The tour was awesome and if I ever get the chance I will tour with Wayoutback again. Great food and Adam was excellent with the kids. Loved Kings Creek Station campsite.
Butorac Family – Australia
FANTASTIC – thank you to Belinda, Glynn & Chris
Southern Cross University – International Students – U.S.A. & Spain
• Belinda & Paul were the best tour guides I could possibly imagine. They were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was far better than expected.
• This was a great tour, perfect guides – I had a great time
• Such great Tour Guides that made my trip unforgettable
• Excellent Guides – very fun, educated & responsible
• Our Guides were amazing and made our experience special. I would definitely recommend them to others.
• Paul & Belinda are excellent guides & their passion & enthusiasm kept the group in high spirits
• Loved it !
• Both Guides were fantastic
• The trip was an amazing experience. That was a perfect way to see Central Australia
• Fun, knowledgeable & out going guides. Amazing Food
• Great Leaders. I had a blast – one of the best weeks of my life !
• Fantastically planned, organized & wonderful Tour Guides
• Paul & Belinda were both awesome and the experience far exceeded my expectations. Their attitudes and enthusiasm made this a great trip
• Tour Guides were incredible! – Very fun & amazing food. Extremely helpful & enthusiastic
• Belinda & Paul; were excellent guides. They are safe & provided an excellent experience – Loved it!
• The guides were amazing. They made the trip worth the time and the cost.
• I had an amazing time !!!! The guides were very educational and allowed us to have a lot of fun. Best experience of my life ! – Thank You !
• What was your best experience on tour – ALL OF IT !!!!
I had the best time ever with you, and I will definitely be back. I want to do the trip WA/NT border and the Larapinta.
See what I twittered about you.
Horses on their way. xxx
Twitter Comments :-
Australia for a week? Everyone said I was crazy. But i have had a cornucopia of delight in the Northern Territory...Art, animals,country
Loved my time in Alice Springs so much I am already planning my next visit. I want to walk the 246km Larapinta Trail ( www.walkingcountry.com.au ). Anyone want to come?
Just had the BEST time ever with Wayoutback Safaris. Phil Taylor is a real life Crocodile Dundee and knows Everything about the bush.
Rebecca HOSSACK – London – United Kingdom
(Rebecca is a world acclaimed Aboriginal Art dealer - The Wayoutback Team)
Sigrid Hummel & Family - GERMANY
Our individual trip was a total success (like you predicted). Although at first we were slightly disappointed that the "boss" himself didn't accompany the trip, we were more than happy with Chris. He has a rare talent to be present without interfering and managed our heterogeneous family very well. We greatly enjoyed the trip with Wayoutback. Especially the first camp with the luxury shower and sleeping under the stars was great!
Greetings from Germany.
Stuart Wheaton & Family – United Kingdom
The family had a terrific time, the kids thought it was fantastic. The car, swags, campsites in fact the whole concept of going private was amazing.
Family Charter Comments
Kearns Family – Sydney
Fantastic in every way. Chris was wonderful, a great campfire chef and gave real personality to the tour – Fantastic, Unforgettable experience - Thankyou
Vrodos and Galanopoulos Family – Adelaide
We had a fantastic family trip which allowed for good family bonding & provided a great experience of camping and Central Australia. The walks were great and Annabelles guidance/information was exceptional particularty in captivating the children. It was a great insight to our natural treasures.
Thanks a lot.
Ros Hooper Family – Sydney
Josh was a fabulous guide, full of bush knowledge and know how. We felt completely safe and in trusted hands all the way. A true aussie larrakin. Even our 21 month old loved the walks holding his hand. Thanks for the marvellous experience
Dan & Jackie Phillips & Family – Sydney
Initial end of tour response:
Our guides were fantastic, they looked after all of us ( 4 adults & 6 kids) extremely well. Both guides were incredibly knowledgeable & always considered our safety. We loved the entire experience.
Follow up response:
I just wanted to add again how much we all enjoyed our adventure with Wayoutback. The guides were great with the kids and made the trip very memorable. We have many friends with kids and will certainly be recommending Wayoutback to them. Thankyou so much for the experience.
SYNCHRON Investment & Insurance Solutions – Australia
Corporate Gala Dinner in the Outback – 43 persons
We had a great time and do thank you for the extra effort you put in to make the night a success for us.
Don F Trapnell
ROTARY - IMFR Group (43 persons) – Dertour (German & French)
After the fantastic tour with you, Chris and Annabelle we had a good flight to Sydney, checked in at the Menzies hotel, which was nicely located downtown. Everything important in walking distance.
But truly nobody will ever ever forget the wonderful days in the outback. You have done a great job and first of all the organizers Keith, Mark and me are so thankful, because it would have been us to be blamed if that would not have worked out. I think the children had a great time and got along so good that the parents had to take it easy. Yes, it was a trip with many K, with ambitious walks. But I am sure most of the group would do it that way again. I would.
If planning the next group – and I do plan to make this tour again – I would be able to give more information about what you offer. One has to see self, not on YouTube, texts, pictures.
Your cooking is still a miracle to me. My personnel favorites were the bread, the beef the last evening and the raisin apples with the fantastic muesli (porridge) the next morning. Your job is to be adored: The first to get up, the last to creep into the swag. Your way to get the moods of the group. To direct and draw to the points, to encourage where needed, always to find the right word to everybody. This is your capital.
Thank you again. You three are responsible for many good bye tears at the airport. And if you ever need recommendations give my mail address to anybody you wish.
If anybody is on Facebook see look for firstreisebuero Goettingen and rotarianrun. A link to the pictures is here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.209307665790311.59226.130679110319834&l=c2bd0ac5b7
Well, Phil, work is waiting. Let’s stay in contact!
I’ve heard from 3 people so far – they loved it , Paul the guide gets a fantastic wrap.
We send out a survey to everyone via email. Once we have more feedback I will share the results with you.
Please send my thanks to paul – the guide is critical to the success of a group and obviously Paul was a great fit! I hope he enjoyed it too.
The couple is a surprise in such a small group; a bonus for them!
Looking forward to offering your trips on a long term basis and I we can continue to keep the interest for discovering the red centre.
Thanks for delivering a brilliant tour!
Justine Waddington | Director
arendezvous travel & leisure
CHARTERMASON Group/ Territory Discoveries
Just a short note to say thanks for showing us a great time over the weekend. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. On a personal note, I really enjoyed your company and will endeavor to get back to see more of the centre in the coming years. I think the 4WD trip is for me where we can just go and stop when and wherever we like and take our time. I'm thinking of the big 12 month trip!
All the best, and who knows, if and when I get back there I may look you up to share a coldie.
*Josh* is a real asset to Way Outback. He *made* the trip. Josh is non-stop and worth his weight in gold. Does he ever sleep? He did everything, on time and thoroughly. The younger kids want to *be* Josh when they grow up, he is a great role model. ****
*Cooking over an open fire* every night. No sooner had we stopped and unloaded the swags than the fire was going and a pot was on. I have never seen anyone handle a shovel in the fireplace like Josh did, a real pleasure to observe. And when we awoke to Josh’s cheery call, the pot was already
*Tucker. *Excellent breakfasts, lunches and dinners. First time to eat kangaroo meat for most of us, and it was just fine. Ample portions plus damper every night. Everyone had a job to do, everyone was involved.****
*Hermannsburg Mission* General store and servo. Josh gave us a heads-up before we stopped there, just that we would see things that we would never see in our daily western lives. It was certainly an eye-opener. The visit was good for us and probably good for the community too.****
*Kings Canyon* was the scenic highlight, a lovely walk, varied, not too long, not too hard, not too hot. A MUST.**
*Sunset at the Glenn Helen pub.* The cliff face behind the pub catches the setting sun beautifully, it glows red.****
*Quiet time at Rainbow Valley*. For a few minutes Ricky got us all to just sit quietly with our thoughts in the valley surrounded by the bluffs and rock art and just soak up the silence and the history. ****
Next time I come to the Red Centre I will definitely bring our *walking boots*. Esther (I think) advised us that sandshoes would be OK. The advice should be ‘If you have boots, wear them” Boots make walking on sometimes very rough tracks safer and easier. Even around camp boots are better.
A fabulous trip, we thoroughly recommend WayOutback for a true Aussie adventure. Not to be missed.
Bob and Sue Worsley
We had a great time with you touring the Outback! Thanks a lot for your great organisation of the tour, your facinating stories and the yummy food you cooked for us on the fire! I think I never had such a delicious potato-pumkin-cheese casserole before:-)
The journalists were more than happy with the whole tour! Thanks again!
PR Account Manager
Adam & Partner
Northeastern University - BOSTON, USA
“As an urban socialite this tour was very different for me, I loved learning about the Culture and environment and Annabelle and Josh made it feel awesome”
“The guides were amazing and very personable they were friendly and fun to learn from and talk to. Josh and Annabelle taught me really useful knots that will help me later in life”
“Josh and Annabelle were a pleasure to work with and learn from. Josh made my experience humorous yet informative and i truly appreciated their time. This experience really changed my life”
“Annabelle and Josh were both very knowledgeable and friendly. The sites were beautiful and the food was amazing!!!”
“Awesome tour, the guides and sights were amazing. Meals and campsites were great just an overall unbelievable experience. So glad I took part on this, I enjoyed every minute!”
“Loved our tour guides and their wealth of information”
“Annabelle and Josh were the right mix of serious and good natured and made us all feel comfortable”
Marketing Girls from Alice Springs
“The HENS Tour”
Phil, thanks for an awesome time. Really loved getting away from it all and not being contactable. Can't wait for the trip in September. Your an awesome guide and I'll be telling people about this weekend for a long time to come.
Glad to hear the fingers are going to live. ; - )
Cheers big ears.
Mr Taylor - am very pleased to hear that your hand has been checked and is healing. Very relieved.
Well guys, you will be happy to know that ‘we’ are the envy of the east coast……….the crew I spoke with yesterday are EXTREMELY jealous of our good fortune (as they should be) hats off to you Mr Taylor……I have no doubt that there are some looking at things through very different eyes….
PHIL YOU ARE A BLOODY LEGEND!
Glad to hear your poor fingers are recovering nicely
Thank you so much for converting me to camping... Can we please, please, please book again for September? Remember you promised me roasted witchetty grubs and honey ant bums!
I had such an amazing time! The company, the camping, the food, the vehicle... Everything was perfect
St. Phillips College International Convention Tour
Had an excellent 3 days. The guides were extremely informative, professional, helpful & caring
Excellent Experience for the Group
Enthusiastic, Efficient & Fun Guides. Always upbeat, cheerful, respectful & keen to share their knowledge. Interacted well with the young teenagers.
Amazing Guides, delicious food, they kept us busy and had lots of fun
Fantastic Private Campsite. Very enthusiastic & friendly team of guides. Loved it – Thank You
Fun Fun Fun, Excellent, very enjoyable & learnt a lot.
"Just went to a Junior Round Square Conference. Before went on a pre-conference tour of some of NT. Thanks guys especially Co-KT, The Russ Bus, Summer Steel, Stinga and all you other guys who helped out. Had one of the best experiences ever! Thanks guys keep up the good work."
Jonathan 'Maverick' Lim
Re Tregoning/Fane Charter
This is very late, but I was just going through my emails and it reminded me that I need to write to you.
Please could you pass on our huge thanks to Steve for his part in making our trip from Alice to Uluru so special. I knew how incredible your bit of the world is and our trip has only added to that – it was also a huge relief to me because I did not know how the other members of the party were going to like it! As it turned out, it was universally voted the highlight of our Australian adventure.
As good he was, I also know that Steve was the ‘front man’ for an obviously well thought out and carefully planned organisational set up, so our thanks to you and the guys ‘behind the scenes’.
Thanks again for some once in a lifetime memories – we are looking for swags in England now!
Best wishes Simon Tregoning & Fane Families – United Kingdom
A quick note to let you know that we had a fabulous trip.
The beauty of the country was breathtaking. But the highlight of the trip was our guide Steve. He was very well organised, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. He was a great companion to travel with and an excellent bush cook. As you predicted both my girls were very taken by his friendly ways, great character and good humour. For us, the parents, the whole trip was a real treat …camping with a butler! The brief was to experience remoteness as much as possible and Steve managed to show us the NT main attraction with a minimum interaction with the other travellers. We even went through King’s Canyon and the lost city and palm Valley by ourselves.
I will not hesitate to recommend your company to my friends.
Nadège Suné , Tom Carson and Family
Just a quick note to let you know we really enjoyed our tour, it was well worth while. The trip though the bush track was great.
Plus we would like to congratulate Andrew on his great work as a guide. He was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and nothing was to much effort for him. He was sensational and we enjoyed his company. We thanked Andrew, but we thought it is important we give you the feedback directly.
Please pass on our thanks to him again
Thanks for the tour and the tour guide
Dale, Janine, Mike and Judy
Wayoutback email response:
Good Evening ALL,
Thanks for the feedback – That’s great you had a good time and yes the bush track is something special. Be assured that your thanks will be passed onto Andrew, he will be chuffed
Thank you again, and if we can be of assistance to any of your family friends or colleagues don’t hesitate to let them know
Response from Mike:
Judy and I have travelled extensively in Australia since I semi-retired in 1997, we have done over 20 tours and I can emphatically say that Andrew has been the "Best Guide", we have travelled with by a "country mile". His "Can Do Attitude" and Professionalism was outstanding.
I am delighted you will be passing this on to him.
Phil, I will be delighted to recommend Wayoutback Safari's and Andrew to my family, friends and colleagues, in fact I already have!!.
I hope this finds you well, & that the floods didn't have bad concequences for your tours.
this is "only" 4 months late. Firstly, my apologies for not having contacted you earlier, I could give you 1000 reasons, but really....they're only excuses.
Secondly & more importantly, I have to thank you for a most wonderful experience. What you organized for us in the centre, could not have been better in the frame time we had.
I can't sing your praises enough & the others are with me in this. I obviously didn't read the itenerary very well, & as a result the " sleeping under the stars " with only the starry blanket of the sky above us, was a HUGE surprise for me too. & although a bit apprehansive to start off......EVERYONE was EXTATIC about the experience, & SOOOOOOOOOOO proud for having done it. My sister in law repeated to whomever wanted to hear," I had to wait to be 74yrs. old to sleep under the stars!!!" As I said before, EXTATIC!!!!!! My brother in law,(80 yrs.old) had the experience in Algiers, during the war. VEEEEEEEERY different circumstances. I could continue to tell you what the others felt & are STILL saying, but
I'd need a week to put it on paper.
Many, Many thanks for managing to find us Aurelie ,the French guide. It really made all the difference, the necessary touch to a perfect holiday. She was lovely & fun & added the right ambience . For those few days we were ..... a family.
Young Brad, was a fabulous guide/driver. Wise, witty, fun, & very proffessional. Both him & Aurelie couldn't do enough for us. & ALWAYS with a smile. They were prompt , energetic, patient & knew just the right way to handle people. We appreciated them enormously.
They had given us their email addresses but we lost them. Could you please pass on our thanks to them, & let them know that we think of them fondly, & our invitation to stay with us if ever they are in Melbourne still stands. This offer extends to you too by the way. & do not hesitate to take us up on it. It's our way. We 'd love to have you here. & no strings attached!
Our "Aboriginal " experience was very interesting, informative & unforgettable. A special treat, especially for for those of us who love ancient cultures & their mythologies. Craig is an eccellent teacher. Loooooooooooved the time spent with him,& learnt a lot.
In short, from the above, I think you can deduct that the tour you organized for us was.........
A TOTAL SUCCESS !!!!!! for each & everyone .
T H A N K Y O U ! ! ! !
Please say hi to your lovely secretaries.
Paula Faucheur.- Melbourne Australia & France
Just wanted to send a word of thanks to you and let you know how GREAT Brad was!!
Eventhough we only had a short time, I feel that thanks to you and to Brad, we really were able to make the most of our trip. Brad was so easy to get along with and did everything he could to make our trip so enjoyable and informative.
Our two daughters LOVED him… He took such good care of them and went out of his way to make sure that they had a great time. Isabella, my older daughter said “ Brad is like a daddy to us, because he makes sure that we are safe when we hike so we don’t get hurt!”
Thank you again, and please send a HUGE thanks to Brad from all four of us here…
As discussed please find below the details of Wayoutback the company we went to Uluru with.
The trip was amazing and I can highly recommend the professional but fun way the trip was organised. If you have any clients looking for a fantastic experience in Australia, this is the place for them to come!!
I would also like to thank you for organising the first part of our Australia trip. It was amazing!! We stayed in some wonderful accommodation, and it was really great to go on holiday and not have to organise everything – that made it a REAL holiday!!
Dear Tour Director,
I wish to express my gratitude to your company and to our tour guide Brad who supervised the five day trip with fifteen International Students. These students mainly from Germany had never experienced the “Outback” before and enjoyed every moment of the journey.
Brad was excellent with the children and was very informative about the culture and varying landscapes. He is a very capable driver/cook/tour guide and worked extremely hard to make the trip a remarkable experience. I was incredibly impressed with Brad’s overall professionalism and it is his input that made all the difference for myself and the students.
International Student Co-ordinator
Narrabeen Sports High School
FEY, DOBSON, WILLIAMS, NAVRATIL & COLE Families – SYDNEY - Australia
Thank you so much for a fantastic tour last week. We all agree it has been the best holiday ever. Your hilarious commentary keeps being quoted at home by all the kids. We were so lucky to have the opportunity to see so much and learn about the Aboriginal culture from Craig. The cooking was delicious and amazing to see and now Edward wants to live outside in a swag at home. We look forward to traveling with you again and sending our friends up for a holiday experience with you.
thank you for a brilliant holiday, the kids and adults all had a ball. We loved all your funny stories and expert driving. We all have a new love of camping and outback travel. Thanks for all the fun and laughter, keep up the boxing.
Narelle Fay and family
Hi Phil, Shona and Georgie
A million thanks for taking us on such an amazing tour. I'm back in Sydney but my mind is still out there, its rather surreal.
You looked after us so well, the food was great, loved the bush camps especially the Curtain Springs and the river side ones. I particularly loved learning about the outback animals and plants and aboriginal stories from you guys. Meeting Craig and being shown around some of his property and hearing his stories was also brilliant.
It was such luxury to have you guys do all the hard work leaving us to just soak up the experience. The kids loved every minute and Clementine has gone off to school with her boomerang today all ready for show and tell.
I'll just have to dream about the next trip now..........
Take care and many thanks
Fiona Cole & Family
We have just sent off Thank you cards to Tracey for the wonderful holiday my family we had with you guys. I also wanted to Thank you personally for looking after us from Curtain Springs and the action packed drive we had stopping to examine camel bones, kangaroos etc. The kids really loved it (despite Georgie's rude comment about your driving ability). We enjoyed meeting you and sharing in your knowlegde of the area as well as hearing your other stories. The damper was also a hit.
Hopefully we will get the chance to do another trip sometime down the track as we really loved the whole landscape and especially the West Mac ranges and remote camping spots. So many Thanks for all your effort!
Sally & Stewart Gough & Family
Ed & Thia BENICIAR & Family – Sydney AUSTRALIA
Thankyou for an unforgettable adventure. Our family will not forget the time spent with you for many many years - Thia
Thankyou for being a great guide and great company - Ed
Thanks for your knowledge, experience, sense of humor & culinary skills - Arielle
Thankyou so much for an unforgettable experience. You’ve been a fantastic guide - Miriam
Thanks for showing us the Red Centre, all the discussions and answered questions. It has been an amazing experience – Efrem
Thanks for showing is the Red Centre and a great time - Hasklell
I'm sorry we missed you in Alice at the end of our adventure.
I would like to have told you in person but this will have to do instead. Our trip was an outstanding success in every respect. All of the participants thought it was the best family holiday we've ever undertaken. The planned route was great, the vehicle was terrific and we all thank you for upgrading it. The troopie would have been fun but that distinctive bus was much appreciated and enjoyed. As you promised the swags were fantastic and we all thoroughly enjoyed our four overnight camping experiences.
Leaving the most important factor till last I cannot overstate the contribution that Adam made to the success of our holiday. We found him to be a first class guide who was able to 'connect' with all three generations with ease. The driving was good, the fauna spotting was good, his commentary was very satisfactory, setting up camp was always enjoyable and his planning and execution of meals was quite outstanding. All told he is a very professional and likeable guide.
You will have gleaned from the above that I am a very satisfied customer and I hope that my glowing reports of our Wayoutback experience will bring you more business in the future.
Bryan Wilson Family & Friends – Australia & USA
We are still talking about the 4 day Red Centre safari you took us along, and in the process making many an acquaintance and neighbour green with envy.
Once again, thank you for a great experience and for the high professionalism you have shown at all stages of the trip. You run a “class outfit”.
Ed, Thea, Miriam, Arielle, Haskell and Efrem
Nash Family – Australia
Perfect Central Australian Experience for our family of seven. Guide was Superb
Fantastic, No Fuss, No Stress way to take all the kids camping in swags & see the Red Centre. Would not have wanted to do it any other way. Well Done !
I Want to do it Again !!!
GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN TOURISM REPRESENTATIVES
It was a great experience to camp outside under the stars and drive through this stunning country side. We had 2 great guides who gave us enough information about Australia and who made us laugh very often. I'm happy, thankyou for the great trip guys, Great. - Christine, TUI Resisecenter Neulacker
Everything was perfect organised. - Denise, ADAC
Everything was absolutely Great! - Christine, Der Reisecenter TUI Gmblt
It was perfect. I have never seen such a lot beautiful things in short time - I'll never forget. In my opinion the tour was perfect. Phil is the best camping cook in the world! - Barbara, Reiseburo Idealtours Gmblt
I have never seen so beautiful things in my life before! It was perfect I would change nothing. -Astrid, Reiseboro Bunte Urlaubswelt
Best Tour Ever!!! All Perfect thanks to Phil & Danny. - Jens, Reiseboro Foerster Gmblt
Everything was Great, Perfect Organised, I enjoyed the trip, it was a great adventure. For me the tour with Phil was great, he explained so much - Really Good. - Carolin, First Reiseburo Binder
For me it was very important to see the outback. And I must say it was a great experience to camp outside the stars, to see the wildlife and the beautiful nature. We had 2 great guides and they gave us enough information. Unforgettable, Thankyou for the nice trip, guys - It was Great. - Sylvia, Reise-Insel
Everything was beautiful & very interesting. - Heike, First Reiseburo
A Great experience, a lot of fun with Guides Phil & Danny. - Marco, TOP Travel Agency
Couldn't do any better. - Melanie, Reiseburo Prima Sol Gmblt
Amazing - get you back to nature, absolutely well organised - couldn't do any better. - Susanne, Kladow Reisen
Many Thanks to Phil & Dan. A great & unforgettable experience. Dan & Phil made an excellent job!! The knowledge from Phil in geology, botany & aboriginal history is great. Their kind, friendly & helpful way gave us a good start in our Outback adventure - Absolutely Great. - Martina, Holidayland Reiseburo Sieker
ALL PERFECT - the best tour I have ever made. - Eva, Reiseburo Brandt
I would like to thank you for the FANTASTIC family trip we did last week. A massive thanks also to Brad, our guide. Great guy, big humour. It was a holiday we'll never forget. The 40th anniversary cake we asked for was to die for and we loved it that you arranged our favorite drinks. !!!!!
Thanks again very much for all your efforts.
Peter & Melanie
ToCo Australia Pty Ltd.
Peter van den Bremer
Noosaville d.c. QLD 4566
The Prices – Somerset UK & Aust
GERMAN STUDENT GROUP
Pawelak & Sawicka Families – Poland
Polish & English translartion
Sensacyjna Po prostu zdumiewającą doświadczenie, najlepsze robimy Tankyou-Tak Tak Tak
Simply an amazing experience,the best we do
Tankyou - Yes Yes Yes
VOLKER ADAM – Tiwi Media LIEPZIG Germany
Hi Phil, - Best Memories, Great Time, Big Adventure ! It really was a pleasure to have you as a guide, outside in the western MacDonnell’s.
Next time we’ll have another couple of beers at Bojangles
Best Regards - Volker
Hallo Phil, - Beste Erinnerungen, Große Zeit, Großes Abenteuer! Es war wirklich ein Vergnügen, Sie als ein Führer draußen im westlichen MacDonnells zu haben.
Nächstes Mal werden wir ein anderes Paar von Glas Bier an Bojangles haben
Mit besten Grüßen - Volker
Laura Moran :- North Eastern University BOSTON Massachussetts
Brad and Phil,
Thank you so much for the past five days. I had the best time and I believe everyone else did as well. I truly didn't believe that I would have as much fun as I did but I was pleasantly surprised.
I hope that I'll be back to australia someday and into the outback again. but, for now I'll have to bring what I learned with me back to the states. My damper probably wont taste as good cooked on my firepit in the back yard and I'll surely confuse a few people with "no dramas" but it will keep reminding me of some of the best times I have ever had.
I've not had chance to drop you a line since our trip to Central Oz late last month.
I can only speak positively of the experience. The trip exceeded all of our expectations in so many ways – sleeping in swags, spending time with Craig at his Aboriginal community, and my personal highlight…camping in the middle of no-where on night two! Of course the attractions of Uluru & Kings Canyon were also great, made even better by the way we were carefully navigated away from the crowds – in particular the Uluru sunset with just the four of us at the campsite rather than going to the viewing point.
All of this was made possible by our fantastic leader Andrew Lawson. Between Natalie & myself we’ve travelled on over 20 Intrepid trips, and we can say with no hesitation that Andrew was one of the best leaders either of us have had guide a trip. His knowledge was fantastic, the trip ran perfectly, he took us away from the crowds & shared many a real life experience! The next time we travel within Australia we’d certainly want Andrew to be our leader.
Industry Sales Manager - Australia, UK, Europe & North America
real life experiences...
I just wanted to take the opportunity to write a short note of thanks for a recent tour with Wayoutback.
My partner and I were part of a five day tour hosted by Jason.
As short as it was, it will long be remembered as a outstanding holiday experience. The scenery, culture, food, transport were all remarkable, but the highlight was the privilege of travelling with Jason.
He made a great holiday into an exceptional one. Five days of laughs, bad jokes, even worse singing and some great bush cooking are what made the holiday so special.
As a tour operator myself, I walked away from the experience with some great memories and benchmark examples of how to create and host a memorable tour. My partner and I appreciated the attention to detail. The drinks at Uluru sunset, a glass of port around the campfire, grub hunting and extended walks. We also loved the opportunity to meet Robert at Oak Valley.
I’m pleased to say I had the opportunity of hosting the Tourism Australia Vice President and Regional Marketing Manager of the Americas on one of my own tours this week. Suffice to say I spent half of the trip promoting your business.
Please pass our appreciation to Jason.
Sean Blocksidge & Erin Davey
The Margaret River Discovery Company
MEELEE FAMILY - California USA, CORRIGAN Group - Australia
Like nothing I've ever been on.
These tours are highly dependant on the enthusiasm & quality of the Guide - Phil was fantastic - A genuine Aussie, patient, highly competent and well educated culturally, botanically etc etc. Again many thanks Phil, we really had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Great variety & diversity of Sites & Camping locations. We enjoyed & learnt a lot from Phil's education sessions. Phil was flexible,patient and very personable. I really appreciated his ability to handle all types of people.
Well Done Phil - how one pulls out all these amazing places combined with the day to day responsibilities and stay sane amazes. I had a hell of a time - Thanks.
The constant variety given constraints that bobbed up was amazing. Loved the Learning - about everything - A major highlight for me.
ESTER MOSOV AND FRIENDS - Estonia
The Charter exceeded our expectations & we would definitely recommend your tour to other travellers. "TERVISEKS" - for health!
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY - Utah USA
Our guides were AMAZING. They worked non stop and kept great attitudes when things got rough. They are patient, friendly, fun, safe and knowledgeable.
This was spectacular. I loved all the beautiful places. The guides and trainees were simply amazing. I actually enjoyed working with them when we were in difficulty and we had so much fun along the way. I hope I can come back soon to do this tour again. Thankyou.
The Guides all deserve a raise.
Loved it - Phil and Jason were Great. Will definitely do this again. Thankyou for everything, I LOVED every part of the trip.
Amazing - My best week in Australia.
We did run into the odd patch of trouble on the tour and all I have to say is that the guides are AMAZING. They remained upbeat, didn't get stressed, they were just perfect for our group. The guides made the tour!
The tour was amazing. I loved the attitudes of all our guides and I loved getting away from the main road and seeing apart of Australia very few will ever get to see.
This was amazing. I totally did not expect any of this. I couldn't ask for a better time. I loved the passion and care the guides had for the culture and us. Thanks Guys.
I had a totally cool time.
Quite possibly the best week of my life. I loved the overall itinerary and the tour guides who were both knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Would go again in a heart beat!!
I loved every second of the trip - especially our forced stop at "Billabong Beach". Really this trip was absolutely fantastic...amazing....wonderful. The guides were great and I really appreciated their respect of us. I will never forget this trip. Go Russ Truck.
Guides were great, kept up the enthusiasm despite the tough times we had.
All the tour guides were great and made the experience awesome.
I loved the experience. I think it went so well because everyone had great attitudes. I loved that the guides were so into everything.
I had a blast this trip. Our difficult times added that extra excitement. I was so impressed with the positive attitudes of our guides no matter what happened. I trusted them completely with my safety. They were so much fun.
MOORE/GREGORI FAMILIES - Australia/UK
The adaptability of the tour to cater for the kids was perfect and the chartering of our own vehicle was a huge success.
Jason made the experience better than perfect. His knowledge and enthusiasm was constant.
Jason - We had a lot of fun and would be happy to come again.
Managed to see lots of the sites others don't and enjoyed the experience .. and the swimming - Ooh La La !!
Had a great time camping under the stars, the swimming was awesome. We saw loads of wildlife.
Jason did a terrfific job and is great with kids.
Jason managed to ensure everyone had a great time + really worked hard to make it such a fantastic experience. Loved the balance of walks + sights + stories + culture + wildlife. Thankyou so much - it really has been 5 days to remember.
THE DIGIULIO CLAN - Italy
Wonderful Tour - I'm very Happy.
Very Good Experience.
A Really Great guide, I like all the experience.
CAIRNS EXPERIENCE ITALIAN GROUP - Italy
Simply the Best Guide.
In a word - PERFECT.
THE KLUCKOWS - Sydney Australia
Just a short note to let you know that we all thoroughly enjoyed the trip - great weather, great sights, great camping and Caz was 'awesome' in the words of all of our kids. It really is important when you are out for 5-6 days with one guide to have someone who is likely to be compatible with the group as well as resourceful, full of information and enthusiastic. Our kids really bounced off her enthusiasm from the first minute we met her to the last night out in Alice. Caz was a perfect choice and really made our trip - Thanks!
Wayoutback's concept of smaller groups and organised exclusive/bush camping in isolated places is what most people I know want to do. I encourage you guys to continue to offer the small group/unique camp site experience and try and attract family groups who may not have camped much before and may not have even considered a camping trip because of pre conceptions. Your web site can help draw these groups in - photos (lots) are really important and certainly influenced our decision to go with you. Our kids took almost 600 digital shots!
There is no doubt that we will recommend Wayoutback to our friends as the perfect way to experience what the NT has to offer. It was a great experience and our kids(and us) will remember the million star hotels we stayed in way after the memories of the alternative of the 4/5 Star resorts would have faded into just another hotel! Another special thanks to Caz - she really was exceptional in her approach to our trip and all aspects of the experience.
Regards, Martin Kluckow & Philippa Ramsay
THE LOVERINGS - London UK
Just wanted to say what a fantastic trip we had with Andy and Michael. It surpassed our expectations. The children had a great time. The pace and the variety really worked out, thanks to Andy really working hard to re-design the schedule to fit our needs. It was great to get such a multi-dimensional experience.
Both Andy and Michael provided great context for the trip, and their sensitivity to the environment and the culture of the place was much appreciated. I think you are on to a winner because of that combination of Andy's great leadership and Michael's "local" knowledge. I really hope that you are able to build further on our trip.
Also wanted to thank you for all your time in sorting out the trip and putting such a good team together. All the best, Peter.
TANYA - Sydney
Hello Phil and Lindsay, Just wanted to extend my thanks for the brilliant tour and experience you provided me on the outback of Australia. It was truly one of the best holidays of my life and gave me a completely different picture of what Australia is all about! Must admit I do prefer my creature comforts (i.e. bed as appose to the swag with howling dingo's surrounding us) but would not hesitate to come back for some more adventures with your team at Wayoutback .. I have lined up a few colleagues and friends to come and visit you there for a similar adventure (god help you!!) Take care and all the best.
THE CURTIS-TALBOTS CLAN - UK
Andy was a Legend - Great Cook, Great Scenery, Great Tour.
In two words - "Bloody Rippa", An excellent Tour, excellent sense of humor & great company, was disappointed that we missed the Crystal Champagne Flutes (in the outback) - would happily have drunk straight from the bottle.
THE HIRDS - Sydney Australia
Phil did an outstanding job particularly with the demands of 3 children.
Fantastic - really enjoyed the entire trip.
Phil was great with the kids and he is great with animals.
Bloody Rippa - Will never forget it.
Phil is a great guide & great with kids - A great Tour.
THE CATSOULIS CLAN
Phil, Just a short note to thank you for a fantastic NT experience! Everything was great from the food which was supplied in abundance to the itinerary which worked to perfection. The kids (and the big kids) loved every thing we saw and did from Ormiston through to Uluru and the Bush track from Kings Ck station through to Curtin springs. The girls also loved the bush camping experience and sleeping in swags (we managed to convince them not to use tents!).
However the big difference from our perspective was our guide Luke. His laconic manner instilled immediate confidence and the kids adored him! Nothing was too much trouble and his flexible approach and good humoured nature really worked well with the group of 6 girls ranging upwards from 5yo. We really appreciated all his help, patience and consideration.
Many thanks once again. We would certainly recommend Wayoutback to anyone looking for a unique and flexible NT experience!
DUGGAN CLAN - Adelaide, South Australia
Brilliant Holiday. Jason was fantastic. Quietly very well organised which made our holiday wonderful. Such interesting places and hikes as requested. Meals were superb (the chocolate was really nice).
WEIS GROUP - Luxemborg
The experience was just amazing. Phil (zoom zoom Dundee) was absolutely perfect, a great provider, improviser and safe and secure - A wonderful experience.
On behalf of our group of friends - all we can say is Thankyou, Thankyou + Thankyou - simply amazing.
Hello Phil, We should have gotten to you much earlier since it is already 3 weeks we are at home ... The Whitsundays were great - Sydney was great also, with the bridge climb, the Opera, The Botanic gardens etc - BUT best of all was the time in the red center, and we realize that it was so good because of doing it with you. Everything was quite perfect. The car, the swags, the meals, the camps, the roads, the sites .. but above all the way you introduced us to the country, the people, the history, the wichiti grub and the black sauce did the magic. I think we are spoiled travellers, but we seldom had such a good experience. And this is the real story.
BRIAN - Utah USA
Phil: I have come to think of our time in the Outback as an indispensable part of our Australia Adventure. Thanks for the very colorful and memorable time together. I have had a beautiful picture I took in King's Canyon with a ghost gum against the rock walls enlarged and framed. It now hangs in the most prominent place in my den. It brings back many wonderful memories for me. We had a reunion recently to watch the slide shows of our time in Australia. We all long for the wonderful way of living we found there. Thanks again.
Marc, Katherin, Cristoph & Phillippe JOYE - Switzerland
We had an Excellent tour and are extremely thankful to our guide Luke for his very good knowledge, his patience & flexibility. We have been very satisfied as it is not always easy with 2 young children. We felt secure at all times. We'll be glad to recommend your company to friends.
Isin KORKUSUZ Group - Turkish
Dear Phil, Even though it is nearly a month( took us a month to recover!!) since we completed our tour , I still wanted to write this email to give you a more thorough feedback about our trip to Outback.
To sum it up, it was wonderful!! Our special praise goes to our tour guide Jason! He was incredible! From dawn to dusk, he never stopped. His never ending energy and efficiency amazed us all. He always tried to make our journey enjoyable and complete. To top it all up, tell you what, you should taste his cooking - Top chef - Delicious.
The places we visited and our route were fantastic. We all had a very memorable holiday. Thanks to you and to Jason.
SUPERB!! Feels like we have been on holidays for 3 weeks - not 3 days. Jason was very efficient in a relaxed way - Just Great. Variety of plants, animals amazing for such an arid place. Makes you truly appreciate the tough existence of the Aboriginal people.
THE ROBERTSON GANG - United Kingdom & Oz
Hi to those at Wayoutback, Well what an awesome time was had by us 9 poms! Trooping off at the crack of dawn - with anticipation high - we were not to be disappointed. Our gorgeous young 'fit?' tour guide had no idea what had decended into his truck.
He contended amazingly with 5 loud and energetic boys - a few drunks - and the odd domestic. Luke's knowledge of the area - local customs and language, cooking skills, fire building, were great. His concentration and skill off road driving were quite exceptional - nothing was too much trouble - and he put himself out to ensure the whole party was catered for.
I am convinced that there are very few - if ANY other tour companies that can claim to have such a professional competent and capable guide in their employ - and to this end you are very lucky to have him.
Thankyou SO much Lukie XXX - Emma & the Gang.
PROFESSOR MARCUS BREEN - Boston, USA
Hi Phil, Greetings from Boston!
I trust this finds you well and enjoying your work. We arrived safely back home and the students have successfully completed their write-ups of the Dialogue of Civilizations trip. In their write-ups they all commented on how much they enjoyed the Way Outback aspect of the travel and you and Jason as wonderful leaders, guides and cooks.
Thanks from me especially for making it a great event. I anticipate doing it again in and around similar dates next year, if you are available and willing - Prof Marcus Breen
HAYES/VINE/CLARK CHARTER - Melbourne, Australia
Excellent, Educational, Opened my eyes to the Aboriginal dilemma. A City Slicker who loved every minute.
Tour was great, Great campsites. Phil showed us animals on & off the road. Great Transport. Phil was great for a joke. Great getting bogged.
I like the aboriginal life and how they used plants to help them.
Before I came on this trip I was having a few doubts but it has been one of the best things I have ever done.
I was very impressed with the vehicle and it was great observing Phil master our meals over the open fire - truly amazing.
Loved it all - The experience was a Bloody Rippa - Thanks Phil.
Loved the trip especially enjoyed the isolation of the camping sites and the "true" outback camping experience. The Bush Toilet at Kings Creek was a highlight and so was the "bush track crossing" between the two cattle stations.
Loved that open air shower & getting bogged, simply added the drama to a wonderful experience.
DAVID, TAYLOR, MACKENZIE and MARCIA - USA
Hello Phil: Have been meaning to email for ages since our return to the USA. Got straight back into "life" & its demands!
Just wanted to say how much of a blast we (David, Taylor, Mackenzie & I) had out there in August. Much of our fantastic time was due to you; I truly appreciate it. I loved everything we did, from the swags to the campfires to the hikes to the Taylor wines. The scenery was striking, the hikes fantastic. Being in the bus all together was reminiscent of childhood days at camps & 'pathfinder' groups- what a blast we had. Thanks for your guiding, information, cooking, stories, & openness to our massage sessions & our singing. We couldn't help ourselves!
Thanks again for a fantastic experience - Marcia
THE STAPLETONS - Brisbane
Phil the trip was fabulous, yes we did get rained out, the weather was much more humid than we expected BUT Mark was just the best, the Milky Way at 4.15am was the highlight. He made the trip so relaxed and laid back, adapted to two teenagers brilliantly and two grumpy old farts. What more can i say than please pass on our thanks to Mark, he is a great guide, cook, driver and even has a good taste in music.
Please let him know that Ben broke out a smile as we landed in Sydney when he found out that he had got sponsorship for Uni. It ended for us what was a perfect week. I would highly recommend the trip and am happy for you to use me as a testimonial. Once again thanks, plenty of food and wine and great company and knowledge.
GERMAN AND FRENCH VISITATION GROUP
"Just keep it that way". I didn't imagine it like that & it turned out to be even better. All my regards & congratulations to Jason who made it even more special - nice cooking. I thought it would be nice to just walk and take pictures but it turned out to be way more than that. Meeting people, helping out, it was like one big happy family with one elder, the wisest, Jason. The food was great, the fires made the evenings magic. Thanks to Wayoutback & thanks to Jason
Brilliant - had so much fun and learnt more than was thought possible. I had planned to leave at the end of 3rd Day to experience another part of Central Australia but had to ring and change my plans. I couldn't leave - I had to stay for the Full 5 Days - Simply UNFORGETTABLE.
It's one of the Best experiences I've ever done - Thankyou Wayoutback, Phil & Jason.