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What a brilliant day Lesley and I had in the Blue Mountains. Very nearly didn't happen as there were some last minute customer cancellations and we were the only two remaining for this tour. To the rescue came Kylie, the owner of this family run but very nicely packaged and caring tour company. As we were returning to the UK the following day Kylie kept the tour running for just the two of us in what effectively turned out to be a bespoke guided tour with our driver/guide, Nigel. We can't thank Kylie enough for the huge 'extra mile' she went for us.
We were picked up at Circular Quay just before 8.00am which was handy for us as we were coming in to Sydney over the harbour from Manly non of that going from Hotel to Hotel malarkey. As there were only the two of us we were able to be very flexible with timings at each location. Nigel was extremely accommodating and helped us put together an interesting itinerary going to places often overlooked by the larger operators having to cater for outsized parties. Nigel was a real gem and a delight to have with us for the whole day, full of anecdotes, reams of interesting information and an intelligent wit rounding off his commentary.
So flexible was our tour that I think that Nigel would even have taken us to the Jenolan Caves at the western foothills of the Blue Mountains if we had asked nicely. Nigel, you are a good'un and made a good day memorable for us, thanks mate.
I should positively mention that this tour ends at the Olympic Village, so you have a brief opportunity to visualise what might have gone on in 2000 before you embark on a Sydney Transport ferry back to Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. Not only did this give us more time in the Blue Mountains area but it ended the day with an exceptionally relaxing hour long scoot back into town where we were able to take in sights on the Parramatta River that many would otherwise miss on a trip to Sydney.
Couldn't have had a better day :
Excellent guide - very informative and friendly. Awesome views and the chance to get up close to cuddly koalas and wallabies at the wildlife centre. The mountains really are blue!
Tour guide was really friendly and funny. The views at the blue mountains are amazing and at featherdale you get to stroke koalas and feed kangaroos. A great trip out to see the wilder side of Sydney. I would say it is a bit rushed ie you only get a certain amount of time at each stop.
This tour was awesome. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. We had a ton of fun and definitely would recommend to anyone. This tour was the cheaper option, do not let that deter you.
Thank you so much to activity tours who rearranged our trip for us when I got the start time wrong. They were under no obligation as it was my mistake but we are so pleased we did not miss this fantastic day. It's a full on day 8am - 6pm but you get to see all the highlights of the blue mountains, the chance to go on the steep railway and the cable car. We got to feed kangaroos and have photos taken with the koalas. A special mention for Steve the tour guide who was both funny and knowledgeable.
small group meant a van of up to 20 people, excluding driver. you're lucky if your group appreciates peace and quiet and the scenic views. my group had a bunch of yappers non-stop and I think even the driver was annoyed as they wouldn't listen when he had announcements to make. otherwise, the stops we went to were beautiful, the trip away from the city is always relaxing. from echo point to see sisters' rock we had 20mins here, to the highlight at scenic world where you get to sit cable cars, take a little hike and/or do a rainforest walk 1.5hrs here. then it was off to lunch at little katoomba town before more scenic stops. we had a little special stop at flat rock, n.k.a. lincoln's rock which was awesome. not many tours stop here because of the dangers no safety rails and it's a cliff edge. thanks to our guide and driver Mark for the little geology talk about the place. mother nature is indeed wondrous. we were almost late for out river ride back to circular quay due to traffic, but our driver managed just in time, even included a little mini-tour of the sights as we weaved our way around to get to the pier to catch our boat. all good!
This was a most worthwhile trip. Steve the driver and guide was very passionate about making sure his small group of tourists had the most awesome day. Nothing was too much trouble. He even gave us lessons on how to throw a boomerang. Just a little added extra that everyone loved.
Steve was very knowledgeable and did a great job of leading us through a fun activity filled day. One suggestion is to either include the fees for Scenic World or remind customers they need $35 in cash to cover this. Wonderful variety of sites and ferry ride under the bridge was a nice ending.
Great tour from start to finish good organising and great tour guide
With only 6 of us it felt like a private tour, and Nigel our superb guide took us on some unscheduled walks and drives. Excellent day out.
Best tour of our 25 day trip. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, showed us places only someone who really knew the area would know about. He knew everyone on the staff at all the locations and they all greeted him by name and got us straight through to the head of the long, long lines. If you take this tour, ask for Nigil or his twin brother Bruce; they are both great.
Great tour that took us out of the way of some of the other tours that we saw going around. Very insightful as to what's going on in the area and very interesting. Got to see a lot of beautiful sights and had a lot of fun.
it's a well organized, relaxing and refreshing tour =)
The tour is good. However Blue Mountain is very crowned with tourist. The view is just OK compare to the National Parks in USA.
I was informed that the Blue Mountains are a must see during your trip to Sydney. The time was wonderful! The guide has a lot of knowledge and showed us around with lots of humor. Featherdale wildlife park is so full with animals and a great opportunity to see the animals from close by.
Great guide and really tried to show us the best of the region even though it was wet and miserable.highly recommend the trip as it combines a good variety of areas and transport.
A great day....the wildlife park was great for seeing Koalas and ability to feed the Wallabies! You have to pay extra for the cable car rides and death train but worth it! Really informative great little place to stop at for lunch and amazing views of the three sisters and the Blue Mountains
Great Tour! All 4 of us had a great time! Steve did a wonderful job of giving us enough time in each location giving us insight and information at each spot. If we could have we would have done the Sydney at night tour with him we would have but we ran out of time.
A fantastic tour with an enjoyable, knowledgeable, amusing and helpful driver. On our trip we only had 8 people and (that's what I call a small group) and due to this we could customise parts of the day according to various suggestions from the driver (length of stay at places and options to visit various locations). I would definitely recommend this trip to others for both its content and value for money (less that half what we would have paid if we'd done a similar trip from our cruise ship which would have been on a large coach as well).
A fab day out - Steve the tour guide was great. My 83-year-old Mum can't manage stairs/steps very well but Steve looked after her all day. The tour was very interesting and the scenery stunning. Highly recommend this tour!
The guide was very funny and knowledgeable. It was a great trip, I had such a good time, very glad I went on this tour. Highly recommended.