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“Real People, Real Australia”

Ando's Outback Tours
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Owner description: Ando Tours Offers Local Tours Of Coober Pedy And Districts. Town And Breakaways Tour Painted Desert Tour Wiliam Creek Tour Lake Eyre And Harligan Bay Tour
Reviewed March 7, 2013

After a management shuffle, this tour is now run by Noel. This tour IS the quintessential road trip. Taking advantage of the great expanse and isolation of the Australian Outback, you will learn about yourself and your life priorities by sharing conversation with Noel, fellow travellers, and random blokes along the way. You will observe, and maybe even adopt, pieces of the many radically different lifestyles. This kind of trip can't be found at a resort, you need to explore new places, that's where this trip will take you. With this considered, the tour itinerary itself is essentially customized for each tour depending on a few different factors (including season). If your heart is set on a certain experience, Noel will bend over backwards to satisfy you- he dedicates himself to being generous and wants to make the trip a success for each individual. As far as facilities and amenities that everyone mentions- all part of the experience. Come with an open mind and a few good things to talk about- there's not much else to do on the drive, but then again, that's the point! Discover Australia, discover yourself- go with Ando's Outback Tours!

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Of the beaten track. You go places most Aussies have never been to, you get to meet the hard working people in outback places. Nothing fancy but genuine. This tour will stick with you for the rest of your life. Funny guide, good food, heaps of fun.

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Reviewed July 2, 2012

I read a recommendation for Ando's Outback Tour in Frommer's guide book and decided to take a chance on it despite there not being many online reviews and I am so very glad I did! My husband and 8 year old son and I just finished up our tour last week (in June- winter). Noel runs the tour these days and is as kind and knowledgable a fellow as you could hope to find. The real gist of this tour is that you see places, meet people and do things that you would never go and do on your own-- simply because they are not tourist traps but instead you are given the opportunity of stepping in and out of regular folks lives-- a meal in their home, a drink at their local rural pub, a breakfast with folks after sleeping on their ranch, a chat with tiny town store keepers or older blokes who up and decided to open a winery at 60, etc...just general characters that are all mates of Noel and Ted-- and now you are their mates so you are fully welcomed with open arms. It is by no means a 5 star trip and by no means an over-scheduled, exact itinerary, fancy food type thing--if you can't stand not knowing what is up next on the agenda or you feel that not eating your meals at the exact same time every day would be torture or you're a germaphobe -- this may not be the trip for you. But if you love the idea of moving outside your regular life for a few days, choosing to live in the moment by being present to other people's way of living and you want some degree of adventure and a glimpse into this amazing country in ways a tourist doesn't normally (horse riding, boomerang throwing, hiking to spots you'd never know about, scratching for opals, interacting with hunting dogs, the list goes on and on) -- go for it! It's an amazing price for the experience and you won't regret it (if you're open minded and easy going about travel). This was our first time to Australia and we feel so much more at home and connected here than we often do on trips because we were chatting with locals and just generally hearing their stories and sharing ours and we had a fabulous guide with us the whole time and I know we'll keep in touch with Noel. We can imagine coming back doing the tour again. It was an amazing experience for our son as well. You are in a 10 person bus so the drive time is really easy and it's like being on a safari (for city folks like us from the US) in terms of all the cool Aussie animals you see along the way. The stars at night are mind blowing as well as the sunrises and sunsets on those huge vistas. Noel chats away and answers any and all questions day and night...he's lived in Queensland and New South Wales all his life. The reason you don't find all the usual tour reviews on this group is that it's run by these funny, extroverted blokes whose kids are grown and have a bit less tying them down and they just want to let you see a bit of their world and show off things they think are cool and they love to meet some interesting folks themselves...they are not techies and the formal business end of things is the least of their concern...but that's what makes it special...they run when they want to and go where they like...email and see if it works for your schedule, it was a fabulous thing to follow our first 6 days in big city Sydney...definitely seeing two sides of the country. For me, I grew up with grandparents who were rural folks and I've lost touch with that part of the things once they passed away and it really touched me to be part of that world where animals are all around in everyday life, people are so sincere and have such a playful spirit about them, food is taken directly from the land and is needed for sustenance, vistas are big and empty and quiet and the people work for a living-- with their hands and backs, not their keyboards. If that appeals to you, you'll love it, but I warn you-- don't expect to take a shower :-)

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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Dear Andos
I hope you are well.
I went on your tour in 1998 (the computer did not allow access)
You picked me up in an awesome school bus with young teens, I was in my 50's and showed us the time of our lives. I liked sitting in the back of the bus with either oranges or apples as we bumped along. The most memorable part was sleeping under the billions of stars somewhere in the outback. I can go on and on. thank you I will always remember you. Carol Sue Gershman New york

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

This tour is now run by Noel, butis just as good as the previous comments suggest. I am 21 and went with my 20 year old sister and my parents (late 40s). We had such a great time and learnt so much. We found opals, sifted for gold, slept in an old train carriage, went down a 40ft mine, hung out with locals at a pub in the middle of nowhere and met some fabulous people. This tour will stay with me for the rest of my life and I wish it all the best for the future.

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