Typically tag-along tours are very professional operations. Some years ago there may have been a few less reputable service providers, but the risks to unprofessional service providers is so high, that few survive today's rigorous safety standards. Many tour guides have undertaken extensive training in a range of diverse fields such as off-road driver training
, radio telephony, survival, occupational health and safety, leadership and team building, customer service, cultural awareness, cooking and hygiene, time management, small business and finance, geology, botany, astronomy, navigation and many more subjects. Today most tour operations are as professional as any business you would encounter in your daily work life.
A tour guide's primary role is to ensure a safe enjoyable journey for all participants and any members of the public encountered along the way. They also have to ensure minimal environmental damage and must remain sensitive to any cultural issues. Managing these issues, the day-to-day operation of a tour and interacting with people in a friendly and entertaining way is the work of a skilled person. Few who lack these skills will survive in the business today.
So why not consider a tag-along tour for your next holiday? Whether it be in the more populated centres, in the outback, or a remote desert location, there is a tour operator out there who can provide you with an experience you will remember for your entire life. If you are an experienced traveller, take the opportunity to holiday without the extensive preparation normally associated with such travel. Get your head out of the maps, and enjoy the scenery.
What Tour Operators May Provide?
Below is a general guide to what you may expect to be offered by a professional tour operator.
- Off-road driving knowledge
- Local Knowledge, history and information about flora and fauna
- Sometimes they provide specialised knowledge - such as photography, canoeing, fishing, etc
- Mechanical knowledge
- Recovery Skills
- Tyre repair skills and equipment
- Convoy Management
- Information about refuel points and fuel management strategy
- Water management
- Shower or bathing facilities where required
- Privacy tents and toilet facilities where required
- Communications such as HF radio or satellite phone
- First Aid
- On some tours meals are also provided
- BBQ plates, and some cooking equipment
- Communal Lighting
What Participants May Need to Bring?
Below is a general guide to what the tour operator may expect you as a participant to bring along.
- Your own or hired 4WD vehicle suitable for the trip
- Tyres of suitable type usually at least All Terrain (AT)
- Tyres with sufficient tread, usually 70% minimum
- At least two spare tyres and at least one spare wheel
- For remote area travel, basic spares such as fuel filter and radiator hoses
- UHF radio - hire units are usually available
- Food (except on catered trips)
- Refrigeration - some catered trips may also require you to carry a fridge to share load
- Camping equipment- such as tent and bedding
- Plates and cutlery - except on some catered trips
- Personal items
- Vehicles, fridges and camping equipment can be hired from many tour operators themselves, or via third party who provide discounted prices to tour operators.