Name: Tracy Foley
Name of the outfitter: Desert Venturer Bus Tour
High end tour, mid-range, or budget? Mid-range
Where did you go? How many days? What was the number of people?
This was a 3-day tour that left from Cairns and crossed the Atherton Tablelands and Outback to reach Alice Springs. My group had 22 people in it and we rode in a full-sized, air conditioned (nice and new!) coach. We stopped at a waterfall and Porcupine Gorge for hikes, a cattle station for a short hike/look at Aborginal rock art, the Waltzing Matilda Museum, and Aboriginal community, the smallest pub in Australia, the smallest town in Australia (consists only of a pub!) and several other sites along the way. The first night we stayed in rooms over a small pub, the second night we stayed in bunks on a sheep station. The last day of the tour was rounded off with a pizza party and drinking at Melanka’s in Alice Springs.
Recommend this company?
Why or why not?
The bus was clean and comfortable, as were the accomodations. The food was excellent, we even got a home-cooked meal on the sheep station, and we met a lot of fantastic locals along the way. The scenery was amazing, I can’t even describe what it’s like to look for miles and see NOTHING… it’s an incredible feeling though!
What’s one piece of advice for going on an adventure?
Get over any privacy issues you may have ASAP. There aren’t many toilets in the Outback!
What was your guide like? What was his name?
I forget the guide’s name, but he was fantastic. He knew a lot about the people and places we visited and he was funny and interesting. He joined in the fun, such as playing in the pool competition and various guessing games with us. Most importantly, he made me feel safe. Even when our coach got a flat tire on a deserted road, I felt like I was in good hands and was still enjoying the trip.
What was your opinion of the tour company?
A good quality company