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Civilized Outback Adventures

About Us

Based in Darwin and operating since 1989, Brookes Australia Tours specialises in ‘soft’ adventure, luxury 4WD private charter touring, anywhere throughout the Top End of Outback Northern Territory.

Catering to the discerning tourist, our itineraries are “tailor made” to meet the special interests and budgets of our clientele. We believe that when you come to a place as special as the Top End, it’s important to experience the wonder of the Outback without a restrictive itinerary and tour guides rushing you around from place to place. When you come to an environment that is over 50,000 years old, it should be enjoyed at an unhurried pace, in the privacy and comfort of our specially fitted vehicles. Our private tours allow you to take in the best the Top End has to offer, an experience you will never forget.


Our tours can depart on any day year-round; however, for your comfort, we suggest touring during the cooler dry season temperatures found in June, July and August.

Tours often include airboat safaris, fishing safaris, scenic flights and helicopter sightseeing, to achieve the ultimate Top End experiences. In addition to our tour packages, ask us about our add on touring options. There are plenty to choose from, as there’s so much to see and do in the Top End.

The natural beauty of wonder of the Northern Territory includes spectacular waterfalls, sandstone escarpments, gorges and billabongs. You can swim in crystal clear natural plunge pools, enjoy billabong and gorge cruises, view vast wetlands abundant with a magnificent array of colourful bird species and, of course, you will get up close and personal with the mighty saltwater crocodile. The Top End is a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers. You will return from your tour with a collection of photographs your friends and family will envy, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Is fishing your passion? Then this is the place for you. The Top End is home to Australia’s most famous fighting fish, the Barramundi. Or, if you simply prefer relaxation, you can take the opportunity to sit back and take in the raw, natural beauty of the outback and feel a million miles away from the stresses of modern living. With Brookes Australia’s Tours to the outback, you are truly ‘getting away from it all’.


Lesley Newcombe


Lesley Newcombe is the owner operator of Brookes Australia Tours.

Lesley is originally from the UK but has lived and worked in Australia for 30 years.

She has spent many years in the Kimberley and the NT and has developed a love of the magnificent landscapes. Lesley is passionate about providing a rich cultural experience to visitors to the region and loves to entertain with her personal stories of some of the amazing experiences she has had.

Jon Lowe


Jon Lowe grew up with a love of Outback Australia, the Top End especially, and has extensively explored the NT and Australia.

Jon is able to share his love of touring the ‘Outback’ of Australia with many local and overseas visitors and enjoys showing people this unique landscape.

Join Brookes Australia Tours and meet our guides and experience the real Top End.

Touring Experiences

Brookes Australia Tours prides itself on offering much more than just sightseeing on a bus. Our tours are informative, experiential expeditions, strongly featuring Aboriginal rock art and culture as well as introducing you to the spectacular flora, fauna and breathtaking remote landscapes, well away from crowds and other tour companies.


Why rush? Our itineraries are full of adventure, yet they are also uncluttered and at a relaxed pace, allowing you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Top End.


Our fully equipped, air-conditioned luxury Toyota GXL 4WD Land Cruisers are licensed to carry seven passengers plus the driver. Comfortably air-conditioned, all seats are forward-facing, the vehicle has bull bars and special suspension upgrades suited for Top End road conditions, as well as first aid kits, reference books, binoculars, luggage racks, and is satellite telephone equipped.


All our guides are well presented, experienced and professional. They know the environment and the country intimately and are all first aid certified.

Accommodation and Sub Tours

While on tour, you will be staying at the best available lodges, hotels, resorts or safari camp accommodation. We use only the highest standard of sub tours, flights and cruises.


Tours include all breakfasts, morning teas/snacks and lunches. However, most evening meals and alcohol are not included and are at clients’ own expense. At Davidson’s Arnhem Land Safari Camp and Bamurru Plains Safari Lodge, all meals are included. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, if we are notified in advance.


Brookes Australia Tours is a small, friendly, privately owned company that offers a quality, personalised service with a focus on attention to detail and tailoring to specific client requests.

Licenses, Accreditations, Insurance, etc.

Brookes Australia Tours maintains and holds all valid licenses, permits, accreditations, memberships and insurances, as is legally required to operate tours in the Northern Territory.