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Dec192013

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Margaret River, Caves, Wine and Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour from Perth

Perth, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This is a great day out enabling you to get a taste of the Margaret River area whilst staying in Perth. You do however need to recognise that the lighthouse is a long way from Perth and you need to spend quite a lot of time on the coach. This isn't a problem! We were on the company's new coach which had very comfortable seats and where we were sitting airline premium economy size leg room. Our driver gave us informed commentary throughout the day and ran the whole day to very tight timescales so we made it back to the city by 9:30pm.
The day is full of variety, if a little frenetic at times. The stop at Bussleton Jetty after 2 hours is a coffee and toilet stop as there is not a lot there and there isn't much time in the schedule to do much more. Lunch at the Bootleg Brewery was very good. The stop at the winery (Sandalford) came almost immediately after lunch and was one of the highlights of the trip. The caves are sensational and the breeze at the lighthouse will blow you away. A quick stop in the town of Margaret River completes the sightseeing before an arranged evening meal (at own expense) which was good value - take advantage of it as you will be late back to the city and it may be difficult to find something at this time.
A great day out due to our driver, the sights visited and the company of the people on the trip.

Dec152013

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Murray River Riverboat Tour including Lunch from Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A very relaxed day with an enjoyable river cruise and an excellent lunch. The morning coffee stop at strathalbyn was perhaps a bit short to see much of the town, whilst the after lunch time in Mannum was too long, given that there is little to see and it was very hot. The toy factory is great, but we just didn't have enough luggage space or weight allowance to bring all the things we liked back to UK!
Our driver was very good providing lots of information about the areas we passed through.

Dec122013

Tour/Activity

Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and Wildflowers Day Tour from Perth

Perth, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is quite a long day with an early start. The Pinnacles are spectacular and well worth the drive. Our driver john was very knowledgeable and personable and passionate about the geological formations. New Norcia was brilliant but we really needed to spend more time there to properly see the museum. The local guide provided valuable insight to the town's background and ongoing changes today.
Lunch was fine but the wild flower part of the trip lacked real content, as the flowers have passed blooming and so the farm served as a lunch stop and a visit to the gift shop. Given that it took additional time to get there, this wasn't best use of time. The stop at Cervantes to see the ocean brought some welcome relief from the coach.
There are times on the trip when the journey can get to you as you pass miles of scrubland and wheat fields, which are very much the same - but it is worth it to see New Norcia and the desert.

Dec072013

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Small-Group McLaren Vale Food and Wine Tour from Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

A perfect day! We booked this for our wedding anniversary and were delighted with the experience. Tour Guide Jane did a great job throughout.
The whole concept of 4 courses served in 4 different wineries is novel and it allowed us to compare and contrast not only the wines but the wineries.
The small group allowed us to chat with other travellers who were Australians, a bonus for us as UK based visitors. We would thoroughly recommend this.

Nov222013

Tour/Activity

Gold Coast, Canal Cruise and Springbrook National Park Day Trip

Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

We decided like many people that we needed to see Surfer's Paradise. In retrospect this may have been a mistake. There is nothing wrong with this trip or the company running it! The place itself is very much a seaside resort and when we visited,"the schoolies" were in town so sections of the sea front and some roads were gated off by large metal barriers and there was no desire to stay for long. The cruise along the Broadwater Canal is interesting, particularly if you are into smart houses and house valuations. The stop at Natural Bridge is picturesque and must be very spectacular when there is more water in the streams. On the walk, you need to stay up with the driver whose commentary tended to start before the slower moving participants actually reached him. A perfectly adequate trip but not our favourite.

Nov202013

Tour/Activity

Byron Bay Day Trip Including Bangalow from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Brisbane, Australia

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A really good trip. It looked at one stage as though there were insufficient numbers but in the end 4 people made the trip. Our driver Shane gave us a full informative commentary throughout the day. We made several stops to stretch our legs and admire the views. The lighthouse stop was particularly good. Take the chance to walk down from the top to the most easterly point in Australia - it is well worth the effort. We spent our free time in the town walking up the beach towards the lighthouse - really exhilarating to paddle along the water's edge and watch the surfers. A good value day.

Nov182013

Tour/Activity

Australia Zoo by Croc Express Coach

Brisbane or Gold Coast, Australia

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The tourist guides say that a trip to Australia Zoo is a must. We agree! The tour picked up from our hotel and is a relatively short journey to get there. The zoo is well laid out and we would recommend that you work out at the start how you will use your time here, in order to see the animals in the paddocks and various shows throughout the day. We chose to start at the far end with Africa where there were less visitors early on. We then worked back to make sure we saw the spectacular Wild Warrior show which includes birds and the crocs. Our driver provided well informed commentary on the outward and return journeys. A good value day.

Nov142013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Walking Tour: Old vs New Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Having visited Hong Kong before, we decided to do something different and booked 3 walking tours. Our tour guide on each day was Danny. He was knowledgable and very personable. We were the only people on this tour and given we had done another walk the previous day with Danny, he made sure that we didn't overlap routes whenever possible. He set a good pace, which was fine with us and we saw lots. On this tour, we had the chance to stop and spend time talking about various sights and take photos. Danny was interesting to talk to and we covered a whole range of subjects from history to culture. Definitely recommend this.

Nov132013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Having visited Hong Kong before, we decided to do something different and booked 3 walking tours. Our tour guide on each day was Danny. He was knowledgable and very personable. We were the only people on the tour, so it was even more personal. Danny set a good pace, which was fine with us. Danny was interesting to talk to and we covered a whole range of subjects from history to culture. He was happy to branch off the main track and focus on our interests. Definitely recommend this.

Nov122013

Tour/Activity

Hong Kong Markets Small-Group Walking Tour

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Having visited Hong Kong before, we decided to do something different and booked 3 walking tours. Our tour guide on each day was Danny. He was knowledgable and very personable. On tour 1 only 5 people were booked but the other 3 were late and joined us part way round. Danny set a good pace, which was fine with us and we saw lots, but made sure that the others were always within sight. On this tour, we had the chance to stop and to see the various markets and take photos. Danny was interesting to talk to and we covered a whole range of subjects from history to culture. Definitely recommend this.

Jun252012

Tour/Activity

Vienna Mozart Concert at the Musikverein

Vienna, Austria

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

An excellent concert - we were lucky enough to be upgraded when collecting our tickets. Pity published dress code was not enforced and people were taking flash photos throughout!

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