4.6 based on 7 reviews
Our group of 4 was picked up promptly at 7:15 by Vonn for a private tour. We were the first to arrive at Featherdale. Did our picture with the Koala , hand fed the numerous kangaroos and saw the native birds and animals. We then headed to the Blue Mountains for hiking. Amazing scenery and waterfalls ! Vonn provided lots of good commentary. We then drove to see the Three Sisters and Orphan rock . After that short walk , we picked up a good lunch and headed out for another hike to view the mountains from a different vantage point. We had a picnic with a fabulous view. The last stop was at the Botanical Gardens. 90 minute drive back to Sydney. So glad we saw this special part of Sydney.
Dingo Tours' advertising shows a Mercedes passenger van for the private tours and charters. Our group chartered a tour with Jelle, but was driven in a noisy Toyota passenger van with broken mic/audio. No one could hear his commentary other than the front seat passenger. The scenery and itinerary were nice, but the quality of hours of travel with commentary was severely diminished. Also, the tour itself was shortened from 10 hours to 9-1/2 hours.
We are experienced travelers and were very wary about taking a tour - we wanted to walk the trails and really "see" things as opposed to the touristy sites. Jelle was the perfect guide for our expectations. We were a little concerned because we had a rainy day yet we were headed to a day in the outdoors. He had checked the weather and adjusted our morning accordingly. We started with a side trip, down a dirt road (not something a tour bus can do) to a camping area where we were greeted by a "herd" of grazing kangaroos who politely posed for our cameras. We spent the rest of the day chasing the clouds and, when the rain lifted, we walked out to the spectacular vista at Pulpit Point (down another dirt road unvisited by tour buses). At that point, we did not care that the famous 3 Sisters were a foggy bust. Lunch was in a small local restaurant with delicious homemade fare and hot "long black" coffee. If you want the tourist gig - I am sure Jelle can provide it but he will definitely make sure you'll see the stuff that you actually want to see but didn't know was out there because it doesn't make the must-see TripAdvisor cut.
Jelle Marechal hat die Tour so super sympathisch und auch hoch interessant mit vielen für uns neuen Informationen durchgeführt, das wir beim nächsten Besuch in Australien bestimmt wieder seine Dienste in Anspruch nehmen werden. Das ist der wirkliche Unterschied zum Massentourismus. Einfach klasse.
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