There are many options for travelling Australia:

Car campervan, bus, hitchhike, or tour. It's worth thinking about the benefits of taking a tour when deciding on how you will travel in Australia.

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You've Got Limited Time

Chances are you are weighing up how much you can see, in a limited time, with a limited budget. A tour allows a happy compromise between these variables. The tour is designed to see as many highlights in an area in a limited time in the best way possible. They move faster than you might think especially when it's a small group - most tours are on average about 15 people.

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Information from your guide

It's one thing to see Uluru (Ayers Rock), it's another to have the geology, ecology, and cultural significance explained by a guide. Unless you are the type of person who is going to read up in depth on every place you are going to visit, then a guide is an indispensable font of knowledge to explain the nuances of the area you are visiting. The guide also provides the safety of their experience and insight - you won't be led into places or situations in isolated areas you alone would not know how to extract yourself from.

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You're Travelling Alone or want to meet people

The camraderie of travelling for multiple days together with like-minded people is a powerful force. You'll start as strangers and in all likelihood make new friends. What you see and share will be a bond that you will always share.

 

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Quality, Consistent Experiences

Tours rely on good word of mouth from travellers having good experiences every time. That means tours and guides have reduced the margin for a bad experience. They go to the best spots, not necessarily the known spots. Where there are additional operator inclusions, they use businesses they can rely on.

 

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Value For Money

Tours are sometimes thought of as more expensive than other independent travel options. That's because people are often comparing a bald tour price with the price per day of, say, hiring a car. What isn't necessarily considered are the inclusions of camping equipment, petrol cost in remote areas, meal inclusions (and tour meals aren't cheap packets of two minute noodles) and included activities that might be part of the tour price ie. surf lesson, wildlife cruise. If you make that calculation and add in the intangible value of your guide, then you will understand the value of your touring experience in real terms.

 

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Access To Areas

In places like Kakadu National Park, the sealed roads are limited. Many of the really interesting, beautiful spots are only accessible on four wheel drive tracks. You might be the type of person who wants to go to get off the beaten track, to really experience outback Australia. You can't do that in a hire car or without specialist knowledge and equipment. If you're in Western Australia at Karijini National Park, it's unlikely you would even attempt to descend into the gorges here without a guide. To do so isn't safe especially if you are travelling alone.

 

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It's Easy and Stress Free

Hey, you're on holiday! Why worry about where to go, when to go, and how to get there. That's what your guide worries about. You just need to sit back and enjoy the experience. No need to worry about where the next fuel stop is, to worry about getting good fresh food, to worry about knowing how to pack everything in.

 

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Australia is a big country

Unlike other countries, Australia is a huge country-continent. That means large distances to travel between sights, alot of driving. It also means attractions are often in isolated areas with limited facilities and accommodation. Guides are professional drivers with your safety at heart. It takes more than 5 hours to drive from Alice Springs to Uluru (Ayers Rock). A tour lets you sit back and enjoy the journey rather than being too exhausted to enjoy the place you have travelled so far to see.

 

 

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