party costs plus any third party costs we don’t incur for cancelled travel arrangements only.

Force Majeure – General

Where a limited cash refund is to be paid by us, we will use reasonable endeavours to recover payments from third parties attributable to your booking, but we make no guarantee that we will be able to recover these payments either partially or at all. If after we have paid you a limited cash refund (or after we determine that no cash refund is currently payable) we recover payments from third parties attributable to your booking, then we will pass on this payment to you.

We will not be responsible for any other loss or costs you incur in connection with your booking (for example, airfares, insurance and visa expenses) if your trip or particular travel arrangements are cancelled due to an event of Force Majeure.

If we provide you with any alternative services or assistance where travel arrangements are cancelled or rescheduled due to Force Majeure which you accept, then you agree the amount to be refunded to you will be reduced by the value of these services and assistance.

You acknowledge that the terms in this section are reasonably necessary to protect our legitimate business interests. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance that adequately responds to cancellation and rescheduling risks associated with Force Majeure events as soon as you have paid a deposit.

Other cancellations

If we cancel your travel arrangements for reasons other than Force Majeure [or a failure to satisfy minimum numbers], you will be offered (at your election) a refund of all funds paid, or the offer of travel arrangements of substantially equal quality if appropriate. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not be responsible to you for any other expenses or loss you incur resulting from our cancellation.


We will endeavour to accommodate amendments and additional requests. You acknowledge that these may not be possible to fulfil, and for group departures a transfer of a booking to a different departure is deemed a cancellation. An amendment fee of $250 per person will be levied to cover communication and administration costs for any changes to bookings. You will also be required to pay any additional costs charged by suppliers.

NOTE: Once a booking is confirmed, name transfers are not permitted as this will be regarded as a cancellation – See ‘Cancellation by You’ for applicable fees and details.

Once a tour has commenced, all amendments must be made locally with your guide.


Prior to travel

Due to the dynamic nature of the travel industry, we may occasionally need to make amendments or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions and you acknowledge our right to do this. Most changes will not be significant. If we become aware of any significant changes to your itinerary or its inclusions that materially detract from the overall characteristics or value of the trip (where we determine it can still proceed), then we will notify you within a reasonable time and you may elect to:

· proceed with the trip, in which case we will refund you an amount attributable to the reduction in value determined by us acting reasonably; or

· cancel your trip, in which case we will refund you all payments received by us at that time.

If you do not make an election in writing within 7 days of us notifying you of the significant change, then you will be deemed to have elected to proceed with the trip.

During travel

You acknowledge that the itinerary, modes of transport, accommodation and/or the trip’s inclusions may need to change during your trip due to local circumstances beyond our reasonable control, including road conditions, poor weather, changes in transport schedules, and/or vehicle breakdowns.


To the fullest extent permitted by law:

· we will not be responsible for any omissions or modifications to the itinerary or the inclusions due to Force Majeure or other circumstances beyond our control happening after we have accepted your booking. This includes any loss of enjoyment or distress caused by omissions or modifications;

· if you are entitled to any compensation for any modifications or omissions, then you agree it will be reduced by the value of any alternative services we provide which you accept; and

· we will not be responsible to you for any other expenses or loss you incur resulting from any amendment or change to the itinerary or its inclusions.


Any special requests are made on a request basis only. We cannot guarantee special requests, nor will we assume any responsibility or liability if passengers’ special requests are unable to be fulfilled.


No refunds will be made for of any travel arrangements not utilised, whether by choice or because of late arrival or early departure. This includes the failure of common carriers to operate according to schedule, which we disclaim responsibility for.

If you are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and particular suppliers refuse to provide you with travel arrangements, then you agree you will not be entitled to any refund for those arrangements. We will not be responsible to you for any loss or expenses you incur (including loss of enjoyment) if you are denied services in these circumstances.


For security reasons, airlines and our overseas suppliers require names to be given exactly as stated in your passport. If you do not advise the correct information and we have to re-issue airline tickets or other documentation, then you will be responsible for any fees charged (such as airline cancellation charges or re-issue fees) in addition to our own reasonable administration fees.


It is a condition of your booking that you are adequately insured for the duration of your trip. We recommend comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation, medical requirements, luggage, repatriations and additional expenses. The choice of insurer is yours. We strongly suggest you purchase insurance at the time you pay your deposit. This is because cancellation fees and charges are payable from that time.


Due to the dynamic nature of the travel industry, we may need to substitute hotels, vessels and other forms of accommodation with properties or vessels of a substantially comparable or higher standard. We will endeavour to minimise substitutions. You acknowledge that these substitutions will not be considered a significant change.


It is a requirement that you hold a valid passport with sufficient validity and any required visas for your trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the necessary documentation to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries to be visited.. Your passport name must match your airline ticket name, or you may be denied boarding. Responsibility for documentation accuracy, passport validity and dispatch of documents rests with you. We accept no responsibility for any failure in this respect.

Please ensure you review and comply with any visa requirements for the country you are travelling to. You should contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up to date and accurate visa requirements. Should you require assistance with obtaining a visa, please engage a specialist visa processing company such as CIBT visas.

Entry/exit conditions may change abruptly. For the latest info on visas, currency, customs, and quarantine, contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Crooked Compass does not provide visa advice or guidance.


We strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. This is so health risks for yourself and others you come into contact with can be mitigated.

It is your responsibility to obtain vaccinations and preventative medicines as may be required for the duration of the trip. Any information provided by us is given in good faith.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of health and fitness to undertake the trip of your choice. If you have doubts about your ability to undertake the trip, please contact us to discuss your circumstances prior to making a booking request.

Existing Medical Conditions

If you have a medical condition which may reasonably be expected to increase your risk of needing medical attention, or which may materially affect the usual conduct of the trip, then you must advise us prior to or at the time you make your booking request.

We may request you to provide an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If the assessment indicates that you are not fit to travel or will require special assistance which we cannot reasonably provide, then we may cancel your booking. Provided you notified us of your medical condition prior to or at the time you made your booking request, we will provide you with a full refund of payments made [less an administrative fee of $250 per person].

If you fail to provide a medical assessment within a reasonable time, then this will be considered a cancellation by you and cancellation fees and charges will apply (See ‘Cancellation By You’ section above).

New Medical Conditions

You must advise us of any new or changed medical conditions which may reasonably be expected to increase your risk of needing medical attention, or which may materially affect the usual conduct of the trip.

We may request you to provide an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If the assessment indicates that you will require special assistance which we cannot reasonably provide or if you fail to provide a medical assessment within a reasonable time, then this will be considered a cancellation by you and cancellation fees and charges will apply (See ‘Cancellation By You’ section above).

Non-Disclosed Medical Conditions

If any non-disclosed medical conditions mean that you will require special assistance which we cannot reasonably provide, then we acting reasonably may exclude you from the trip. This will be considered a cancellation by you and cancellation fees and charges will apply (See ‘Cancellation By You’ section above).


Special dietary requests are required to be notified to us within 7 days after we confirm your booking. We will endeavour to communicate your requirements to relevant suppliers. However, we cannot guarantee requests will be met by suppliers. It is your responsibility to check that meals and beverages do not contain any allergens. We expressly disclaim any liability for meals or beverages that contain allergens other than in circumstances where we have been negligent.


We offer a matching service for solo travellers who are willing to share twin accommodation, saving on single supplements. Only travellers of the same sex will be matched. There are no guarantees that a match will be possible and we do not warrant the suitability or characteristics of any persons we match. Please do not request a room-match if you snore. Please note that a person we match you with is not responsible to provide any assistance to you. If we are unable to find a match, single supplements will apply.


When joining a group tour, you undertake to conduct yourself in a manner conducive to good group dynamics. If you act in a manner that threatens the safety of others on the tour or significantly disrupts their enjoyment, the tour leader may, acting reasonably, require that you leave the tour. You will not be entitled to any refund for unused services and you will be responsible for any additional costs you incur.


Some trips are based on a minimum number of passengers travelling. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if this is the case. If a trip fails to satisfy minimum numbers, the trip may be cancelled or re-costed. We will give you notice no later than 45 days prior to the trip’s commencement. If the trip is re-costed, you will have the option to either accept the new cost or to cancel your booking. You must make this election within 14 days of receiving notice from us. If the trip is cancelled or if you cancel your booking in these circumstances, we will at your election refund all payments made or credit payments towards alternative arrangements.

We will not be responsible for any other travel arrangements affected by, or any additional costs incurred, as a result of cancellation in these circumstances.


We are not responsible for any additional activities or excursions which are not included in the booked itinerary or which we sell as agent for the principal operator. Any advice or recommendation given by us, a guide or local representative is made in good-faith, based on known information, and does not make us responsible for the acts or omissions of the principal operator of the excursion or activity.



You acknowledge that travel involves personal risks which may be greater than those present in your everyday life. This could be as a result of the adventurous nature of your trip or from visiting destinations which present geographical, political or cultural risks and dangers.

You should consult guidance issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) applicable to the destinations within your itinerary. You acknowledge that your choice to travel is made having had the benefit of DFAT guidance, and you accept inherent personal risks associated with your travel.


You acknowledge that you are travelling at a time when Covid-19 is endemic and that Covid-19 presents risks to your health and may cause death. By making a booking request, you accept all risks associated with Covid-19 infection during travel and you release us (and our directors, officers, employees and suppliers) from liability in connection with Covid-19 infection.


Services supplied by independent suppliers

Where a third party over whom we have no direct control (Independent Supplier) is the supplier of travel arrangements that form part of your trip, you acknowledge that our obligations to you are limited to taking reasonable steps to select a reputable Independent Supplier and arranging for them to provide those travel arrangements to you. Independent Suppliers over whom we have no direct control could include but are not limited to airlines, railway and cruise operators, hoteliers, independent transport companies (i.e., vehicles not operated by us), attraction and venue operators and common carriers.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, we will not be responsible to you for any loss, damage, personal injury or delay attributable to the actions or omissions of an Independent Supplier and not caused by our negligence. Any claims you have in this regard must be made against the Independent Supplier.

Services we directly supply

To the extent only that we are the principal supplier to you of travel arrangements or other services which we control, then we will provide those travel arrangements and services with reasonable skill and care.

We will only be responsible for our employees in the course of their employment, and for our agents and contractors (where we have direct control over them) if they were carrying out the work we had asked them to do.

We will not be responsible for any loss, damage, claim or expense caused by the acts or omissions of yourself, of any other third party not connected with the provision of the travel arrangements or services, or due to an event of Force Majeure.

Recreational services

If we supply any recreational services to you, then to the maximum extent permitted by law we exclude any liability for death, physical injury or mental injury or any other liability referred to in section 139A(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) resulting from our failure to comply with a guarantee that applies under Subdivision B of Division 1 of Part 3-2 of the Australian Consumer Law.

This exclusion does not apply to significant personal injury caused by our reckless conduct.

Recreational services means services that consist of participation in the activities referred to in Section 139A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), being participation in:

(a) a sporting activity or similar leisure time pursuit; or

(b) any other activity that:

(i) involves a significant degree of physical exertion or physical risk; and

(ii) is undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure.

General liability limitation

We will not be responsible for any loss or additional expenses you incur for any missed connections/services attributable to delays outside of our control.

You acknowledge that travel arrangements or services which comply with local laws and regulations will be deemed to have been properly performed, even if this would not be considered the case in Australia.

Australian Consumer Law and corresponding legislation in State jurisdictions in certain circumstances imply mandatory guarantees into consumer contracts (“Consumer Guarantees”). These Booking Conditions do not exclude or limit the application of the Consumer Guarantees other than with respect to the supply of recreational services. Other than the Consumer Guarantees, we disclaim all warranties and guarantees.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, our maximum liability to you under these Booking Conditions, in tort (including negligence) or at law is limited to arranging for the travel arrangements to be resupplied or payment of the cost of having them resupplied.


In the event of a problem with any aspect of your travel arrangements you must tell us or make our representative or our local supplier aware of such problems as soon as possible. This is so we or our suppliers have had the opportunity to put things right on the ground.

If you notify us of a problem during travel and we haven’t resolved it to your satisfaction, please follow this up in writing within 30 days from the end of your travel arrangements. This is so we have the opportunity to pursue the claim with our own suppliers (if relevant).

If you fail to follow this procedure, this may limit your rights to make a claim.


If you place a booking on behalf of another party, you represent and promise us that you are duly authorised to provide the agreement and consent of the other party to be bound by these Booking Conditions. You agree that you will be responsible for any loss or damage we incur if this is not the case.


When on tour, we may take photographs or make recordings of you and your activities that identify you. We reserve the right to use any images and/or recordings for promotional and marketing purposes. You consent to this use and acknowledge you will not be entitled to any payment or other compensation. If you do not consent to the use of your image or likeness, please advise us as least 21 days prior to the commencement of your tour.


Travel documents are electronic and will be emailed to you or your travel agent approximately 21 days prior to the first day of the tour (providing full payment and required paperwork has been received). If you are leaving home earlier, please advise us so that we can endeavour to email your documents before you leave home.


Tours marked as ‘Guaranteed Departures’ are guaranteed to depart, regardless of passenger numbers. However, we reserve the right to withdraw this guarantee and cancel or reschedule the tour due to a Force Majeure event. Tours have been costed on the basis of a minimum of 6 passengers travelling. In the event of a reduction in the number of passengers travelling on any specific group tour departure below 6 passengers, we reserve the right to re-cost the tour and pass on the increased costs.

If the tour is not a ‘guaranteed departure’ and in the unlikely event that a tour fails to attract the minimum passenger numbers, we reserve the right to withdraw the departure and cancel your booking. Crooked Compass will endeavour to advise all parties concerned of the withdrawal of the tour at least 60 days prior to its scheduled departure date. In this circumstance, we will refund all amounts you have paid, but we will not be responsible for any loss or expenses you incur due to the cancellation, including, without limitation, any lost airfares or the costs of alternative travel arrangements.


On tours that offer airport transfers as an inclusion, an airport transfer to/from your hotel will be provided on the arrival and departure day of the tour only (within our ground supplier’s operating hours). Flight details must be provided to us at least 21 days prior to your arrival. Documentation will not be released until this information is provided. Once transfers are booked, they cannot be changed. Only one inbound and one outbound transfer will be included as a group transfer. In the event of flight delays outside our control, the transfers will be deemed to be cancelled. All transfers are based on group transfers, and no refund is available for missed transfers or passengers not using the transfer service. Airport transfers are provided as a service to passengers, and it is the responsibility of the passenger to ensure that any airport transfer will allow them enough time to connect with their flights. We will not be responsible for any flight delays or cancellations caused by the late arrival or departure of an airport transfer, or for cancellation fees associated with a missed flight. You should make any other transfer arrangements at your own cost.


Descriptions of tours, attractions and accommodation provided on this website are based on information provided by our suppliers. Any facilities shown as included may change at any time. We make no representation as to the standard, class or description of accommodation or services provided by third parties. Maps are shown for general information and do not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the general area visited, but not necessarily included in the tour. Many of the images on our website and brochures are supplied courtesy of tourist bureaus, hotels and tour operators. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided to passengers; however, we cannot be held responsible for typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.


Please check with your airline for applicable baggage allowances. Where a tour includes hotel porterage, this includes one standard suitcase per person, and only applies when the passengers are travelling as part of the group. Porterage is not included when passengers check in and out of a hotel at the start and end of a tour. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the tour participant. Baggage insurance is highly recommended.


Please be aware that it is your responsibility to transport all artefacts on your person for official fumigation and cargo shipping requirements. Never offer your guide or local person money to do this on your behalf unless this is an internationally recognised courier company with insurance and tracking information that can be verified. Further to this, any artefacts purchased on Crooked Compass tours are at your own risk for transportation, damage, insurance and meeting local quarantine laws. Crooked Compass is not able to take responsibility for the transportation or delivery or any goods organised and purchased on tour by you.


Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure all services as per your itinerary are pre-paid prior to your arrival, in areas where tourism is still being developed, you may on occasion be asked for additional funds for incidentals such as fuel and water. Under no circumstances are you to part with cash to any crew or local person claiming to work for Crooked Compass. Should you be requested to provide such funds, please contact the emergency contact number immediately for support. Crooked Compass is unable to take responsibility without prior authorisation from head office for monies handed over to crew or local persons.


We retain the right to remove customers from our tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other passengers, such as, but not limited to, the physical, medical, mental inability of customers to undertake the arrangements of the holiday, unsocial or unruly behaviour, or the carriage of prohibited substances or materials. Onward travel arrangements will be at the expense of the traveller removed from the tour.


You must provide a telephone number, email or address where you can be reached, if necessary. Documentation will not be released until this information is provided.


Air travel is subject to the conditions and limitations set out in the airline’s conditions of carriage. Airfares are subject to change at any time.


Where you make a booking through a travel agent, we are not financially liable for the booking until such time as payment has been received by us.

It is the travel agents’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice, itinerary details and documentation issued by us are correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these Booking Conditions.


The contract between Crooked Compass Pty Ltd trading as Crooked Compass and you is governed by the laws of the State of New South Wales. Any disputes shall be dealt with by a court with the appropriate jurisdiction in New South Wales.

If any provision of these Booking Conditions is found to be unenforceable, then to the extent possible it will be severed without affecting the remaining provisions.

Any personal information you provide to us will be collected, stored, used, protected and shared in accordance with Australian Privacy Principles, and our Privacy Policy, which is published here https://www.crooked-compass.com/privacy-policy/

Updated: [25 October 2023]