“Words on Wheels” was established 20 years ago with the aim of creating a business that combined travel adventures with an educational experience for the international student sector. My main focus has always been to share what our amazing state has to offer in a safe environment, whilst imparting a broad cross section of knowledge, in a fun & informative local manner. It is a personal passion of mine to host groups, which in turn provides individuals with not only an insight of their new surrounds, community and wildlife, but provide memorable occasions of camaraderie.
Having lived independently and travelled overseas for many years to destinations such as the UK, Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, China the Middle East, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea, I started my tour guiding career in 1997. In those early days I started by delivering tours along the Great Ocean Road and 10-day bush camping tours from Adelaide to Alice Springs.
Since then, I have enjoyed working in some of Australia’s most remote and extreme Outback such as Cape York, Lake Eyre and the beautiful Gibson Desert.
With my business “Words on Wheels” It has been a pleasure to showcase to international visitors the very best of what South Australia has to really offer.
Look forward to travelling the open road with you soon …
Hi, I am Dr Felicity Coutts, I am a Palaeontologist and study Ediacaran fossils from the Flinders Ranges of outback South Australia – some of the oldest forms of animal life on Earth. I completed my studies with the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum. I am currently a part of the research team studying these ancient fossils, and my research has been particularly focussed on the palaeoecology of these strange but unique creatures. Over the past 2 years I have delivered educational programs for Words on Wheels students both at the Nilpena fossil site in the Flinders Ranges and at the South Australian Museum.
After completing my studies in Marketing & working in the health & fitness sector l decided on a career change into the tourism industry over 20 years ago. Whilst working for Words On Wheels for over 10 years I have been involved in taking many varied tour groups from international students to local interstate & overseas visitors taking in some of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of our State as well as tours interstate to Melbourne via Great Ocean Road & Canberra. I have a current HR bus licence & speak fluent Czech & basic German. Born in Prague my early childhood was spent in Sweden and have travelled extensively overseas throughout my lifetime. My hobbies include Hiking Swimming Reading & Art.
After teaching in secondary schools for 33 years, I moved into the tourist industry in 2014. I conducted wines tours, hosted dinners for international tourists and worked with Jayne at Words on Wheels taking international students on study tours to Canberra, to Kangaroo Island & to the Ediacaran fossil site at Nilpena Station in the Flinders Ranges. One of my roles is developing Study Tour workbooks that provide educational outcomes for students. In my spare time, I like to socialize with friends, swim for fitness, cook, go to the movies & read.
My name is Doug and I have been working with Jayne and Words on Wheels since the year 2000! With Words on Wheels I’ve taken students to Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges and throughout the wineries and other sites of South Australia. I have also worked for several other tour companies which have taken me across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth some 47 times (that’s a lot of driving!) and across to Victoria, the rainforests of NSW and the deserts and wilderness of the Northern Territory. I have a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and now work at the University of South Australia as part of the Academic English Program for international students. I have lived in several countries including Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom and have travelled to more than 40 countries. I love to experience new cultures, sights and food and of course love the outdoors. I hope we get a chance to meet and I look forward to hearing about your travels and adventures and sharing some stories. My motto; I’ll try anything twice.
German by birth live spent many years working & travelling throughout Europe as a Head Chef before settling in Australia in 2000. Accounting studies saw me working in the field for several years during which time l was also a German translator for local and interstate tour groups. After leaving accounting l obtained my HR bus licence in 2015 & have been working in Tourism & Transport taking local & international tour groups throughout South Australia. Travelling is a great passion & l have been fortunate to have explored many varied & exciting overseas destinations. I am also fluent in German.
After returning to Australia after over a decade in The People’s Republic of China, I began my 15-year tourism career in remote area long distance 4WD Adventure Tourism. With vast experience in remote South Australia, Kangaroo island, Northern Territory, The Kimberley and Tasmania he has now focused his attention to The Flinders Ranges in South Australia. With a keen interest in the geology and wildlife of the region he is now based in the far north at The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and for a 7-year period have been Words On Wheels specialist guide for this spectacular region. Photography, Singer-guitarist and songwriter and Vintage Motocross Racing are among his other passions.
Commonly found cooking the BBQ or loading the trailers, he’s the local beach fella who both powers the logistics and shares the stories between large bursts of laughter.
Well-travelled, (both here and abroad) his extensive knowledge is reflected only by the depth of his numerous self-travelled and international corporate experience’s.
Tertiary trained in Design, Marketing and Business management and with a passion for the outdoor pursuits of fishing, scuba diving, snow skiing and surfing. The combination has driven Santa’s passion for languages and both the enjoyment and protection of the environment.
Over the last 13 years as a volunteer guide for Words on Wheels I often quoted, “how good people were to me when I was young and travelling around the globe”, & this in turn inspired me to do the same for international students studying here.