Uluru - Ayers Rock Holidays
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Peoples Choice Questions - Tour versus Safaris
What is the difference between a tour and a safari?
In Australia especially in Northern Territory the two
words 'tour and 'safari' can often be used together. Traditionally
a safari is a African Swahili word safari indicating "long
journey", previously used when hunting. A guided safari
nowadays as in Australia is for travelling vast distances
to observe, photograph and experience close up and in person
animals, all other wildlife, natural habitats, national
parks, pristine nature spots such as waterfalls and flora
and fauna unique to that area.
What is an Australia guided tour?
Whereas an Australian guided 'tour' (being a noun) is traditionally
a journey for pleasure in which several different places
are visited such as the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and
then onto the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns in Queensland.
If the trip is from Sydney to Darwin and includes Ayers
Rock Uluru and Kakadu then it may be called a safari tour.
A tour can include a spectrum of sites, places, travel styles
What is an Australia adventure safari?
An adventure safari tour is one generally for fit and adventurous
persons usually over 8 years old and under 65 though we
have helped many folks in their 70's and even 80's or with
young families under 8 years old on selected tours and private
customized charters who have been very fit and adventurous
Can singles, couples, gamilies or groups join Australia
Some people like to travel only with same age adventure
travels so tours are especially designed for certain age
groups such as over 40's adventure tours or 18-35's adventure
tours. All these adventure tours found here are for singles,
couples, friends or small groups of friends and we call
this DYI adventure tours.
Peoples Choice Questions - What do I ask for when I email
you for advise or a quote
Email Us for a free quote: Try our free secure quote form:
To offer a quote we need the following:
Ref: Tour code i.e. NTK2 - if you know it.
Full Name of main enquirer i.e. Jill Chang
Start Tour Dates i.e. 21 June 2013
No. of People i.e. 3 pax: Age 8+32+86
Contact Tel Number Aust or O/S i.e. Aust 08 7999 7511
Any flexibility in your travel dates i.e. 3 days start
Ages of children under 18 i.e. 12
Fitnes: if you say 1 boot = soft adventure overnight
Uluru for example and day tours 2 boots = 2-6 klm in walks
of say 1-2-3 klm per walk and say 2-3 walks per day and
climbing over uneven which is sometimes slippery terrain
to get to a scenic spot such as a waterfall in Kakadu. 3
Boots = 9+ klm in walks of say 2-4 klm per walk and say
2-3 walks per day and climbing over uneven which is sometimes
slippery terrain to get to a scenic spot such as a waterfall
in the Kimberley.
Other Information i.e. Pls any special health or food
you have. Also any must do bucket list spots to see.
General classifications we tend to use that sometimes
overlap due to the large number of suppliers we have listed.
Backpacker Tours: Generally indicates a small group tour
using basic camping, bush camping, semi or permanent camping
or multishare dorm accommodation. Vehicles used are usually
either troop Carriers or 21-24 Seat Mini-Coach in 2wd drive
vehicles. These tours have a loosely based itinerary which
will vary from guide to guide and access to the attractions
may be seasonal. Generally speaking people 18-35 on a tight
budget prefer these types of tours.
'Safari in Style': Safari accommodation (large permanent
twin share tents) with proper beds, pillow, linen, towels,
fans and lighting. Campsites have permanent cooking facilities,
screened eating areas, share showers & toilets. Kings Canyon.
Luxury Campsite/Deluxe Campsite: Generally purpose-built
"Safari Tents". They are locally designed for our tropical
climate. The walls are of canvas and the windows of insect
screen. The floors are wood and are raised above the ground.
They have been specifically designed to keep cool and comfortable.
A tent has two standard size single beds, each with a traditional
Australian bushman's swag and high density mattress, linen,
blankets and pillow.
Australian Safaris: See above main category.
Safari and meaning of the word in a traditional sense:
A safari (from Swahili word meaning a long journeyor trip)
is an overland journey. Nowadays, it's often used to describe
tours through national parks to watch Wildlife (fauna),flora
and geological formations.. Reference: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_(travel)
Australian Overnight Tours: A tour starting early morning
or midday on day one and finishing miday or early evening
Australian tours here from camping tours to lodge acommodated
trips across outback Australia
Australian Extended Tours: We class this as a tour over
10 days generally combining more than one tour and often
oneway such as darwin to Alice Springs and includes highlights
such as Uluru and Kakadu.
Australian Returning Tour: This is a tour that say may
start from Darwin and returns to Darwin when it has finished.
Australian Oneway Tour: This is a tour that say may start
from Melbourne and finishes at a different city such as
Australian Cultural Tours: This is a tour that experiences
true Aboriginal Culture sometimes in the Aboriginal Communities
such as Tiwi Islands off Darwin or other times at natural
wonder such as Uluru at Anangu Waai Tours at Uluru.
Australian Moderate or Soft Adventure Activities: 4WD
Adventures,B ush Walking - See above main category.
Australian Adrenlin Adventure Activities: Examples we
class -4WDing, ATV Quad Bike, Ballooning, Trekking, Extended
Camel Riding, Camping, Horse Riding, Jetski, Kayaking, Scuba
Diving, Snorkelling, Skydiving, White Water Rafting.
Australian Sightseeing: One day coach trips to say The
Blue Mountains, The Great ocean Road, National Parks, or
Scenic Flights, one day diving, one day sailing, one day
Australian Event Touring: Tours to a specific event such
as the Tamworth Music Festival, Mt Isa Rodeo or Birdville
Tours Glossary We Use: Sometimes what we say will vary
to a term you may recognise. Please note these are terms
we use or recognise in our sites and may differ to other
specialists and operators.
Tour: Any pre-arranged, prepaid journey to one or more
destinations and returning to the point of departure. usually
includes transportation, accommodation, meals, sightseeing,
and other components, and is sold as a unit without price
break-outs by component. Reference 'GroupTravel' Author
Martha Sarbey de Souto. Also 'tour' maybe regarded as a
regularly scheduled guided group visiting one or more destions
and seeing natural and cultural places of interest along
the way. This journey may be a returning or oneway tour.
Australian tours here from camping tours to lodge accommodated
trips across outback Australia
Extended Touring: We class this a a tour app. over 10
days generally combining more than one tour in a oneway
direction. We class this as a tour over 10 days generally
combining more than one tour and often oneway such as darwin
to Alice Springs and includes highlights such as Uluru and
Returning Tour: This is a tour that say may start from
Darwin and returns to Darwin when it has finished.
Oneway Tour: This is a tour that say may start from Melbourne
and finishes at a different city such as Darwin.
Trip: Is a journey from start to finish.
Travel: Is how you make your way around on the journey
from start to finish you take on your holiday.
Charter: To hire by contract the entire capacity of an
motorcoach with the driver/guide basing a trip plan on the
needs and desire.
Personalised Tour: Again the same as to hire by contract
the entire capacity of an motorcoach with the driver/guide.
Tour Operator: This is a tour company that you travel
with on tour. A tour operator is the person who supplies
the guide/host/driver, the vehicle, the back-up support,
the camping equipment, the accommodation arrangements, the
Our Eticket: A electonic ticket via email. consisting
of 3 pages. the first is for you to sign and return to us
via fax or scanning confirming your ticket details. pages
2-3 you take with you and hand to the driver at pickup.
Our Quote: An email sent by us usually around 2-3 pages
details a specific tour.
F.I.T: (foreign independent Traveller) - An international
preplanned, prebooked, and prepaid trip with an itinerary
and componentss planned to the traveller's specifications.
Custom-designned itinerary, as oppsoed to buying an existing
tarvel package. Reference 'GroupTravel' Author Martha Sarbey
Adult Prices: This is usually for a person aged 12/14/16
and over in australian land based tours. Your quote will
specify the exact age for child or adult pricing. The age
will vary between tour operators.
Childs Prices: Generally children between 4-12 up to
16 depending on the particalur tour operator.Your quote
will specify the exact age for child or adult pricing. An
example is her from the operator ' Adventure Tours Australia'.
Children over 12 years of age pay full adult fare. * Children
aged 8-12 years receive a discount on most tours. Prices
available on application. * Children under 16 years of age
are not permitted to unless accompanied by an adult. It
can differ between tour companies.
Infant: Generally a child under 2 years old. It can differ
between tour companies.
Adventure Traveller: Trips and
tours designed for the active traveller often including
hiking to see a remote icon scenic spot or flora and fauna,
hiking, destination swimming i.e. from the bank of a gorge
to the bottom of a waterfall, trekking, rafting, camping,
terrain exploring. For the fit and adventurous who want
to get off the beaten track.
Soft Traveller: Those who prefer
the more comfortable facilities yet still travelling to
experience all Australia has to offer and can hike 2-4kms
a day over uneven terrain often in high temperatures.
Extreme Adventurer 3 Boots or 3 Boots+: Hikes up to 9kms
or more per day. Warning: Tours graded with 3 Boots are
only suitable for very fit people who enjoy basic bush camping
and can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain often in high
Bus: Generally a 45-52 front facing seat coach - vehicle
with air-conditioning. Some have toilet oftewn for 3-10
days trips they don't here.
Mini Coach: Generally a 21-24 front facing seat Toyato
vehicle with 'NO' toilet on board
Coach: Is a motorcoach or deluxe bus with a toilet on
board. Generally a 45 front facing seat vehicle with air-conditioning.
Troopie: This is reffered to a Toyota Troop Carrier.
With 3 seats including the drivers in the front and 2 side
facing cushioned bench seats (4 pax) on each side in the
back. please not the vehicles are airconditioned though
often we find guides like to drive with the window's down
as the tour passengers and jumping in and out of the vehicle
so often the guides want the passengers to get aclimatised
to the area. generally last day on the way home the a-c
Flynet: A net pulled down over ones face to protect themsleves
from annoying flies.Mostly used seasonally in Central Australia.
Cost App $8.
Depart: This is usually a 5.30 -7am start from a city.
In our tickets and quotes we will clarify this.
Pickup: The address of where you begin the tour.
Finish:This is usually at the end of the tour. Finishes
times are generally 5-8pm unless specified in your quote.
Exception would be some of our Ayers Rock tours which finish
at midday at the rock..
Deluxe tour: A term that varies betweens tour operators.
We generally say this to be the best of the tours that particular
tour operator has to offer. This will either have accommodation
or best quality campsites.
Luxury tour: As with Deluxe tours this is the same. A
term that varies betweens tour operators. We generally say
this to be the best of the tours that particular tour operator
has to offer. This will either have accommodation or best
Luxury camping: A term that varies betweens tour operators.
We generally say this to be the best camping facilities
of the tours that particular tour operator has to offer.
This will have campsites with hosts and cooks. The meals
will be not be fine dinning but better quality than basic
camping. The tents will be slightly bigger with beds frames,
pillows, mattresses and linen. Some will have lights and
Bush camping: Generally - no facilities other than those
that are carried on the vehicle. Passengers sleep in swags
(Aussie bedroll). The tour will stop along the way at roadhouses
for clients to have a shower etc. or swimg in waterholes
Permanent camping: Generally - have permanently erected
tents (multi-share), permanent cooking facilities and purpose-built
fire pits, screened eating areas, share showers and toilets.
Semi permanent camping: Generally - tents must be erected
by guide and passengers, share showers and toilets, no cooking
facilities except those carried on the vehicle.
Basic camping: Generally - tents must be erected by guide
and passengers, share showers/toilets or some/all nights
no showers/toilets, no cooking facilities except those carried
on the vehicle. (Specified in the itinerary section of your
quote whats availabile- if not please ask us). As tour companies
may tend to move campsites these facilities change.
Safari in Style/Deluxe Campsite - Safari Accommodation
(large permanent twin share tents) with proper beds, pillows,
linen, towels, fans and lighting. Campsites have permanent
cooking facilities, screened eating areas, share showers
Pax: Generally one person who is on a tour. Passangers
Per Person: Generally the price of a single adult or
Small Groups: We usually say this for number from 5-24
Medium Groups: We usualy say this for numbers from 30-52
passengers in a tour.
Large Groups: We usualy say this for numbers from 53+
passengers in a tour.
Guide: Person licensed (wherein necessary) and employed
to take tourists on local or interstate sightseeing and
adventure excursions. Not to be confused with the host.Usually
also your driver on a tour. This person will accompany you
on the itinerary walks and explain abouth the local flora,
Fauna and cutural aspects of that area. The guide may not
be a walking dictionary though he generally will have a
sound knowledge of the area.
Host: The person accompaning the guide or driver. This
person is licensed (wherein necessary) and employed to generally
be know as the tour groups manager and explain the sights.We
find this term 'Host' seems to vary betweens companies.
Driver: Is usually your guide. The drivers responsibilyt
is for the driving of the tour clientele throughout the
tour. He is generlly responsible for the maintanene whilst
Breakdowns: This is when a tour vehicle breaks down during
a tour. A driver must follow protocol and his operations
managers guidelines. Often that may be to delay the trip
and wait for a replacement bus or spare part or service
emchanic. Even a new bus can develop difficulties. The more
remote the trip usually longer the wait. As vehicles are
service regularly this is not a common occurance. the Australian
Tourism industry prides itself on providing reliable vehicles.
Sightseeing: Generally a term we use for a very soft
adventurer or large coach group on tour. This we feel means
guided tours of sights easily accessed. We acknowledge this
term can be described in many ways. We don't strictly adhere
to this definition.
Admission fees: includes fees to National Parks, Musuems,
Cultural Centres and attractions.
Hostel accommodation: Ever noticed there is only one
letter different between hotel and hostel. - 4 or 6 or 12
bed Dorm rooms or Twin/Double rooms with shared facilities.
Shared facilites may be a common kitchen, toilets and showers
(toilets/showrs same sex generally).
Outback Budget accommodation: Generally - Each room is
air conditioned and contains bunks or a double bed and bunks,
two people in each. There is also table and chairs
in the room but no en suite or private facilities. Budget
accommodation guests share a shower and toilet block near
the rooms. Bed linen and pillows are supplied.
Hotel accommodation: Generally - Hotel/Lodge accommodation
is three star in the outback. Each room is large, airy,
air conditioned and has private bathroom facilities unless
Waiting List: people on a list for an last minute opening
Cancellations: When a client contacts the agent or operator
and say they wish to not go on the tour anymore after they
have booked. Tour operator - no one cancellation policy
is the same between Tour Operators. A rule of thumb may
be - Up to 30 Days - agents deposit crditied for another
booking. 48 Hours - 30 Days is 25% of Fare Plus Deposit.
24 Hours - 48 Hours - 50% of Fare Plus Deposit. Within 24
Hours or No-Show 100% of Fare Including Plus Deposit
No-Show: If it is departure time and a tour passenger has
not arrived, there is no alternative but to go on without
the passenger - a no show.
Credit Card Fee: Currently only one tour company has
a credit card fee. This is Adventure Tours and they have
a 2% fee on all amounts taken by them using a visa or mastercard.
Rack Rate: Published -regular rates of a tourism service.
Gross rate: Rate prior to deducting any commission
Net Rate: Is the rate wholsale rate before any markups.If
payment is taken as a spilt system (see payments) then generally
speaking in our tickets we will show this as the amount
the supplier requires.
Twin Share: All tours with camping or accommodation tend
to be twin share or even dorm share. Our tours have this
listed. Twin share is when 2 people share a room with two
single beds in the one room with shared facilities. Some
tours offer optional extra upgrades so a person be be accommodated
Single Supplementary Charge: When you have a single adult
travelling and the tour is based on twin share. This person
then requests if available a single tent or room to themselves
paying the difference for upgrading.
Optional Tour: This is where a passenger may choose a
option not part of the tour itinerary such as a flight over
the Kakadu escarpment or Quad 4WD-ing on a tour from Hobart.
Addon: A supplementry charge. This is explain when offered
GST: The Australian Goods and Services Tax. This is 10%
YHA: Youth Hostel Association member
VIP: A Membership of a backpackers Association
Backpacker: It used to be some one with their travel
and personal items in a canvas bag strapped onto their back
in a napsack, travelling in a oneway direction on a limited
budget exploring different nations and cultural as they
travelled through that country. Nowdays it can include such
people as a couple of professionals (with the backpack)
on a limited time frame travelling just one country wanting
to explore it's icons and highlights with a very generous
budget staying in 4 star hotels.
Packaged Tour: Pre-arranged combination of such as hotel,
air, sightseeing and social events packaged together and
sold as an all-inclusive package.
Specials: This is generally speaking a package or tour
with a set time to pay and to travel by that has been discounted.
Transfers: Usually this means the mode of transport from
your hotel to the tour starting point or finishing or airport.
Not generally used in our tours. Except mught be used when
you fly into Seven Spirit Bay or Bathhurst Island tours.
Force Majeure: From the French, literally a stronger
force. In the context of a tour operator's responsibility
clause, referring to something beyond one's control, as
in an act of God. Reference 'GroupTravel' Author Martha
Sarbey de Souto.
Independent Australia Vacations: On our classes in our
sites the following applies - When you as a single adult
or couple or family travelling and the tour is sectionalized
to a area say as Darwin to Alice Springs 5 days including
Uluru. Lets say your trip, your holiday, your vacation is
30 days then this tour is just one independent tour within
that 30 days. Other classes of a vacation may include the
flights say from USA to Australia return with built-in 5
individual touring components and transfers and all accommodation
catering for every day of the 30 days vacation in Australia.
What is a escorted Australia tour in Australia? An escorted
Australia tour usually appoints and has a tour director
on board and at your accommodations (unlike a an independent
vacation). Though some vacation packages include the services
of a local host such as home stay or national park guide
or local icon destination authority in select cities and
A tour director has many tasks and roles though can also
offer advise on travel of that tour, can recommend restaurants,
suggest optional sightseeing activities and help with your
schedule for any external excursions.
The Selfdrive Glossary We Use:
4WD Hire: Generally a large current model standard Toyota
Land Cruiser Station Wagon or similar Nissan. An example
of a operators 4WD clause would be as follows: Four Wheel
Drive Vehicles can also be driven on recognized gazetted
unsealed tracks but may only travel to the following remote
areas with the express written permission of Apollo: Any
Islands, Tasmania, Simpson Desert, Gunbarrel Highway, Cape
York (North of Daintree River), Oodnadatta Track, Birdsville
Track, Tanami Track, Gibb River Road, Kalumburu Road, Warburton
Road, Strzelecki Track, Cape Leveque, Bungle Bungles and
any other remote area. No Vehicle is permitted on the last
2 kilometres of the Lennard River Gorge Road, the Canning
Stock-route, The Lost City in Litchfield Park and the Telegraph
Road section of the road to Cape York.
4WD Camper: A 4WD campervan is a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle
with a rear cabin for sleeping and sometimes a dining and
meals preparation area. There is also a storage area for
personal belongings, stoves and fridges.
Camper: A 2WD campervan is a 2 Wheel Drive vehicle with
a rear cabin for sleeping and sometimes a dining and meals
preparation area. There is also a storage area for personal
belongings, stoves and fridges.
Campervan: A campervan is a self-propelled vehicle that
provides both transport and sleeping accommodation. The
term mainly describes vans that have been fitted out for
use as accommodation. They are considered as an alternative
to the purpose-built recreational vehicle or motorhome because
they are smaller and handle like most vans. Reference- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campervan
Motorhome: Generally a luxurious long body vehicle with
over a 2 Metre height factor and is a Two Wheel Drive Vehicle
that can only be driven on sealed/bitumen roads or well
maintained access roads less than 5 kilometres long to recognised
campgrounds. Motorhomes accommodated from 1-6 people with
generous room to move around and has a mains 240V airconditionersbut
the amp is 15amps not to be plugged into a normal wall socket
more for tourist parks and proper campgrounds which are
fitted with 3 phase in Australia, also compact toilet and
RV: Recreational vehicle is a vehicle used for the personal
pleasure of selfdrive travel- we tend to use this in the
same reference as the motorhome.
Hire + Rentals: Both words actually mean different things
in the dictionary though in the selfdrive industry we generally
recognise them as the same meaning. That is to engage in
a rental contract in hiring a vehicle the the hirer will
drive themselves from agreed start and finish location with
agreement in writing to the suppliers Terms and Conditions.
Selfdrive: A vehicle 2WD or 4WD that the driver is the