You’ve got to love an advanced Eco-Accredited desert tour company that declares their business “started on passion and plastic”. Just like its sounds, Wayoutback Desert Safaris was financed with maxed out credit cards and a couple of troop carriers in 1999. However, where they were scant on capital, they were rich on insider knowledge and a love for Central Australia.
From its humble beginnings, the business has been committed to providing authentic tours that are culturally and environmentally sustainable to ensure our wonderful red centre experiences will endure. And unlike the large desert tour companies, Wayoutback is owned and operated by locals. Every adventurous traveller knows the golden rule to really experiencing a destination – find a local.
The Wayoutback team provide their popular desert tour to small groups (maximum 16 people) in 4WD vehicles. Their main focus is on central Australia, which they know extremely well. Like all good local guides, they also have great contacts in and around Alice Springs, on surrounding cattle stations and on Aboriginal communities.
While the company is small and local, Wayoutback Desert Safaris is made up of professionals and has earned the respect of their peers. In 2010 they won the Brolga Award, the industry’s highest accolade for the best tourism products and services in the Northern Territory.
A typical desert tour with Wayoutback includes bush camping in true Australian style – cooking food over a campfire and sleeping in swags under the stars after a day of 4WD outback touring. Wayoutback has also developed unique experiences for travellers, particularly indigenous, photography and bird watching safaris.
Some of the tours include taking in Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon and West MacDonnell Ranges in the red centre. Plus there’s the amazing Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) as well as other national parks in the Top End.
Wayoutback now also offers fully guided and catered walking tours along parts of the Larapinta Trail. This famous walking trail runs for 230 kilometres along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges, beginning from the Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs before winding through a variety of spectacular desert environments.
The principal of Wayoutback Desert Safaris is to provide local guides for small groups, who provide an insight into the land and its people while engaging in eco-sensitive activities. By travelling with small, intimate, locally-run groups, you can really experience the heart of Australia.
Take a look at Wayoutback Desert Safaris’ website for more info on these spectacular tours.