About Us

So, who are these Adventure Tour guys?

Old ATAThat's a really good question. Grab a cup of tea, pull up a chair and we'll fill you in.

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia and New Zealand. We're a bunch of Aussies and Kiwis that have been leading travellers through the Outback, the South Island (and a thousand other places) for over 21 years.

How we do this is pretty simple. We take a comfy, state of the art 4WD or minibus (with superhuman air-con), fill it swags, damper and about 15 fun-loving travellers, then head out into the wild. These aren't your standard bus tours. We specialise in the real deal: sustainable, red dust adventures, expert guides, cold beer and exclusive contacts with local Indigenous communities.

We've got a variety of trip styles available too – from a swag under the stars to permanent camps with soft pillows – so no matter your budget, experience or appetite for adventure, there's a shady billabong somewhere with your name on it. And for those after a private trip or group charter, we haven't forgotten you either.

So, that's us. Now it's your turn. Reckon you're ready for a proper adventure? Get in touch and tell us all about it.

Where did it all begin?

Old ATA guidesThe early 90s were important years for Australia. Sydney learned they'd be hosting the Olympic Games (then immediately phoned Melbourne to brag), Queensland officially said no to daylight saving (voting to all get up early and surf instead) and a bloke called Ken from the outback town of Alice Springs came up with an idea.

We could say it was an idea to create the country's most trusted and awarded local tour company, but it was simpler than that at the beginning. In those days backpackers were flooding into Alice, but with no real way of getting to Uluru (Ayers Rock). All Ken did was buy a bus (it was a bargain), hand out some flyers and begin driving them there a couple of times a week.

Within six weeks, this little start-up was running tours every single day, and Ken couldn't fill them fast enough. The bus became a fleet, one knowledgeable local guide became several and the idea for Adventure Tours Australia was born.

Today, it's still the little things that matter: expert guides, a few new mates by your side and raw, down-to-earth adventure. That's why we're number one when it comes to grassroots, sustainable travel throughout Australia and New Zealand (and we've got the awards to prove it). The close ties we've built with Indigenous communities means each trip is backed by over 21 years of touring experience and over 40,000 years of knowledge and story. It's something we're very proud of, and something you definitely won't find on your standard bus tours and day trips.

This is our backyard – all eight million square kilometres of it – and there's no one who knows it better. 

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Why choose Adventure Tours

We Rock!

We introduce you to future friends from around the globe and provide a genuine Aussie experience that can't be matched by driving the highways or riding regular public transport, here's why...

We've been around for over 20 years

Our wealth of experience and expertly trained guides will make your time with us memorable.

We've got the best guides in the business

Our guides undertake a comprehensive training programme, featuring first aid, driver training, mechanical operations, bushcraft, geology, botany, history, cooking skills, national parks and Aboriginal culture.

What's more, our guides are fun, driven and passionate people who love sharing their favourite Australian spots with travellers like you every day!

We offer three unique tour styles

Choose from Unleashed, Explorer or Safari, to match your travel style, sense of adventure and budget! Our tours are also designed for different group sizes and fitness levels, giving you even more freedom to choose.

Our prices include all the extras

Like national park fees, most meals and the best activities around. Plus, we give you time wherever possible to take on optional extras like helicopter rides, bungy jumping and swimming with whale sharks, to name just a few.

You get a real Aussie experience

Experience remote 4WD adventures in the outback, visit famous Aussie watering holes, camp under the desert stars and explore Aboriginal culture experiences. Our tours are designed to reward you with that unique taste of Australia.

Our tours educate

As well as being fun and informative, our tours introduce you to the wonders of Aboriginal culture, flora, fauna, geology, botany and the history of our continent.

We use exclusive accommodation

Some of our favourite accommodation spots include sheep and cattle stations, wilderness lodges, beach houses and an underground bunkhouse in Coober Pedy. You may also get the chance to sleep in a swag (Aussie bedroll) under the outback stars, or in modern safari style tents; it all depends on your chosen tour style.

We care about the environment

We believe in sustainable tourism and are active in taking initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint. We are a Climate Action Certified tourism business and plan to keep it that way. We use the eight principles of Eco Certification in selecting and maintaining campsites, our transport fleet and equipment on tour. Also, our guides are trained in all aspects of eco friendliness including waste management, use of resources and emissions.

We've got shiny awards

In 2014 we took home the award for Best Tour Company and Best Activity for WA at the Australia Adventure Travel Awards. 

We've also won the Golden Backpack Award for Best Australian Operator in 2013 and 2011, voted by backpackers worldwide.

Our Tour Guides

Adventure Tours guides are not your average tour guide!

Our guides are not only a source of valuable information about the geology, botany and Aboriginal culture of their region, but they are also the mechanic, the cook and the entertainer.

Our Tour Guides 

Adventure Tours Australia guides are not your average tour guide! They are not only a source of valuable information about the geology, botany and Aboriginal culture of their region, but they are also the mechanic, the cook and the entertainer.

All guides complete our comprehensive in-house training program, which incorporates food preparation skills, mechanical and driver training, customer relations, a St John's First Aid Course and an accredited certificate from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). This ensures that our guides are professional and in possession of vast and accurate information and skills to conduct a quality, safe and fun tour! Few companies can boast such an intensive and complete training program.


Training outstanding guides

A good tour guide can make or break your holiday, which is why Adventure Tours Australia makes sure our guides are not just good, but exceptional.

Not only are our guides fun, driven and passionate people who love sharing their favourite Australian spots with travellers like you every day, they are skilled cooks, entertainers and drivers and possess a wealth of knowledge to provide insightful commentary about the geology, history and culture of their region.

Before they take their first tour on the road, Adventure Tours guides must complete a thorough in-house training programme, giving them the ability to conduct a quality, safe and fun tour and ensuring our travellers always experience the best of what Australia has to offer.

The comprehensive 16 day guide training programme features theoretical and practical on the road training. This covers first aid, bushcraft, geology, botany, history, cooking, food handling and catering skills, and knowledge of national parks and Aboriginal culture. They are also skilled on leadership, communication, group dynamics, presentation delivery and research skills.

As part of their qualification, guides undertake a St John's First Aid certification and an accredited certificate from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), covering Aboriginal culture and regional geology, and also complete the highly regarded Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tour Guide Accreditation through Charles Darwin University.

"Few companies can match the intensive and complete training program we offer", David Thompson, Group Sales Manager said.

"As Adventure Tours takes travellers to some of the most beautiful but isolated destinations in Australia and New Zealand, it's essential that our guides have all the skills to deal with anything that comes up, whether it's a query about the landscape or local culture to a serious emergency. The safety and well being of our passengers is taken very seriously and something we pride ourselves on as a company."

"Not only are our guides hand picked for their skills and talent, but for their fantastic people skills. They know how to ensure everyone has fun on their tour and gets to know their fellow passengers. In the end, it's all about improving the passenger experience".

After the guides have completed the comprehensive training programme, they then undertake an on the road traineeship with a senior guide. During this time they further develop their skills, knowledge and confidence as an assistant guide on up to five tours, enabling them to hit the ground running when it comes time to conducting their first solo tour.

Due to the outstanding talent of our thoroughly trained guides, they are more than often the first to be highlighted by happy Adventure Tours passengers in our online tour reviews.

Here are just a few mentions you can read from happy passengers, or jump on one of our tours and see for yourself how our guides can make your adventure exceptional.

"Tour guides Nathan (Kakadu) & Duffy (Alice - Adelaide) made every day better than the last. Friendly, helpful and they gave that little bit extra to make it unforgettable."

"Matt is an excellent guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, funny and a great singer and cook."

"Our field guide (Luke) totally made our trip with his knowledge of the culture, the geology and the history of the area."

"Went with my parents and sister on the 3 Day Uluru Safari and we all had a wonderful time, the guide had a lot of knowledge and obviously loved her job."

"Duffy's organisation was exemplary. He had games, quizzes, 'getting to know you' introductions, drawing competitions etc perfectly timed during the long bus trips. All supplies for such activities seamlessly appeared from his box of tricks as if by magic. His routines for cooking, cleaning and packing up camp were organised with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun."

"Our guide knew how to 'read' the group extremely well. He knew how to get the shy to speak up, how to reach out to those who were struggling and how to have a good laugh with the more gregarious of the group. He made you feel part of a team."

"Our guide's strict adherence to occupational health and safety concerns gave me the utmost confidence in both him and your organization. He made sure people were drinking enough water and paying attention to their surroundings in a fun and informative way."

Want to read our tour reviews online? Like us on Facebook and check out our tour reviews app.

Interested in becoming and Adventure Tours guide? We are always on the lookout for talented guides, check out our recruitment page

Our Tour Styles

We offer three unique tour styles designed to make your adventure unforgettable, no matter what your budget. Whichever style you choose, our experienced friendly guides, exclusive accommodation offerings, purpose built vehicles and freshly prepared food are all part of the experience.

Company Profile

Adventure Tours Australia is an award winning travel company specializing in small group tours carrying international visitors and Australian travellers.

With over 20 years experience, Adventure Tours offers a large range of product across Australia and New Zealand. From the outback to the coast, Adventure Tours offers three unique tour styles of UnleashedExplorer and Safari, catering to a range of markets.

With expertly trained guides, freshly prepared food, exclusive accommodation options and a wide range of activities, Adventure Tours provides its passengers with a genuine Aussie and Kiwi experience.

Passengers can immerse themselves in Aboriginal or Maori experiences, camp under the desert stars, enjoy remote 4WD adventures in the outback, or laze about on pristine golden beaches.

As well as being fun and interactive, Adventure Tours introduces passengers to the wonders of Aboriginal culture, flora, fauna, geology, botany and the history of Australia and New Zealand.

On our 3 and 4 day Red Centre Explorer and Safari tours (and longer package tours that include these trips) that visit Uluru, Adventure Tours offers a unique Indigenous experience where passengers learn from and interact with an Anangu community member and their English interpreter during The Mala Walk. This is an unmatched and truly Australian cultural experience.

In the Top End, all of our tours include the interactive Pudukul cultural tour and 'welcome to country' during dry season touring. This is a chance to learn about 'bush tucker' and to take part in traditional didgeridoo playing, basket weaving and spear throwing.


Adventure Tours Australia is an award-winning tour provider.

Award winning company

Adventure Tours Australia is a National Accredited Tourism Business. The Australian Tourism Awards are the most prestigious Tourism Awards in Australia. Adventure Tours Australia has won this award twice, in 1998 and 2001. Adventure Tours has also won no fewer than 5 prestigious Northern Territory Brolga Awards.

Our emphasis on quality and service has been rewarded with the presentation of numerous awards over recent years including:
















Conditions of Travel + Cancellation Policy

Terms and Conditions of Travel, AUD (2015/2016)


Please read and understand the conditions of booking set out in this section prior to booking a trip with Adventure Tours.

We strongly recommend that you also read the more detailed online version of your itinerary prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the trip you are undertaking.

Terms and Conditions of Travel, AUD (2015/2016)

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the Trip Notes relating to your trip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.

1. Our contract

All direct bookings are made with Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456) trading as Adventure Tours Australia and Intrepid Travel (us/we). By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.

2. Validity

Dates, itineraries and prices are valid from 01 April 2015 until 30 March 2016. Beyond 30 March 2016 dates, itineraries and prices are indicative only.

3. Deposit requirement

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of your booking value per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. If your booking is made within 56 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Please note that a higher deposit is required for some selected trips.

4. Acceptance of booking and final payments

If we accept your booking we will issue a confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice or if you book within 7 days of departure the contract will exist when we accept your deposit. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 56 days before the departure date. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.

5. Your details

In order for us to confirm your travel arrangements you must provide all requested details with the balance of the trip price. Necessary details include full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. On some more demanding trips we also require you to complete and forward a Self-Assessment form. Your booking cannot be confirmed without provision of these details.

6. Cancellation by the traveller

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

- 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;

- between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost

- 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.

Note that different cancellation conditions apply to some trips and additional services. Your booking consultant will advise if differences apply. Please note that for certain travel arrangements the cancellation charge may be higher than those shown. In certain cases a 100% cancellation fee applies as soon as the booking is made and the ticket is issued. You will be advised of different cancellation charges at time of booking. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.

If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees.

7. Cancellation by us

We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure, subject to clause 14. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips; your booking consultant will advise if differences apply.

8. Booking amendments

If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 56 days prior to the proposed departure date. A fee of $150 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines). If you notify us less than 56 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period.

Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur a $100 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.

9. Inclusions

The land price of your trip includes:

- all accommodation as listed in the Trip Notes

- all transport listed in the Trip Notes

- sightseeing and meals as listed in the Trip Notes

- the services of a group leader as described in the Trip Notes

10. Exclusions

The land price of your trip does not include:

- international or internal flights unless specified

- kitty as specified in the Trip Notes

- airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified

- meals other than those specified in the Trip Notes

- visa and passport fees

- travel insurance

- optional activities and all personal expenses

11. Prices & surcharges

Our trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our trip prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip may have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Once you have received a quote the price will be locked in provided you pay the required deposit prior to the quote’s expiry. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply. The most up to date pricing is available on our website. Prices are based on currency exchange rates as of June 2014. We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 56 days before departure due to unfavorable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances we will be responsible for the any amount up to 2% of the trip price and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. We will not surcharge any booking for travel within the validity of this brochure once paid in full. Air Passenger Duty is included in the price of your air inclusive trip. In view of the current volatility of world oil prices, a fuel supplement may be added to the price of your holiday at the time of booking. Please note that a levy of up to 2.35% may be applied to all purchases made by credit card.

12. Age & Health requirements Minimum General Policy: For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 8 or 12 at the time of travel. All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to days care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority. Please note, families must upgrade from dorm-share accommodation to private rooms; we cannot guarantee triple or joining rooms for families; accompanying adults may be required to share with others in the group on a twin share basis.

Variations: A minimum age of 18 applies to our Unleashed adventures, while a lower minimum age may apply to Short Breaks and day tours. Please check with your consultant or agent at the time of enquiry.

Maximum General Policy: For the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding and passengers must ensure that they are suitably fit to allow full participation.

We are able to provide details on mandatory health requirements; however, we are not medical experts. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice at least two months prior to travel for the latest health requirements and recommendations for your destination.

Age requirements may vary on third party operated trips, please refer to Trip Notes.

13. Small groups & combination trips

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise. This means at times we can have small groups. Many of our trips are designed to fit with other departures to create a longer "combination" trip; this means that some of your group may have already been travelling together for some weeks when you commence your trip. If you would like to know how many people are booked on your trip or any combination trip it is part of please ask prior to making your booking.

14. Passport and visas

You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip; please refer to the Trip Notes for details. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

15. Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.

16. Flexibility

You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.

17. Change of itinerary

While we endeavor to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Please refer to our website before departure for the most recent updates to your itinerary.

before departure: If we make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a refund of money paid on the land portion of the trip only or accepting an alternative tour offered.

after departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itinerary such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.

18. Authority on tour

Our group trips are run by a group leader. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.

19. Acceptance of risk

You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel.

20. Limitation of liability

We contract with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips as agent for these third parties. We are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these third parties.

To the fullest extent permitted by law:

any liability for any loss, death, injury or damage which you may suffer (directly or indirectly) in connection with or arising out of your participation in a trip, or any breach of the Booking Conditions, is excluded;

you release us and our officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip; and

any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty), is excluded.

To the extent an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded, our liability in respect of the Implied Warranty is limited to (in our absolute discretion): (i) the provision of a similar trip to an equivalent value; or (ii) a refund of the total amount received by us from you in connection with your booking.

Any claim by you is excluded to the extent that it is for indirect or consequential loss, loss of profits or economic loss, however it arises, or for indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages.

21. Optional activities

Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them in any way. The contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and activity provider.

22. Claims & complaints

If you have a complaint about your trip please inform your group leader or our local representative at the time in order that they can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the tour.

23. Severability

In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason than such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.

24. Photos and marketing

You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

25. Privacy policy

Any personal information that we collect about you may be used for any purpose associated with the operation of a Trip or to send you marketing material in relation to our events and special offers. The information may be disclosed to our agents, service providers or other suppliers to enable us to operate the Trip. We will otherwise treat your details in accordance with our privacy policy (available for viewing on our Website).

26. Applicable law

The laws of Victoria, Australia govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Victoria, Australia.

27. Registered address

Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd, Level 4/380 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC, 3000, Australia

28. Updating of terms and conditions

The Company reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Clients responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms and conditions can always be found on the Company website www.adventuretours.com.au / www.intrepidtravel.com and will supersede any previous versions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to give to Adventure Tours before I travel?

Please provide us with the following information by phone on 1300 654 604, or by email at reservations@adventuretours.com.au:

Dietary requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies, please let us know well in advance so we can cater for you. Special requests will not be able to catered for if we are informed less than 2 days prior to the tour starting. We are able to cater for vegetarian, gluten free, and lactose free diets, and for most food allergies. We cater for vegan diets on some select tours - passengers with strict dietary requirements are required to assist with cooking of their meals on these select tours. Please contact our Reservations team in advance to discuss your dietary needs if you are vegan. We do not offer any guarantee of vegan-friendly cooking utensils/equipment that have not previously been used for cooking animal products. If you have complex food needs, we recommend that you bring some of your own snacks and other specific foods to fit your needs.

Sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are required for Unleashed and Explorer style tours with camping nights. You can bring your own with you, or you can pre-purchase one from us for $30 and pick it up on the morning of your tour. We cannot guarantee that we can provide a sleeping bag on the day of your tour if you have not informed us in advance that you require one.

Please note that on tours operated by Nullabor Traveller (tour codes PE6, PA9, and PAP10), sleeping bags are NOT available to hire or purchase. You must bring your own.

Pick up locations

All of our tours have a default pick up point. If you have not provided an alternative pick up location to us, we will assume you will be waiting at the default pick up point for your tour. These default pick up points can be found on your itinerary/travel document, or on the Adventure Tours webpage for your specific tour.

In most locations that our tours depart from, we offer pick ups from a range of different accommodations around the town or city centre. If you let us know in advance, we are usually able to pick you up from your accommodation. If you have forgotten to tell us where you are staying, you will need to make your way to the default pick up place.

Tours departing from Ayers Rock: you will need to provide us with your incoming flight details so that we can advise you where and when to meet your tour.

Do I need to reconfirm my tour?

You will not need to reconfirm your tour directly with us, but please make sure you have provided all the information we need at least a few days before you depart. (What information do I need to give to Adventure Tours before I travel?)

What to bring

Each tour requires all the basics you would typically bring on any trip e.g. toiletries, towels, camera and extra money for optional snacks and activities. Due to the nature of our tours we recommend bringing sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), swimming gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, fly net to cover your head if you are bothered by flies (outback tours particularly) and motion sickness tablets (recommended on NZ and boat tours).

On our Unleashed and Explorer tours with camping nights, you will be required to bring a pillow and sleeping bag (sleeping bag can be purchased for AUD $30 from us prior to departure if you don't have your own). Sleeping bags/pillows are not necessary for fully accommodated tours eg those in Tasmania, between Adelaide<>Melbourne, and the East Coast. Please note that on tours operated by Nullabor Traveller (tour codes PSOW3, PE6, PA9, and PAP10), sleeping bags are NOT available to hire or purchase - you must bring your own.

Clothing requirements vary dependent on location and seasonality. See 'What's the climate like?' for more detail.

How much luggage can I bring?

Our vehicles have limited space so please keep your luggage to a MAXIMUM OF 15 KGS (except KAKADU tours which are MAXIMUM 10KGS) in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block etc. It is recommended to plan ahead and arrange to store bulky items at pre-tour accommodation. This is relevant also, when travelling on packages which include Kakadu, as all tours start from and return to Darwin. Any package touring totally within the Northern Territory which includes the Red Centre will start from and return to Alice Springs. It may be necessary to freight excess luggage at passenger's expense.

Please note that East Coast Sydney<>Cairns tours (PSC14/PCS14) have a 20kg luggage limit.

Do I have to participate?

Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of likeminded adventurers, so we make them active and hands on. With the exception of our Safari tours, passengers are expected to help prepare food, wash dishes and generally assist the guide as directed.

You should refer to the itinerary for your specific tour for more information.

How fit do I have to be?

Our tours are active and require a reasonable level of fitness. Please refer to our fitness guide. If you enjoy hiking through gorges, swimming in waterfalls and directly experiencing the environment, then our tours are perfect for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our tours, please check with our Reservations Department before making a booking. We reserve the right to assess your ability to participate at check-in.

What do I eat?

Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, so please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. Some tours, such as Safari tours, have a focus on 'bush tucker', giving you the chance to experience this uniquely Australian cuisine (refer to your itinerary for details). We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.

How much water do I need to drink?

Doctors advise that 2-3 litres (10-12 glasses) of water per day is essential when travelling in Australia. All our vehicles carry adequate water supplies. Weather conditions in summer can be very warm - hiking requires an intake of 1.5 litres of water per hour. Our guides are trained professionals and it is very important that their advice is adhered to.

What type of accommodation will I get?

Depending on the tour/s you've booked, you could use a range of accommodation styles from basic bush camping, dorm, hostel and shared backpacker facilities to farm stays, hotels, and even sailboats. We also have our own campsites, with great facilities, which we use whenever possible. For specific information relating to your tour, visit our accommodation page.

What vehicles do you have?

Please see the vehicle symbol on your chosen tour page to determine what vehicle you are likely to be travelling in. Our vehicle types include a 21 and a 24 seater mini-bus, as well as 4WD trucks which seat between 16 and 27 passengers. Please note that vehicle types are an indication only and some tours may use a combination of vehicles types. Vehicle types are subject to change at any time, and tour partner vehicle types may vary from what is displayed. For specific information relating to your tour, visit the vehicle page.

What's the climate like?

Australia is a large country with weather conditions varying considerably from one region to another. Generally, you can expect high temperatures in the summer (Dec-Feb), often extending into autumn, with lower temperatures at night and during winter (Jun-Aug), particularly in southern Australia where conditions can change quickly. The top half of Australia, particularly the Northern Territory, is known for its 'wet' (Oct-Mar) and 'dry' (Apr-Sept) seasons. New Zealand has a sub-tropical to temperate climate but be prepared for lower temperatures during winter (Jun-Aug) and we recommend you bring a good wind and/or waterproof jacket, as well as warm clothing, year-round. Further weather information can be found at: www.bom.gov.au (AUS), www.metservice.co.nz (NZ).

What are the age limits on tours?

With the exception of the East Coast Sydney<>Cairns tours (which are 18-39 years only), all of our tours are open aged. There is no maximum age limit, and travelers on tour may have a wide range of ages. Children may travel on the following tours:

Explorer and Safari tours: minimum age 7 years

All tours in Western Australia/Kimberley: minimum age 12 years  

NT Unleashed tours are not recommended for travellers under 18 years.

Can I smoke and drink on the vehicle?

No. Australian government regulations prohibit smoking and the drinking of alcohol inside tourist vehicles in Australia (smoking and drinking should be limited to stops along the route).

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LAST UPDATED: July 2015 © Adventure Tours Australia Pty Ltd

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Looking for something fun, rewarding, challenging, and interesting?

Put yourself in the driving seat, and work with us!

We're always looking for vibrant, outgoing people who want to learn about their country, travel, and share what they've learnt with people from around the world.Our Tour Guides are the key to providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We are looking for self-starters; people with initiative; those who understand the value of exceptional customer service, and of course, people with an all-round passion for travel.If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you! Please fill out the enquiry form, and we'll be in touch.



Why work for us?

What we’re looking for:

Helpful to have:

Guides Role

Adventure Tours Australia: Small Groups, Big Adventure!

A Cultural Ambassador

Our tour guides are the most important part of our business. They are responsible for creating outstanding memorable travelling experiences for our passengers. This can be hard work, but it is extremely satisfying. Travel memories last a lifetime.

Our tour guides work with many different nationalities and personalities under ever-changing conditions. You will need to build trust and friendship with your tour group, so patience, empathy, and an open mind will be of great value .

Working Hours

While on tour you will be away for at least two days at a time, most likely more. We have 7-day a week departures so you will be required to work weekends and public holidays. But you do get days off between tours to relax and unwind!

Daily Duties

  • Management and care of small tour groups
  • Conducting guided interpretive walks (approx. 2-3 hrs) each day
  • Cooking and preparing all meals in basic campsites/accommodation. Guests assist and participate in these activities (includes gas cooking, and camp-oven cooking over a fire).
  • Driving one of our fleet of 24 seat Mitsubishi Rosa buses, 21 seat Toyota Coaster buses and 16 seat Mitsubishi Cantor 4WD trucks
  • Collecting firewood and preparing small fires
  • Camping in permanent tents, swagging out under the stars, or staying in rooms at accommodation venues.
  • Basic cleaning & tidying of camp sites and vehicle
  • Adhering to all Local, State and national legislation and OH&S.
  • Interacting with domestic and international travellers, providing a high standard of customer service and communication.

Basic Tour Guide Kit

To kit yourself out, here are a few essential things you will be required to obtain prior to the commencement of employment:

  • Small First Aid kit
  • Basic toolbox
  • Hands-free microphone
  • iPod (or similar)
  • Torch
  • Hiking boots
  • Akubra Hat (or similar wide brimmed hat)
  • Uniform




Interview with a Guide

"TK" – Scott Russell - Tour Guide based in Darwin


What made you decide to become a tour guide?

I always wanted to see my country, and love working in the outdoors. Originally I was working full time as a tree surgeon, I was very happy doing that job but I broke my wrist and was unable to continue climbing trees. Looking through the internet one day for a new job I stumbled across an article about touring in Central Australia and the Top End. Sounded fun.

Why the Northern Territory?

I originally started in Alice Springs. I think I was attracted to the remoteness of the place. It was quite appealing to me to pack up and move to a place so different for where I had lived my entire life, in Sydney. The whole sleeping under the stars in the Outback just did it for me.

What kinds of training/experience do you have?

I studied Botany for three years at uni to be an Arborist so that gave me a good background with the Flora to be seen out there. Then after I was hired I went through a training course. That lasted for about 1.5 months during which we spent time with National Park rangers, anthropologists, and senior tour guides to teach us the finer details of the job.

In an average week, what does your schedule look like?

It varies quite a bit from week to week.In our busy season here, from May to October, I can be working up to 6 days a week. This is when all the tourists arrive and the weather is very comfortable.In the quieter season I'll be working 3 or 4 days a week. This is great as I can rest up after working hard during the busy times, and I can even fit in time to do fishing in-between my tours!

What do you enjoy the most, and the least, about your job?

The best parts of the job would have to be meeting so many people from so many different places and cultures and getting to show them this beautiful country. I learn as much from passengers as I hope they do from me. I don't really have a least favorite part though I really don't like doing any paperwork.

What are some common misconceptions people have about Australia?

The pure size of the country would have to be number one – it is so much bigger then most people can grasp until they visit. Then there's that whole thing that the snakes and spiders are everywhere and will go out of their way to get you!

Where are you from originally?

Born in Sydney and lived there until I moved to Alice Springs for this job. These days I live in Darwin though, been here over four years now.


Recruitment Process


1. Submit your online application form
  • Please review the position information carefully. If you think you have what it takes to be a member of the Adventure Tours team please complete our enquiry form, which will be sent directly to our Recruitment Manager.
2. Company Presentation and Round One Interviews
  • Successful applicants will be contacted via email and invited to our first round interviews. This will include a short presentation on the position and the company, followed by a short interview. During your interview, you will be given ten minutes to tell us about yourself, why you would make a great tour guide and why you would like to work for our company. Please prepare by looking through our website and our products. 
  • Please bring a copy of your resume to your round one interview. This will need to include two professional referees who we can contact for verbal support of your application.
  • Please also bring a copy of the following should you have them:                                     

• Current Senior Level First Aid certificate             • Current driver’s license

  • For those who reside in or near a major city we will invite you to our first round interviews at the centre nearest to you.
  • For those applicants who reside in regional areas, interviews will be conducted via telephone or Skype.
  • Following round one interviews, candidates willl be advised via email whether they have progressed to the next stage.
3. Round Two Interviews
  • Round two involves personal interviews. If you are successful you will be offered a place on the Adventure Tours training programme.
4. The Training Program
  • If you accept the training placement our Recruitment Manager will forward your details to the appropriate Operations Department. They will assist you with final preparations and relocation to ensure a smooth transition into your new job.
  • The two week comprehensive Adventure Tours Australia Guide Training Program must be completed before you can become a tour guide. Our training gives you the tools you need to conduct safe, informative and fun outback tours.
  • During our Guide Training Program you will learn about Australian history, aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna; national parks and wildlife; camp-oven cooking, food hygiene and bushcraft; plus heavy vehicle driver training and basic diesel mechanics. Leadership, communication and group dynamics are also very important components of the training program.
  • We are proud to offer a unique cultural training component. You will learn story-telling, bush tucker, and bush medicine first-hand from a local Traditional Owner.


(1) You will be assessed throughout your training and employment is not guaranteed until you successfully pass the training program.

(2) You are not paid during your two week training course, but all on-the-road training will include meals, accommodation and associated costs free of charge.

5. Trainee Surveys

We take the responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our guests very seriously. We are also committed to supporting and fully preparing our guides.

Between 1 and 5 of your first tours will be conducted with the support of an experienced Adventure Tours Australia tour guide. We call these “Survey Tours.” The number of survey tours each trainee requires differs from person to person. Survey Tours provide you with support and constructive feedback. When your manager deems you are ready to “fly solo”, you will spend three months as a probationary tour guide, after which you become a fully fledged professional tour guide.

NB: Survey and Probationary Tour Guides are paid positions


Should you be unsuccessful at any of these stages, please do consider gaining further suitable life skills/employment experience and reapplying at a later date. We would love to hear from you again.


Job Enquiry: Guides Role

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PEAK Adventure Travel are one of Australia's premier touring companies operating iconic brands - Adventure Tours Australia and Intrepid Connections. We offer a huge tour product range that provides the opportunity for you to guide in Central Australia and the Top End. On our tours we emphasise environmental and cultural interpretation, as well as providing a fantastic social fun time for our passengers.

We are inviting you to be considered to join our team of expert guides and share your love of Central and Northern Australia with a bunch of enthusiastic travellers, taking them to our regions most exciting and diverse places.

As a Tour Guide, your responsibilities will include accompanying your group on 3-5 day tours, providing informative commentary, cooking, loading vehicles, and basic cleaning.

What we look for in a great guide:

  • The ability to mix and interact with people
  • Health and fitness levels required to engage in a range of activities, including packing and unpack vehicles and hiking
  • Reliable, punctual and able to work unsupervised
  • An excellent sense of humour and high levels of patience
  • Knowledge of the areas visited on tour
  • Basic mechanical knowledge

To qualify for this role you must possess a Medium Rigid licence. It is advantageous if you already have an MR or HR Licence. However, the MR can be obtained during our training program.A Senior 1st Aid Certificate must be obtained prior to commencement of training.

If you feel you have the drive, charisma, commitment and knowledge to make our passengers' holiday of a lifetime - then apply now!

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