About Red Dirt Tours
Red Dirt Tours is a one "man" show - it's me, my bus and my computer! And of course there's the support from many locals and industry contacts (thank you)!
I'm Vicki, Vicki Jones. I had my first venture into the world of tour guiding when I was 22, working at the Lodge at Carnarvon Gorge. I then worked as a tour guide for the next 12 years in a number of ecotourism resorts and tour operations around outback Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania but then ventured into tour guide training and management roles. After a few more years doing project work for tourism organisations, I left the corporate world to move back into tour operation management and back into Outback Queensland.
I am a long time accredited tour guide with both Savannah Guides and EcoGuide and believe that the professionalism associated with these organisations has stood me in good stead over the years. In 2015 Red Dirt Tours was accredited as a Savannah Guides Enterprise.
I was told by a good friend and mentor around 14 years ago that I should start my own tour operation and have never forgotten this advice. Despite what he could see, I never really felt I had the broad skills nor had earned enough stripes to own an operation of my own. But after many years of broad experience, finding a wonderful location and a couple of years of thinking and planning, in 2015 (instead of going on a holiday to Africa), I took the leap, took the risk, followed my heart, and did it; I bought a tour bus!
So welcome to my first venture into the world of owning a tour operation! I hope that I can use the skills I have gained over the years to be able to give you a memorable holiday experience.
Sit back, relax and let me take the back roads for you!