Outback for beginners 4WD Tour

5 Day Tag-Along adventure

Outback for beginners 4WD Tour

5 Day Tag-Along adventure

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One of the wonders of Western Australia is the sheer amount of different landscapes it has to offer.

The South Coast has absolutely world-class moody, rock-lined beaches. The Goldfields has desertscapes like you wouldn’t believe. The Kimberley region has turquoise waters meeting red sands in a tropical paradise.

WA does have so many wonderful areas, but it’s a very long way between regions.

The Holland Track and surrounds is the closest thing Western Australia has to a sample pack of outback landscapes. 
Starting at the North end, with monumental natural structures such as Victoria Rocks, Thursday Rock or Sandalwood Rocks, you could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at a smaller Uluru, albeit in a bushland setting. Within a few hours of off-roading, you can find your way to salt lake desert country where the sheer expanse can take your breath away. A few hours South and you might find yourself nearing the South Coast.

Brought to you by

Serial explorers Toby & Andy Richardson
&
Rough As Guts

andy and toby richardson standing side by side in front of cars and motorcycles

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What Our Google Reviews are saying

Learning from Toby and the crew in a beautiful and secluded location was great. Loved the off road 4WD tour and seeing local flora and fauna. Thank you!

Alex Stumpf

 Remote amazing locations I would never be able to take myself.

Just knowing that professionals had the safety aspects of an adventure trip covered so me and my partner could just relax and just take it all in - was absolutely special.

Tim Kershaw

They took us to some of the most remote and gorgeous locations.

For me, the best part was learning along the way. We got stuck, but Toby and Andy knew exactly what to do and we were out in no time. On top of that, they took the time to show us what they were doing and taught us along the way. 

Six2Twelve Travel

I only had to take the very basics of personal camping gear and Toby from rough as guts had everything else that was needed including good laughs along the way. 

If you want a genuinely amazing time with great people. Toby is your guy.

Daniel Varadi

What Our Google Reviews are saying

Learning from Toby and the crew in a beautiful and secluded location was great. Loved the off road 4WD tour and seeing local flora and fauna. Thank you!

Alex Stumpf

 Remote amazing locations I would never be able to take myself.

Just knowing that professionals had the safety aspects of an adventure trip covered so me and my partner could just relax and just take it all in - was absolutely special.

Tim Kershaw

They took us to some of the most remote and gorgeous locations.

For me, the best part was learning along the way. We got stuck, but Toby and Andy knew exactly what to do and we were out in no time. On top of that, they took the time to show us what they were doing and taught us along the way. 

Six2Twelve Travel

I only had to take the very basics of personal camping gear and Toby from rough as guts had everything else that was needed including good laughs along the way. 

If you want a genuinely amazing time with great people. Toby is your guy.

Daniel Varadi

What You Get

Turn-Key

Everything is organised and taken care of. Leave your worries at home.

Access

Native title permits, national park fees, camping levies. We'll take care of everything.

Support

We've got all the recovery gear and know how to use it.

What You Get

Turn-Key

Everything is organised and taken care of. Leave your worries at home.

Access

Native title permits, national park fees, camping levies. We'll take care of everything.

Support

We've got all the recovery gear and know how to use it.

  • All access fees and permits (where relevant).
    • National park entry fees
    • Camping fees
    • Vehicle fees
    • Native title permits
  • The price covers one vehicle and two people.
    • Additional passengers can be added for a small fee.

We carry all necessary recovery equipment and all our tour vehicles are fitted with winches. You’ll never be stuck in the desert if you’re with us.

All our vehicles are well maintained, but we bring multiple 4WDs on each tour so that we’re covered no matter what happens.

We ensure all permits are in place and all fees paid, so that you’re always met with a warm welcome.

And finally, we’ve personally never had any issues in the bush, but if you’ve watched Wolf Creek a few too many times, you can rest assured that there’s safety in numbers.

The Holland Track starts near Coolgardie in the Goldfields.

In its day it extended to the South of the state and would see dreamers walk North for months with nothing but their wheelbarrows and backpacks, in hopes of finding their fortune during the Goldrush.

In search of this elusive wonder, many would instead perish in the desert heat, never to make it off the Holland Track.

Today, the track is sign-posted and well worn in. We follow the track South bound until approximately half way and then turn off to find an adventure without sign posts, more in the spirit of the early explorers in this region. From here we follow a series of lesser known tracks between a network of salt lakes until we find ourselves in the Greater Western Woodlands.

Join us for a guided 4WD tour, where we experience adventure, history and see the outback.

  • All access fees and permits (where relevant).
    • National park entry fees
    • Camping fees
    • Vehicle fees
    • Native title permits
  • The price covers one vehicle and two people.
    • Additional passengers can be added for a small fee.

We carry all necessary recovery equipment and all our tour vehicles are fitted with winches. You’ll never be stuck in the desert if you’re with us.

All our vehicles are well maintained, but we bring multiple 4WDs on each tour so that we’re covered no matter what happens.

We ensure all permits are in place and all fees paid, so that you’re always met with a warm welcome.

And finally, we’ve personally never had any issues in the bush, but if you’ve watched Wolf Creek a few too many times, you can rest assured that there’s safety in numbers.

The Holland Track starts near Coolgardie in the Goldfields.

In its day it extended to the South of the state and would see dreamers walk North for months with nothing but their wheelbarrows and backpacks, in hopes of finding their fortune during the Goldrush.

In search of this elusive wonder, many would instead perish in the desert heat, never to make it off the Holland Track.

Today, the track is sign-posted and well worn in. We follow the track South bound until approximately half way and then turn off to find an adventure without sign posts, more in the spirit of the early explorers in this region. From here we follow a series of lesser known tracks between a network of salt lakes until we find ourselves in the Greater Western Woodlands.

Join us for a guided 4WD tour, where we experience adventure, history and see the outback.

Why take a tour through western australia?

Why Western Australia?

Western Australia.
There’s nothing like it.

With a state the size of Western Europe, it’s no wonder there’s a lot to see. Rudall River, our biggest national park is the same size as England and we usually encounter less than 20 other people when we lead our tours through there.

The East Pilbara Shire is the largest shire in the world, yet it has a population of 9,000 people. This is one of the reasons we run tours in this area, because not only is it some of the most awe-inspiring scenery anywhere, we usually have it to ourselves.

As tour guides, we try our best to show people as much of Western Australia as possible, without rushing. Even then, we know we’re barely scratching the surface with a single 4WD tour.

Even after we show you Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Karijini or Mitchell Falls, there’ll be so much more to see and you’ll be hooked.

So be warned: Once you see some of the majesty of WA by joining us on a 4WD tour, there’s no going back. You’ll be an explorer from that moment onwards.

Why Come on an Outback for Beginners tour?

If you want to explore the outback and go camping but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone.

The 4WD industry thrives on creating as much distraction as possible.

Like any other industry, 4WD retailers only make money by selling products, but when it comes to camping, far more products are sold in the planning stages. People that are already on a trip often realise how little they need to get by and without the excitement of another upcoming adventure, usually don’t buy anything when they get back.

4WD brands know that to maximise their sales, they’re better off trying to keep people in the planning stages. What better relief from work, mortgages and the day to day than planning for your next big adventure.

“Don’t go until you have one of these…” “just one more thing and then you’ll be ready…”. Combine this with living in the age of blog spam and omnipresent influencers, and we can quickly see that the problem isn’t a lack of information, but way too much. Aside from being told what products you need, industry bodies, caravan associations and the RAC are telling us exactly where we should take those products too. Never mind that it just happens to be a “holiday park” that they themselves own.

Not knowing where to go, what to take and how to use it, therefore isn’t just understandable, it’s perfectly reasonable.

Instead of being welcomed and mentored, newcomers to four wheel driving, camping and adventure are instead being fought over, with large advertising budgets competing for their attention. The company that helps them the most isn’t the winner, instead it’s whomever sells them the most products.

We know how difficult it is to find the right place to start.

We’ve been at the same 4WD shows as all the national and multi-national brands that are collectively spending millions on telling you to buy just one more thing from them before you hit the road. We had never intended to offer a tour specifically aimed at helping newcomers, but after talking to countless people and realising the mounting frustrations that are out there, we decided we should. Of course, we did decide that after considering the commercial appeal to ourselves, we are a business after all, but there’s no reason why we can’t turn a profit while helping people uncover their own pre-existing capabilities and appetite for adventure. We wouldn’t describe the industry as self-serving and then claim that we’re acting solely out of charity.

We’ve been living this lifestyle for a long time.

Our adventures in the outback pre-date the development of most of what’s now being sold as “must-haves”.

We don’t want our tour guests coming back to us for more and more tours (well, actually we would like that), but our objective is to show you this wonderful country of ours and enable you to go off and tackle it on your own, without any dependency on us. That’s what this tour is all about.

There’s no need to guess what “must-have” items you really do need, when you can see what we use on our tours. We’ll advise on the essentials that you need, but we’ll bring the rest. Cooking equipment, satellite phones, GPS, winches and recovery gear, portable marquees and more. There’s plenty that you won’t need personally, but what better way to decide than by real world application and seeing how they get used in the field.

By joining us on our Outback for Beginners tour, there’s a few things you’ll get to do.

  • Develop confidence off-road without being thrown straight into the deep end (unless that’s what you want).
  • See how 4WD recoveries can be done safely and effectively in real scenarios.
  • Experience real bush camping and see the difference between true must-haves and what are actually just nice-to-haves.
  • Refine your fire-side BS talking skills. We offer tutelage from the very best…
  • Gain the skills and confidence to go on your own adventures again and again.

 

Adventure is a pretty broad and subjective term, so when we say we’ll provide an adventure, here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Develop your skills and confidence at your own pace, challenging yourself but being able to stay within your comfort zone. We won’t push you any more than you ask to be encouraged, and there’s plenty of tracks on this route where we can adapt to how challenging you want it to be.
  • Challenge yourself while remaining in the safety of being with experienced guides who will help facilitate your journey.
  • Share the adventure. Be surrounded by likeminded people who are also taking on the challenge to grow. Achievement is so much more rewarding when it’s acknowledged around the camp fire by someone who is on the same journey.

 

Become a confident off-road driver and explorer.

Learn what accessories and products you really need.

Know exactly what types of terrain and challenges you can tackle, so you can get out there and do it again and again.

Avoid biting off more than you can chew, or even worse, putting it off altogether.

Join us, not for the adventure of a lifetime, but rather, what will become a lifetime of adventures.

Frequently asked questions

What type of vehicle is required?

A 4WD vehicle with reasonable ground clearance is required. You don’t need a car with a lift kit or other modifications, but it does need to be a 4WD, not an AWD (all-wheel-drive). 

AWDs such as Subarus, Audi Q7’s, BMW X5’s, Porsch Cayennes, Range Rovers or similar are unsuitable.

If in doubt, just tell us what you’ve got and we’ll let you know.

Generally, anything similar to the cars listed below are suitable:

  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Prado
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Ford Ranger
  • Nissan Patrol
  • Nissan Navara
  • Mitsubishi Pajero
  • Mitsubishi Triton
  • Isuzu D-Max
  • Holden Colorado
  • Volkswagen Amarok
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Ford Everest
  • Mazda BT-50
  • Suzuki Jimny
Do I need to be an experienced off-roader?

You will be an experienced off-road four wheel driver by the time you’ve finished one of our tours. We can guide you along the way, but if you’re concerned, we can recommend a training course that you can do in advance. If you’re not too sure about putting yourself to the test on a long, remote tour, our Outback for Beginners tour was made just for you.

Can I come on a tour if I don't own a 4WD?

Yes.

We have a few friends in the industry that have fully kitted-out 4WDs available for hire. We’ll gladly put you in touch.

Will there be mobile reception or internet?

There will be reception in some towns and communities that we pass through, but generally we will go for several days at a time without coverage.

We carry satellite phones and communicators, so if anything unexpected happens we do have the ability to get in touch with anyone necessary. If you’re waiting on important news such as a house settling or a grand child being born or anything else that’s important to you, let us know and we’ll make it work.

Some tour operators are advertising that they offer Star Link internet on their tours. What a way to ruin the magic. If the important news you’re waiting on is the cricket score, then we can’t help you. After all, what we’re really offering from Rough As Guts, is full immersion in the Australian Outback. The first few days might be a struggle to unwind and disconnect, but we’ll soon slip into the groove and enjoy the serenity.

Does my 4WD need any modifications?

The main thing you’ll require is a UHF radio, so that we have communication across the convoy. If you don’t have a UHF and don’t want to buy one just for the trip, which is fair enough, then we can lend you a hand-held unit.

For vehicles using hand-helds, we just ask that you travel somewhere near the middle of the group where you’ll have enough range to be in contact with at least one other car.

All terrain tyres are the minimum requirement and mud terrains are even better. We ask that you have approximately 70% or more of the tread remaining before the start of the tour.

Bull bars are a great idea for country driving, but the choice is yours. Most incidents with livestock or kangaroos happen on sealed roads, but we’d hate for something to happen while you’re on your way to the start of the tour.

Winches are a bonus, but not necessary. All our tour vehicles have winches so that if anyone needs a winch recovery (which is not expected), we can winch you out with one of our cars.

Is a long-range tank required?

We base our tour routes and refuelling stops around a standard 70L tank and one Jerry can. We request that each car brings two Jerrys, so that there is a buffer. If you do have a long range tank, you should have more than enough range for any of our tours.

Do I need my own recovery gear?

It’s always a good idea to carry your own recovery gear, but if you don’t have any, that’s no problem. We’ve got you covered, as it’s all part of the service we’re providing.

Will there be time to see the sights, or is it all just driving?

There will be plenty of time to see the sights along the way, and we will take you to a a myriad of cool spots. All of our tours are designed to strike a nice balance between covering ground and taking time to relax and explore the scenery.

Can I bring a camper trailer?

We provide catering and a whole host of amenities, so that there’s no real need for camper trailers. We do understand that everyone has different requirements or may have a back injury and prefer a real bed, so we do cater for trailers where possible.

Our Three Desert tour which covers part of the Canning Stock Route is unsuitable for any trailer. Our other tours can accomodate camper trailers, provided they’re designed specifically for off-road use and are compact. Please get in touch with us before booking, if you are hoping to bring a trailer.

What should I bring?

We have a very detailed packing list that forms part of the information pack, which can easily be downloaded by using one of the forms on this page. 

How much of the camping will be in caravan parks?

The only time we stay at caravan parks or station stays with amenities is sometimes on the night before the tour, or on the last night. We like to travel where there are no facilities and instead sleep under a chandelier of stars, far away from civilisation and light pollution.

Are the prices all inclusive?

Absolutely. 

We want to be completely upfront with our advertising and not increase the price as you get further through the sale process. We don’t use “from pricing”. The only time you’ll pay more is if you want to bring more than two people in one vehicle and this fee is just to cover ancillary costs like national park fees etc.

What if I get sick or injured in the middle of nowhere?

Just in case something unexpected happens, we have satellite phones; GPS tracker/communicators; EPIRB/PLBs and radio comms. We are also current with our first-aid training and carry comprehensive emergency kits.

Generally, a stubbed toe caused by a breaking double plugger will be the worst injury on a trip. It’s up to you to bring a spare pair of thongs for such an emergency.

How can I book?

That’s easy. Just use the form to get a copy of the information pack which has all of our tour dates, our terms and conditions and payment policies, and has a link to where you can book directly. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have. All our contact details are in the info pack.

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