Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tagalong tour?

A tagalong is a hassle free escorted self-drive adventure! We take the stress out of planning and booking. You drive your own 4WD in the company of like minded people.

Why tagalong with Swagalong?

Our experienced tour leader takes you safely to the best spots on the Cape, sharing his extensive knowledge of the peninsular with you. Our carefully created itinerary ensures you have the hassle free tour of a lifetime!

What 4WD experience do I need?

None! As long as you are familiar with your car’s operation, you will gain all the experience you need. We are on hand to help to navigate and guide you over the many types of terrain you will experience.

Do I need any training?

No. We are always on hand to assist if you are unfamiliar with any techniques. But feel free to take a course if you wish!

What type of 4WD vehicle is suitable?

You will need a vehicle with a transfer case that allows the driver to select high or low range. Unfortunately AWD/Soft-roaders are not suitable for the tracks we will be on. If you are not sure, please get in touch and we will be able to advise you.

Can I hire a 4WD?

Yes. If you don’t have a suitable car then please get in touch and we will point you in the direction of some specialist 4WD hire companies.

What modifications does my 4WD need?

Most important is to have a set of all-terrain or mud-terrain tyres in good condition. You will also need a UHF radio and we would suggest a fitted unit with antenna for convoy communications. Rated recovery points will help us get you out of any sticky situations. After that we would suggest a good set of aftermarket shocks & springs and, whilst not required, a 2” lift usually makes for a good touring setup.

What happens if my car has a problem on the trip?

Our tour leaders have a good mechanical knowledge and a full toolkit is kept in our lead vehicles. Most problems can be fixed roadside but, if not, we will get you to a repairer or to a location where you can be recovered from. We recommend you have the top level of roadside assistance cover.

Can I bring my trailer?

Yes, as long as it’s a heavy duty off-road camper that is capable of touring on rugged tracks with some potentially deep water crossings. There is a small surcharge to cover additional ferry and camping fees.
We can also help if you need storage in Cairns. Give us a call and we will be able to give more advice.

Can I bring my children?

Of course. They will love it and learn so much more than they would at school!

What should I pack?

We will send you a full list of suggested clothing, equipment and food in our booking confirmation pack.

Do I need any training?

No, but feel free to take a course if you wish! We are always on hand to assist if you are unfamiliar with any techniques.

What will our camp sites be like?

We camp at a combination of caravan parks, National Parks and on station properties. All sites have been selected to offer the best experience at each location.

What toilet facilities will there be?

Every campsite has either flushing or composting toilets. Most days there will be some facilities on our travels but you should be prepared to use the bush toilet on occasion.

When can I have a shower?

With the exception of 3 nights in National Parks, all campsites have showering facilities. The two nights at Eliot Falls offer exceptional freshwater swimming so there is only one night at Chili Beach where you may need to go without.

What happens if I become unwell?

Our lead vehicle has a comprehensive first aid kit. Our tour leaders are trained and certified in First Aid and CPR which is renewed annually. We carry a sat-phone so we can call for help from anywhere. We also have a map of RFDS runways and medical kit locations on hand.

Do I need to pay for any extras?

The prices page lists all inclusions. Generally you will need to allow for food and drink, fuel, any tours you do from Seisia and any souvenirs you buy.

Do I need to book anything?

Only if you want to do something on your free day in Seisia. We suggest you book that yourself, well in advance. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with this as there are plenty of options!

What will the weather be like?

Usually great - dry and sunny but not too hot or humid!
Our trips are during the dry season - In Bamaga, average monthly rainfall is under 10mm and average daytime temperatures are in the high 20’s dropping to the low 20’s overnight. The southern part of our trips average in the high teen’s overnight.
Make sure you have provisions for a cool night or a rain shower - just in case!

How many people will be on the trip?

We have a minimum 2 and maximum 8 cars. A typical trip will be 10-12 people.

Will we have time for sightseeing and relaxing?

Plenty! We run very relaxed tours. During the day we will traverse amazing landscapes and stop at significant points of interest. You will have plenty of time to stop for photos. We try to make camp early so you have time to explore the area on foot, wet a line or watch the spectacular wildlife.

How much driving will we do?

We aim for 3½ hours driving per day. A couple of days are longer and a few are shorter. We average about 170km per driving day and the return trip from Cairns is about 3100km.

What is a typical day like?

We start each day with a morning briefing around 8am. We will stop for morning tea around 10am and lunch around midday. Depending on the itinerary, we try to tie these stops in with points of interest. The trip leader will share their knowledge with you at every stop and you will have time to explore and take photos. We aim to set up camp mid-afternoon which gives you plenty of downtime before settling in for the evening and a chat around the fire.

Do you need a deposit?

Yes. We require a small deposit on booking to reserve your place. Please see the pricing page for more information.

When is full payment due?

The final payment is due no later than sixty days before departure.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we will be able to help!

Ready to start your adventure?