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Arid Areas Day Tours

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Address: 1 Wedgetail Cres, Coober Pedy, South Australia 5723, Australia
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+61 8 8672 3008

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Excellent day trip

We really felt informed after spending the day with Wayne travelling around the Arckaringa Hills, Cattle Stn. Moon Plain, and other interesting sites. The area was unique and we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 June 2015
Mona J
Slave Lake, Canada
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Slave Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

We really felt informed after spending the day with Wayne travelling around the Arckaringa Hills, Cattle Stn. Moon Plain, and other interesting sites. The area was unique and we found it fascinating. Wayne made a great lunch for us and there were a number of stops and ample time to walk around and explore.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Just finished three days touring Coober Pedy and its surrounds. Town, Breakaways, Opal Mining, Painted Desert, Lake Eyre and William Creek. Wayne is an excellent guide, accredited with the National Parks he has a massive store of information on the areas covered. Informative, interesting, he showed us things we had never seen before. He is also an excellent host, we... More 

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Benalla, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

We have just returned from a few days in Coober Pedy where we did 3 tours with Wayne from Arid Areas Tours. We loved seeing The Breakaways at sunset, Painted Desert and Lake Eyre with Wayne as our guide. Wayne was a gracious, friendly and knowledgeable guide, with endless knowledge of the local area. He made our trips interesting at... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Wayne has given us a wonderful insight in to the lives of the people and of the land around Coober Pedy. We did 2 tours with Wayne and can't recommend him highly enough. He goes out of his way and goes the extra mile to impart his love of the area and the people. Anyone coming here who wish to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2015

We did a 1-day tour with Arid Area Tours to the Painted Desert and Breakaways on 12th March 2015. The trip was amazing. Wayne from Arid Area Tours was very knowledgeable on the history, geology, plants and animals in the area, and his passion for the area shone through. He made this trip an unforgettable one for us. I highly... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015

Wayne is such a neat guy and provided us with a marvellous experience from start to finish We commenced the tour at 3 pm and finished back in Coober Pedy at 8.30pm Every minute was fascinating There was no set routine or patter, so we learnt so much more Very comfortable 4wd . Wayne seems to know everyone there and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

I booked a tour with Wayne. He is extremely flexible with his tours. He is very knowledgable about the area. I went to the Painted Desert and Breakaways and the town tour. All very worth it what ever you pay. If you are solo traveller he will take you where others would not. Many others dont move until you get... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2015

We hired Wayne based on the recommendations in Trip Advisor. We didn't really research any other tour guide. Wayne is very knowledgeable and he knows everyone in town. I traveled with my 77 year old mom, who has a fear of heights and is claustrophobic. We were three weeks into our trip and showing signs of wear. Wayne was very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

We were unsure about booking this trip due to the cost but boy are we glad we did. We were travelling on a budget (we just like to do things cheaply when we can) but agreed that we should see as much of the surround area of coober pedy as we could, as the chances of us returning (from the... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2014

We did the opal and the Lake Eyre tour with Wayne. After having read his website and some reviews I had thought he would be the perfect guide for us - and yes, he was. Wayne obviously has lived in Coober Pedy for quite some time and has done some opal mining. One could feel his true dedication when we... More 

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