Nuance Tours

Alice Springs and Surrounds

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Welcome to Nuance Tours, a real down to earth travel adventure unlike any other. If you want to experience the REAL Australian Outback without the large tourist groups, tour buses and hotels, you will enjoy Nuance Tours. Our Tour Packages offer comprehensive itineraries for individuals, small groups and couples wanting private safari adventures throughout Central Australia. Your private Tour Guide will share local knowledge and expertise of the region.

With Nuance Tours you'll get:

Professional Service: Nuance Tours offers a professional and personalised experience with the option to customise your own tour itineraries.

Expert Guide: Andrew is not your typical tour guide. With a background as rich and diverse as the landscapes he traverses, he brings a depth of knowledge and experience that sets him apart in the world of Australian bushmen. As a highly commended and awarded landscape photographer, Andrew has an innate understanding of the natural beauty that lies within Australia's vast deserts. Armed with medium and large format film cameras, he captures moments of raw beauty that few others can rival.

Andrew's connection to the desert runs far deeper than just a photographer's lens. For the past eight years, he has called Central Australia home, immersing himself in the rugged terrain and forging bonds with the land and its people. During this time, he spent six years working closely with the Pitjantjatjara people, learning their culture and gaining invaluable insights into their deep connection to the land.

His journey led him to work as a ranger coordinator in the Indigenous Ranger program for four years, where he was stationed in Kaltukatjara NT, Kunawaritji WA, and Mulan WA, some of Australias most remote communities. It was here that Andrew truly honed his skills as a bushman, learning from Indigenous people everything he knows about navigating the vast expanses of the Australian desert.

Andrew's time as a ranger coordinator was not just about administrative duties; it was about supporting the culture and traditions of the people he worked alongside. He became a speaker of Pitjantjatjara, a testament to his dedication to understanding and respecting the culture of the land he called home. Through this immersion, he developed lifelong relationships with a Pitjantjatjara family and a Walmatjari family. Starting Nuance Tours gave Andrew the freedom and ability to travel and maintain these relationships.

Andrew's expertise extends beyond cultural understanding; he is also one of the best four-wheel drivers around. Having explored almost every desert 4WD route in Australia, he possesses an intimate knowledge of the terrain and the skills to navigate it safely. His experience in remote travel and safety is unparalleled, ensuring that those who embark on his tours are in the most capable hands.

One of Andrew's most memorable experiences was participating in expeditions in the Great Sandy Desert and Central Ranges with indigenous rangers. These expeditions were not just about exploration; they were about reconnecting elders with sacred sites they hadn't visited since childhood. Andrew’s four wheel drive skills played a vital role in these journeys, spending more time off-track than on-track. As Andrew embarks on this new chapter of his journey, founding his own tour company offering private 4WD tours throughout Australia's deserts, he brings with him a lifetime of experiences and a passion for sharing the beauty and wonder of the outback with others. For those who choose to join him on this adventure, they can rest assured that they will not only see the desert but truly experience it through the eyes of a true pioneer in desert exploration.

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Alice Springs, NT, Australia

Cancellation Policy

Tour Operations

1.1 The Company will make every effort to operate all tours as advertised to the best of its abilities.
1.2 The Company operates in extremely remote areas and reserves the right to amend, vary, re-route, or cancel an adventure itinerary if road, climatic, or other circumstances deem it necessary in the Company's best judgment.
1.3 The Company cannot guarantee exact arrival and departure times.
1.4 The Company may cancel a tour if the minimum required number of participants is not achieved. In such cases, the Company will notify you as soon as possible.
1.5 No pets are permitted on Nuance Tours.

Responsibility and Duty of Care
2.1 Participants must adhere to the safety and other instructions provided by the authorized tour leader throughout the tour.
2.2 The Company does not make flight bookings, hotel bookings, or rental car bookings.
2.3 All bookings made with the Company are subject to the terms, conditions, limitations, and liabilities imposed by other suppliers. Some suppliers may limit or exclude liability for death, personal injury, or delay.
2.4 The Company is not liable for the acts, omissions, or defaults, whether negligent or otherwise, of other suppliers or participants on the tour.
2.5 While every care and precaution is taken, the Company is not liable for the sickness or injury of any participant.
2.6 Participants must confirm that they do not have any pre-existing medical condition or disability that would prevent them from participating in or completing the tour.
2.7 In areas without proper medical services, the Company is authorized to take necessary actions for the provision of medical services, including medical evacuation, doctor or nurse attendance, and hospital services, as deemed necessary by the Company.
2.8 All associated costs of providing medical services as specified in Clause 2.7 are to be borne by the participants.
2.9 The Company strongly recommends that participants obtain comprehensive travel insurance, including medical evacuation coverage, cancellation insurance, and theft of personal property, to indemnify against any losses for which they would otherwise be liable under this Agreement. Participants are also advised to have vehicle insurance (in addition to third-party insurance).
2.10 Clients participating in Nuance Tours tours or training courses are required to be fully vaccinated. Clients are responsible for complying with current COVID testing and vaccination requirements, and proof of vaccination may be requested. If a client is denied entry to the tour location due to non-vaccination or non-compliance with testing requirements and is unable to join the tour or training course, they will forfeit any tour payments made. If the client cancels due to government-imposed travel restrictions, Nuance Tours may, at its discretion, offer a credit note for future use or issue a refund (subject to administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on the timing of cancellation notice).
2.11 I/We understand that Nuance Tours operates in extremely remote areas on difficult terrain and Nuance tours will not be responsible for any damage to tag-along vehicle sustained on the tour.
2.12 While every care and precaution is taken, the Company is not liable for any damage to personal property while on Tour, including cameras.

3.1 For logistical and safety reasons, a tag-along convoy organized by Nuance Tours can comprise no more than 10 individuals, including the guide.
3.2 For logistical and safety reasons, a ride-along tour organized by Nuance Tours can comprise no more than 4 individuals, including the guide.
3.3 I confirm that I and any co-drivers possess a valid driver’s license valid in Australia.
3.4 I/we accept full responsibility for the maintenance of my/our vehicle during a tag-along tour. This includes regularly checking water, battery and oil levels and tyre pressures.
3.5 I/we understand that ‘tag-along-tours’ and ‘ride-along tours’ are challenging adventures traversing remote areas.
3.6 I/we understand that the price of the tour does not include the cost of any vehicle repairs or towing expenses for tag-along tours.
3.7 I/we understand that for tag-along tours we will be liable for all traffic offences incurred during the tour.
3.8 I/we understand that it is a requirement of the tag-along tour to hold adequate recovery insurance for remote locations to the sum of at least $10,000.
3.9 I/We understand that if said recovery insurance is on a reimbursement basis, Nuance Tours shall bear no cost for the recovery of any vehicle from any location.
3.10 Any disruptive or disrespectful behaviour, including harassment or discrimination, will not be tolerated and may result in immediate expulsion from the tour without refund.

Booking and Payment
4.1 To make a booking, client/agent must provide Nuance Tours with written, or e-mailed instructions along with a 20% deposit payable to Nuance Tours by bank transfer. A booking is accepted on the issue of written confirmation by Nuance Tours.
4.2 Deposits must be received by Nuance Tours a minimum of 60 days prior to departure.
4.3 The final balance of the specified amount payable for the tour is due 30 days prior to departure. If a booking is made within 30 days prior to departure, then payment in full must accompany the booking.
4.4 In the case of any cancellation prior to commencement by Nuance Tours, Nuance Tours will offer a full refund of monies paid less expenses, or try to include you on a subsequent tour.
4.5 Should it be necessary for you to cancel your tour, you must notify Nuance Tours immediately in writing/email. The notification will take effect the day it is received by Nuance Tours.
Monies will be refunded less incurred administration costs as set out in the schedule below:
Number of days before departure: (this may be flexible at Nuance Tours discretion):
More than 30 days - loss of deposit
30 days or less - no refund
4.6 At Nuance Tours discretion, if your place can be filled by another full-paying client prior to the tour departure date, Nuance Tours will refund your money minus the deposit and any additional incurred administration costs. We recommend you take out travel insurance to cover this possibility.
4.7 Due to the Good Samaritan laws of the Northern Territory no refund will be provided if the tour is disrupted while assisting any person in need of medical assistance or rescue along the tour’s route.
4.8 The Northern Territory can be subject to extreme weather events and NT Parks can be closed at short notice for extended periods of times. In the event of a closure due to extreme weather, monies will be refunded less incurred administration costs as set out in the schedule below:
Number of days before departure: (this may be flexible at Nuance Tours discretion):
30-7 days - 50% of package price
7 days or less - no refund
Nuance Tours will endeavour to reschedule or re-book onto an alternative trip in the event of a cancelation due to extreme weather.

Photography Workshop
5.1 The Organizer reserves the right to modify the Workshop schedule, curriculum, or instructors as necessary.
5.2. Workshop content, including but not limited to presentations, handouts, and exercises, is the intellectual property of Nuance Tours and may not be reproduced or distributed without permission.
5.3. Participants may not record or photograph workshop sessions without prior consent from the Organizer and fellow participants.
5.4 No images captured during the workshop may be used for commercial purposes without express written permission from Nuance Tours.
5.5 Nuance Tours reserves the right to use any images taken during the workshop by Nuance Tours employees for commercial purposes.
5.6 Nuance Tours will not use any image captured by a participant in the workshop for commercial purposes.

Legal Considerations
5.1 Neither Nuance Tours, its Tour Leaders, or other persons or organizations associated with the tour accept any liability for any damage to any persons or property resulting from the subsequent action of participants.
5.2 These terms and conditions are incapable of alteration or waiver by a servant, agent or representative of Nuance Tours or by any other supplier.
5.3 I give my permission for Nuance Tours to use any digital, film or video photographs they may take of me, my family or my vehicle, in their advertising, or web site.
5.4 Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, Nuance Tours shall not be liable for any loss, injury, delay, damage or other casualty suffered or incurred by you due to storms, fires, earthquakes, explosions, embargoes, Government directives, or any other law or regulation, litigation or labour dispute, act of God.


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