Steve, the tour leader, couldn't do enough to help and showed an amazing depth of knowledge of the areas visited. Although the hostel at Strahan is rather basic it was comfortable enough for 2 nights. Our fellow travellers were a great bunch and the mix of age groups was a bonus. Some concern that the elderly mini bus would actually make the distance and would have felt more comfortable with seat belts, which I thought would have been mandatory by now.
Wonderful guide -- Steve was knowledgeable, helpful, hard working.
The accomodations and meals were a bit sparse. Would have much preferred a genuine hotel.
An enjoyable experience. Want to go back and spend more time in the area
A lot of time is spent travelling on a bus, how ours made it for 3 days is a miracle. It didn't sound very healthy and rattled it's way round Tasmania! It struggled up hills and It wasn't fitted with seat belts.
We loaded out suitcases in the trailer at the back and on our arrival in Strahan we lifted them out to find them covered in oil. A thing of oil had leaked inside the trailer and not only had it now covered our cases but also covered my top and jeans when i lifted my case out! Over a week later this oil won't come out of my clothes and 2 suitcases are having to be retired after this trip. Sorry but this isn't good enough.
Our tour guide was an interesting character. Whilst he provided lots of useful info, it was clear he wasn't really interested in Tasmania apparently the company don't have staff based on the island they send them down from Darwin to operate the tours!
What made our tour was our friendly group, we were just 5 people. We had all booked the hotel style accommodation in Strahan. Don't be fooled by this, we had a double bed and two bunk beds which creaked every time you moved. There was also a possum in the roof of the B and B and at 5am every day it would start moving. The accommodation just felt unloved, it was clear at one stage it was a grand property, but it now felt tired and neglected.
The tour did include some meals. The one evening meal we were served was pasta bake! We had also advised the office that one of us was gluten free and whilst our tour guide got gluten free pasta and cereal in, he said the company had said gluten free diets were expensive to cater for and the boss in Darwin had said to stop catering for them. So lunch was ham and lettuce as nothin else was provided!
This company is obviously set up for budget minded travellers. You see a lot of places in a short period of time but it's not in comfort or style! Based on our experience of this company we certainly wouldn't use them again.
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