FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WAYOUTBACK'S AYERS ROCK / ULURU TOURS AND CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN SAFARIS

Below are a collection of our most frequently asked question that hopefully will cover your query. Should you however have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us either by completing this form or emailing reservations@wayoutback.com.au.

How cold does it get at night

In our summer months (October-April) it is quite warm at night, around 15-20°C. In our winter months (May-September) it is a bit colder, usually below 10°C. In June and July it can get very cold, often below zero.

How hot does it get during the day

In our summer months (October-April) temperatures are usually over 30°C. During the peak of summer temperatures can reach 40°C (or more!). In winter daytime temperatures are pleasant, usually around 20-25°C.

Do I need a sleeping bag

You will definitely require a Sleeping Bag rated to -5C during our winter season. In summer it is adviseable. Not all nights are warm.  

All “Classic” Tours carry sleeping bags for our clients. You are welcome to  provide your own.

On  “Budget” tours sleeping bags can be hired for $20.00 for the tour duration. The cost is for the laundering at the Tour completion.

I've heard the flies are bad in summer. Is this true

In the warmer months there are quite a lot of flies around in Central Australia. A lot of people find these to be quite annoying. It is advisable that you bring along a fly net so these little guys don't drive you crazy! Wayoutback stock fly nets which can be purchased on the morning of departure before you set off on your safari.

What clothes do I need

In summer shorts and a shirt is all that is really needed. We would however recommend light weight long sleeve shirts and long ( zip of) pants. Our temperatures can be excessive and this can impact  fair skinned people. A jumper/pullover is recommended for the early morning  if it happens to get a bit chilly.. Swimwear is recommended as there will be swimming opportunities - don't forget a towel! Don’t forget a broad brimmed hat ( not a baseball cap), sunglasses & sunscreen

Our winter days are generally mild &  most of the time you can still wear shorts and a shirt during the day. However, the nights & early mornings can be very cold. You will need to bring warm clothes- Long pants, a good jumper, windbreaker, a beanie, scarf, gloves and good woollen socks are recommended.

Regardless of the time of year that you are travelling you will need to bring a hat, preferably wide-brimmed.

What else do I need to bring

Sunscreen, torch ( preferably hands free head light), camera (plus spare fully charged batteries), mosquito repellent (summer), towel, toiletries, any medication required, water bottle (1.5 litre is best). Fresh water supplies for refilling bottles will be available through out the tour. If you have walking/trekking  poles/sticks these can also be handy in some of the undulating terrain.

What will I be sleeping in

This depends on the tour selected and the location of the tour. In Central Australia you  will be sleeping in a swag under the brilliant stars of the Milky Way. Tents are available for those less adventurous.  Our experienced guides will show you all you need to know to get one of the best night's sleep you've ever had! The swag is extremely warm, comfortable & above all safe. Click Swags for more information. Some locations you will be in a Tent with only your sleeping bag required and of course accommodated tours are in the comfort of a motel/hotel/backpacker room. The quality of accommodation is dependant upon the quality of tour selected.

Do I need to bring lots of water

No. All you need to bring is a water bottle. We recommend a minimum 1.5 litre bottle.  We will be carrying large containers of chilled water that you can fill at the commencement and conclusion of all walks. Most walks have water replenishing facilities. For those warmer locations & walks ( Kakadu/Central Australia) we recommend that an additional 1 litre of water is carried particularly during our warmer months.

Do I bring all my luggage with me

This very much is governed on where your tour commences and where it concludes. For those returning to their starting location (eg Darwin to Darwin, Alice Springs to Alice Springs) we recommend that you bring only one small bag per person with the things you will need for the duration of your safari. Suitcases are not recommended. You should be able to store your excess baggage at your accommodation while you are away. 

We do make exceptions for people that book the one way journeys  however, this needs to be discussed with us prior to booking. There is a baggage lifting limit of 20kg. You may be required to assist the guide with loading & unloading.

How physically fit do I have to be

Our safaris are active adventures that include a fair amount of walking, hiking and water based activities. Walks can extend to 4 hours duration in warm to hot conditions, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, We don't expressly set any age restrictions. Our tours are a mix of true outback adventure camping to soft camping. Less demanding treks/walks are available at most locations for those less active. Regardless, good health is important but ultimately, it is an open and positive attitude that matters. It is very important that any pre-existing medical conditions are discussed with our staff at time of booking.

I am not a meat eater. Will that be a problem

Our menu is designed to cater for both carnivores and vegetarians. Specific diet  requests may be difficult to comply with in some remote areas. You may be requested to supply some product IF it can not be procured at a particular touring location. You must inform us at the time of tour booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

How many people will be on each tour

Wayoutback is a genuine small group operator. All our vehicles are air-conditioned.  Our Classic Style tours are all in 4WDs, carrying a maximum of 16 people or less. Our Budget Style tours are in Mini Buses with a carry capacity of 24 pax or less.

Where will I be picked up from

Our tours depart most locations early each morning (before 6.30am). We will pick you up from your place of accommodation on the first morning of the tour. You must advise your accommodation a minimum 24 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so could result in you missing the departure. Those flying in to other locations must advise this at time of tour booking.

Warning: Should you not advise your accommodation or air flight connection times, over sleep etc.  and miss departure you may be required to pay an additional relocation fee to meet your tour. Should you need re-allotment to another tour on another date you will be required to pay an additional tour cost. All or any costs associated with additional accommodation , changing flight schedules etc is your responsibility.

Can I be picked up from Yulara

We can pick you up from either the Resort at Yulara (Ayers Rock) or the airport at 1.00pm but you will need to make an enquiry with us first as there are a number of factors that you will need to consider.

Please note that if you are being picked up in Yulara then the tour must conclude in Alice Springs.

Can I finish the tour at Yulara

No, all our tours depart from Alice Springs and head directly to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park on day one where Yulara Resort is located and so must conclude in Alice Springs.

Will I have to help out on the tour

In order for the tour to run smoothly and to get the maximum amount of time at the attractions it is important for everyone to lend a hand. Collecting firewood, preparing food and washing dishes is the ideal opportunity to get to know everyone.

What Time Zones do Wayoutback use

Australia is divided into several time zones. The timezones vary from season to season. During our summer months timezones can vary 3 hours between Sydney in the east and Perth in the west. Make sure you adjust your watches, mobile phones etc upon your arrival in the Red Centre. All times published are local time in the relevant time zone of a trip.

Special Dietary requirements and allergies

Our menu is designed for both carnivores and vegetarians. If you are have any special dietary needs or allergies, please contact us to discuss this at time of booking as you may need to provide your own supplementary food/ snacks depending on your specific dietary need or allergy. Wayoutback Australian Safaris operates in some remote parts of Australia where certain foods are not easily available and therefore cannot accommodate all dietary requests. At times, produce and products may be substituted as supply dictates and Wayoutback cannot guarantee the ingredients contained in these alternatives. Whilst all of our guides are trained in remote touring, they are not nutritionists and neither they nor Wayoutback Australian Safaris can advise of all ingredients contained in each food served on tour and are not responsible should an allergic reaction occur. If you have any allergies, please carry the necessary medication. Many dietary requirements are catered for in our standard menus.

Are there restrictions on Alcohol

Much of the area we travel is controlled by the NT Government Dry Zone Policy. This policy introduced with joint request from The Traditional Owners (Aboriginal communities), Federal & Territory Governments. Whilst a wine or beer over dinner at our campsites is permitted, there are other restrictions as to where, when & what type of alcohol can be purchased or consumed. It is important to consult with our office, your guide or your accommodation supplier at booking.

We Have a Group of 30 wishing to do your Tour. Can you assist us ?

We certainly can. We can operate vehicles in tandem to address your group numbers. This also provides more quality staff to assist with the group needs. If you are seeking an experience different to our standard tours you may wish to discuss this with our Groups & Private Charter Department. The email address is reservations@wayoutback.com.au.