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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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I was recommended this tour by my hotel. I wanted to travel to Lake Eyre with a tour because I am a solo female traveller, own a 2WD vehicle and the trip requires a 4WD to travel... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was recommended this tour by my hotel. I wanted to travel to Lake Eyre with a tour because I am a solo female traveller, own a 2WD vehicle and the trip requires a 4WD to travel it safely. It was a full day tour from Coober Pedy and we were able to stop as often and for as long... More 

Thank Kwalton4
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Prior to travelling to Cobber Pedy I attempted to book a tour with Arid Areas by phoning fixed and mobile numbers and leaving messages on both services, sending an SMS to the mobile service and also e-mailing as per contact details as provided on their website. Had no response whatsoever. Either no interest or too busy

Thank Althom
Canberra, Australia
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

A magical almost unearthly place, one not to be missed. Wayne has so much knowledge passion and enthusiasm for his 'country' it's easy to get caught up in it too. His explanations are excellent, including the way a working mine operates - and he took us to do some 'noodling' of our own! As well as spectacular views of the... More 

Thank Lorraine A
Ipswich, Australia
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We have just spent our morning, and some extra overtime touring with Wayne. We have been all over Coober Pedy and out to the amazing Breakaways with are breathtaking to see. Wayne's knowledge as a local makes it a wonderful tour where our every question was answered in detail and we learnt so much more. We would very highly recommend... More 

Thank HelenJS22
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

My prior review seems not to have posted, so I will try this again! We flew from Adelaide to Coober Pedy on REX and were met at the airport by Wayne. (We had made a prior reservation by email.) The fun began as we visited all the sites with Wayne as our guide- The opal museum, underground churches, location sites... More 

1 Thank JAHG
Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Wayne picked us up at our undergound motel a couple of hours before sunset and we loaded into his 4X4 and set off on a wonderful journey that included a great, knowledgeable commentary on all things "Coober Pedy". The trip to the Breakaways included a stop at a former opal mine site where we were given a very informative lesson... More 

1 Thank General-Joe
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

Let's face it. The drive through the centre of Australia can be long and boring but there's actually heaps to see, not just Ayer's Rock. Only thing is, you have to go off road to see the REAL outback and Wayne provides the experience in bucket loads with his tours to the Painted Desert and other locations. You won't find... More 

2 Thank petertaylor57
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Local operator, flexible, personable. His tour the highlight of our stay in Coober Pedy. There should be more operators like Wayne showing off our fantastic country. Nothing was too much bother and his local knowledge based on experience

1 Thank ljvangemert
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5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Don't miss out on this fantastic tour with Wayne. The previous review are right it's a brilliant trip out to the Painted Desert and the hidden billobongs. Wayne is an excellent guide and makes a mean cuppa and lunch! 😎 Thank you Wayne! Jill & Peter Melbourne

1 Thank Jill M
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We spent 24 hrs with Wayne, visiting the Painted Desert and staying overnight at Ackaringa Station. Being a tragic amateur photographer, Wayne made every effort to provide the best views, best locations and best light. He succeeded, I got some fantastic shots. Along with the awesome tour of the Painted Desert, we spent a relaxing night at Ackaringa Station where... More 

1 Thank PJ H

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