Comparing other tours to the Blue Mountains I chose OzTrek based on what they offered in my price range and I am very happy with what I received for $59 (plus a 3% charge for using my credit card). If you want the option to choose or decline additional services, such as lunch menu items of your choice or tram rides, I would strongly recommend this tour company which is a family-owned business and has apparently been in operation since 1984.
Eleven people were on our minibus (maximum of 14 passengers) and I was picked up in front of the Woolworth's store at the corner of Park and George Streets (immediately outside Town Hall Subway station) and at the scheduled time of 7:45AM. Other pickup locations/times are available, see their website for specifics. The minibus had large windows, seat belts and was very comfortable during the day long trip. Potty and coffee breaks were convenient and I believe all of the guests were pleased with Glen (our driver) and his description of where we were going and the schedule that was based on our needs. We stopped/visited the Kings Tableland, Eagle Point, Flat Rock Lookout, Eagle Hawk Lookout, Three Sisters, two waterfalls, Kings Tableland along the Cliff Drive and more which I believe all tours visit anyway.
Four of the guests elected to purchase the optional Scenic Railway, Cableway and Skyway ticket ($35) while the rest of us were dropped off and directed where to take walking trails in the rain forest (this was the highlight for me and the four young ladies from South Korea and Singapore as well). Again, we had a choice and Glen was responsive to each of our needs, whether hiking the trails or taking the optional scenic world rides. We stopped for a fifty minute lunch in Leura, at our expense, well before the crowds showed up for lunch.
We did not stop to pet koalas or kangaroos which some tours do; however, we did see kangaroos on the drive out. A nice surprise was having complimentary coffee, tea and cookies in a Japanese Tea House at a small lake and then visiting the 2000 Olympic site for photos and payment of our fares.
Everyone took a nap on the way back to Sydney except for Glen and myself which afforded me an opportunity to ask a variety of cultural, historical and miscellaneous questions to which Glen was exceptionally responsive to my enquiries. We were dropped off close to where we were picked up in the morning and two of the guests were taken close to an evening activity they had previously booked. I was back at my hotel around 6:00PM.
Also, although they have no control over the weather, Glen did provide excellent weather on our trip even though it was wintertime in the Blue Mountains! I would recommend this tour to any budget minded tourist. I'm scared of heights and did not desire to visit an aboriginal village or spend quality time with a marsupial. Walking the trails in the rain forest at my pace; observing the waterfalls, plant and animal life; and meeting other people from around the world was exactly what I wanted in my visit to the Blue Mountains. What a wonderful way to spend the day on the day the new prince was born in England.
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