We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!
Outback Treks endeavors to offer high-quality, exciting, and adventure-filled itineraries that highlight and focus on the diversity of landscapes found in Australia. As a specialised “niche” tour operator started by Magnus Eriksson in 1989. His aim was to provide the most authentic, unique and exciting off-road adventures Australia could offer.
The Outback Treks family began back in the late 1980s, when Magnus Eriksson was creating, operating and leading ground breaking adventure tours throughout inland Australia and crossing the vast deserts and jungles found on this incredible continent. These tours were ad hoc and started with just an old Series 2 Land Rover ute. We slowly upgraded our vehicles and improved our operation. OT was born and the adventures grew bigger and better.
In 1994 Magnus decided to concentrate on what he loved doing the most, and he established Outback Treks as a specialist tour operator in the region he knew best – Inland Australia. The “niche” was to promote offroad group tours directly to clients all around the world via the internet. Magnus set the standard for all subsequent Outback Treks tours by offering a high quality tour – from customer service, to well researched routes to the guides we use – at a good value.
Our well-planned eye-opening tours provide an active immersion into outback Australia. By combining legendary service and rare opportunities for cultural experiences, our travel philosophy continues to excite, enthuse, and positively impact every guest.
Outback Treks staff and all of our professionally licensed multi-lingual tour guides are passionate about creating the best possible experiences, with fun, creativity, and total dedication to satisfaction.
Why Outback Treks
An Outback Treks tour is an expert led tagalong 4wd journey in Australia and internationally. We strive to make our tours as safe and exciting as they can possibly be and constantly fine-tune our services and itineraries. On all our tours we maintain a high standard of service and attention to detail. Through meticulous itinerary planning, careful preparation, thorough staff training and attention to our client’s needs, we deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience.
If you have narrowed down a destination or a four wheel drive challenge, we suggest that you download or request the Factsheet for that tour and read over the itinerary where there will be more information about what you’ll see, driving conditions, visa information and weather.
If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, or require further advice, please remember you can always contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.
About our Tours
An Outback Treks tour is an expert led off road journey in Australia or one of our international destinations. We strive to make our tours as exciting as they can possibly be and constantly fine-tune our services and itineraries. On all our tours we maintain a high standard of service and attention to detail. Through meticulous itinerary planning, careful preparation, thorough staff training and attention to our client’s needs, we deliver a comfortable, safe, fun and enriching travel experience every time!
We design all our own itineraries, carefully researching each new route. We constantly review our tours to ensure that we offer the optimum experience. Outback Treks is one of very few specialist tour operators in Australia. If you surf the Internet you will see that our itineraries sometimes appear on other websites. In some cases these are websites selling spaces on our tours.
The Tour Route
The route is the core feature of a successful 4wd tour. Many operators offer all the frills with their service but miss the point when it comes to the routes they take. Take Cape York for example. There are 2 ways to see Cape York. There is the normal trip to the top with a days excitement on the Old Telegraph Track. Then there is the way we go. We hardly touch the normal way at all. We take in the Bloomfield Track, CREB Track, Starke Track, Frenchmans Track and the Old Telegraph Track along with a few excursions to try and find an elusive Barra or 3.
At Outback Treks we make the effort to weave together enjoyable routes with favourite destinations. As much as we can, we take the most interesting tracks and make sure we get in the best four wheel driving. We break in the worthwhile places and always take the scenic and exciting route.
Keeping the Balance
All customers need a good sense of balance and we try to strike the right balance between price and service for our tours. We want to provide the very best services and comfort for our clients without being overly exclusive or expensive.
In terms of where we fit in the hierarchy of international tagalong tour providers we try to follow the middle way. We are not expensive, but we are certainly not a cut-price operation. Our tours are fully supported with the best 4WD support vehicle in Australia, well-trained staff and a full range of top-end equipment. We take very good care of our clients.
Our staff to client ratio is very high. We do not make you fix your own flat tyres, we are there to help and we certainly don’t assign chores. We provide more comfortable services and accommodation than most operations, but at a similar price!
What is Included
We offer a wide range of tours from 10 day trips to a 122 day epic trip from ‘Around Australia’, and all of our tours cover the essentials.
Our service begins long before the tour departs. To help you make your decision, we email you a detailed fact sheet for each tour with information on what you will see, what’s included, what documents you need, what the weather is like and what to expect. When you book a space we send you a pre-departure information sheet telling you what you need to bring, how to pack and what paperwork you require.
You will meet your guide and support vehicle driver who are responsible for taking care of you (staff numbers vary with the size of the tour). They ensure that everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy a trouble-free journey with no worries about logistics or timetables. As well as showing you the way, our guides share local information, inside knowledge and their unique cultural perspective with you.
At the end of the day, you get to dine at either the ‘1 million star restaurant’ or one of the many outback pubs we stop at, while we prepare and check on conditions for the next day’s adventure. Outback Treks’ clients never go hungry for new challenges and never miss out on anything!
Every night we setup our bush camp. We select campsites that have a low impact on the surrounding flora and fauna, perfectly in tune with the surrounding environment. Of course the logistical realities of designing an itinerary and the the ever changing conditions mean that it is not always possible to find our ideal bush campsite in each location.
In fact, the logistics have forced us to become more creative than that! We offer a good mix of accommodation on all of our tours. Always aiming for memorable locations, we use the best of what is available.
Statistically speaking, an average Outback Treks Tour consists of 10 vehicles, a tour leader and a support vehicle.
Of the 10, three will return the following year to take another Outback Treks tour, four will join another Outback Treks tour within three years and two will at least contact us to show an interest in joining another tour. We sometimes wonder what happens to the other one!
Our exceptionally good rate of return tells us we must be doing something right. It also tells us something about the people who join our tours. Outback Treks customers are fun and part of the attraction of our tours is meeting like minded people with a passion for traveling by four wheel drive.
A Numbers Game
Although an average tour departs with 10 vehicles, on the rare occasional scheduled tour we don’t always receive the minimum number of five bookings. In cases where we don’t have the minimum bookings, we will offer you the opportunity to travel for a small surcharge, so you can rest assured the tour will depart as scheduled no matter what. This gives you the security to get to the start point, book time off work and make all the necessary plans you need in full confidence that your holiday will go on as planned. If the minimum number is reached before the tour sets off, the surcharge will be refunded in full. You also have the option of transferring to another tour.
The Bottom Line
Our tours are priced so they are affordable for the average person. For some people it’s cheap, while for others it is expensive. But one thing written many times over in our guest book is “amazing value”. This is something we are very proud of and have worked hard to achieve. Outback Treks offers exceptional personal servicevat prices well below our competitors and a higher standard of service than any other tour companies in our price range. We are confident that we offer the best value and highest quality four wheel drive adventures in Australia.