This trip was really good, except that it is far too long, both in kilometres and hours, for 1 driver to conduct safely. We had a further safety issue when the airconditioning died at Hippo's Yawn, and the resulting fogging of the inside of the coach, including the windscreen, cause many of us to be anxious about our safety. The humid conditions in the non-ventilated coach caused the driver some distress, and at one stage he appeared to be close to dozing off. As we were sitting in the front seat, we then kept talking to him - in itself a safety concern - to ensure he didn't go to sleep. Wave Rock itself was spectacular, well explained, and some of the smaller towns we passed through, particularly York, were amazing. The lunch provided was excellent, as was the lunch stop. We were a little disappointed in the wildflowers, but perhaps it was too early in the season. The driver's commentary was really interesting, most informative and entertaining. The afternoon tea stop was unique and delicious. All in all a great day, but safety issues should be addressed with some urgency. We were most relieved to get back to our drop off point, but also very tired.
Our day got off to a bad start when the pick-up was 45 minutes late, then confusion reigned because there were too many passengers. The tour was over an hour late leaving the Swan River depot, so the whole day was very rushed. Our 2 hour tour of New Norcia was only 45 minutes long - way too short to cover this fascinating place. The lack of toilet facilities was challenging for the mainly "oldies" on our tour. By the time we got to the Pinnacles, the interpretative centre was closed, so we missed out on good information about these weird structures. Lunch was excellent, but the wildflower farm was most disappointing, and as a venue for lunch left much to be desired as it was messy, dirty and untidy. On top of that, we had to pay for tea or coffee. This tour was a very long day, and for the cost was really not up to the standard we expected.
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