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Arid Areas Day Tours
Ranked #2 of 7 Tours in Coober Pedy
Certificate of Excellence
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Saskatoon, SK
Level Contributor
27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

There need to be more stars to rate this desert immersion! Wayne is knowledgeable in all things about Coober Pedy and opal mining. We even got to go 'noodling'. We were able to see places without having a busload of people with us. Wayne told us history of the area in a very conversational way. I would highly recommend Wayne and his tours. This, combined with staying in an underground motel, made the Outback an Australian highlight!

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Leila O
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Adelaide, Australia
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Immersed in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

Five stars is not enough for Wayne Borrott's tours. It is not just the comfort of the vehicle or the expertise of the driving, it is the gentle urbanity of Wayne, the guide, his depth of knowledge and his lively curiosity. With Wayne it is not so much a tour commentary as a conversation. It's not the sights, it is the phenomena.
We went out across the Mars-like Moon Plain and over the Lollypop Plain to the Painted Desert, pausing en route at Wayne's outback cafe, a creekbed where he set out chairs and produced morning coffee. We stopped where and when we wished to marvel at the dog fence, at minerals, at vistas...
A comfort stop at Arckaringa Station and a serious dose of profound thrill as we drove to and around the formations known as the Painted Desert.
It was fairly hot but, nonetheless, one had to go for a walk to get in close to the land, to "feel" its might and beauty, to soak it in. To "be" in of it. To examine the details underfoot, the plain prettiness of so many of the pebbles and rocks and the grand aesthetic of the Mesa formations in all their hues. We were like brush strokes in a giant landscape painting. Grains of sand in a vast universe. The isolation and the scale of the outback can make one wax lyrical. Wayne has heard and thought it all and he is as at home talking about artists' representations of the landscape as he is about the geological timelines.
A scrumptious lunch materialised on a table beneath a coolabah tree in another creekbed and we listened to zebra finches chirping and waved tolerantly at those affectionate little bush flies. And talked of life, the universe and our wonderful country.
Back to town via vistas and fossils and shimmering gypsum fields...
And the contented feeling that one had just experienced a richly beautiful day with a new old friend.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank SalineSS
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

Wayne is exceptional. His knowledge and love of Coober Pedy can't be beaten. He took us to all the places we wanted to see on a personalised tour which cost a lot less than doing all the individual bus tours would have done. We saw it all - old mines, new mines, crocodile Harrys, the breakaways, the dog fence and so much more. He even made us some tea while we searched for opal. We learned so much from Wayne and can't thank him enough. It was the best day of our month long trip around Australia. If you only have one day to spare in Coober Pedy, do this tour. I would recommend to anyone. Thanks Wayne.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Marilyn C
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Strasbourg, France
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The best you can expect !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I had found Wayne Borrett via well documented comments on tripadvisor, which is why we decided to have a try, and for sure, we had no regrets at all !! Visiting Coober Pedy and the surrounding authentic Outback was THE highlight of our four-week stay in Australia, and made our extraordinary trip just unforgettable, just too good to be true ! And that is said without exaggeration, because with Wayne Borrett, you rediscover the true meaning of "unconditionally sharing your passion for a place out of this world". I'm not repeating the details of Wayne's programmes, because they have been extensively described in other such reviews. I'll only add that Wayne is not just a guide; he's now become a genuine friend in spite of the distance, and you'll soon realise after spending half a day together, that it is as if you had known him for a long time. Have a great stay in the Outback with Wayne and Arid Areas Tours, it's well worthwhile, and you can trust the worldwise keen Frenchie traveller I am !

Visited July 2013
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Levin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Day trip to Lake Eyre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Wayne was amazing and very knowledgeable. Stopped regularly so we could take photos on the way to William Creek and Lake Eyre. He put on a lovely lunch for us at Lake Eyre and even had a huge water container on hand so we could wash our feet, after trying to walk on the lake.
If you do this trip after rain and want to walk on Lake Eyre be prepared for a lot of mud!
Also don't forget to take fly nets.
We had to change our bookings several times, and Wayne always responded to our emails promptly and he was most accommodating with our changes. His eyesight is great too, picking out local flora and and a bearded dragon beside the road.
Thanks heaps Wayne for a wonderful trip, we will always have great memories.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank JenniferTayl0r
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