Boutique Tours Australia
Boutique Tours Australia
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Sightseeing Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Wine Tours & Tastings • Day Trips
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
If you're looking for something personalised, flexible and unique, then welcome to Boutique Tours Australia! Our multi award-winning, small-group tours are designed to get you away from the tourist traps, and immerse you in authentic experiences - showing you the very best of Australia, on Sydney's doorstep. From our luxury wine tours visiting the smaller, boutique wineries of the Hunter Valley, to our exceptional wildlife tours which take you into the bush to search for Australian native animals in the wild. In the Blue Mountains we stay away from the crowds to show you the beauty and solitude of this World Heritage-listed wilderness area. Small groups only, limited seats so please book early to avoid disappointment! Winner of numerous Tourism Awards, including Best Tour Operator in NSW. Please - come join us!
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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BasherWarwickshire
Solihull, UK269 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Great wine tour with Jim to Hunter Valley. Takes about 2.5 hours to get up there but Jim was full of useful information and the journey passed really quickly. Enjoyed tasting 7 wines at each of two small wineries, then had a nice lunch at local country club, a visit to a local cheese shop and a chocolate shop next door then off for a final tasting of 7 wines.
Just about the right level of tastings (about 1/4 glass each) and great guide
Written February 19, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review our Hunter Valley day tour - it sounds like you had a fabulous day out with Jim and got to experience everything the Valley has to offer. We hope you enjoyed the local produce and came away with a few samples to enjoy at home! All the best, the Boutique Tours team.
Written February 24, 2020
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Debi s
Danville, CA5 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
My tour with Zoe was the best I have ever done. We found kangaroos, koalas, wombats and so much more in the wild, in their own habitat. There is nothing like seeing wildlife in its own surroundings and having the excitement of the find..please know this is a real wildlife tour, not a petting zoo. Our superior tour guide couldn’t have been more informative, enthusiastic and organized to make our entire tour a once in a lifetime experience. Thankyou Zoe
Written April 28, 2019
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Thank you Debi for such a great review of your time with us on our Wildlife in the Wild tour! We will be sure to share this amazing feedback with Zoe, she will be thrilled. You are right, our tour is about showing guests as many Australian native animals in their natural habitat as possible, it really is a once in a lifetime experience and so much more than going to the average zoo! We're so pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you have lasting memories of your time in Australia! All the best for the rest of your time here, the Boutique Tours team.
Written May 3, 2019
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_dcchapman
Jensen Beach, FL24 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
And incredible experience seeing native Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Mercedes four-wheel-drive pics you up at hotel. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive to the sites. We were able to see a koala, in numerable kangaroos and wallabies, two wombats, various opossums, numerous birds, and to top it off some flying foxes. This tour extends from the afternoon until the evening, as the wombats are nocturnal and best viewed after dark. Included in the tour was a delicious lunch and a very good dinner at one of Australia’s oldest pubs. The thing that made this tour extraordinary was the quality of our tour guide Zoe. Her extensive knowledge, friendliness and enthusiasm about these animals made this one of the best tours we have ever been on.
Written April 15, 2019
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Thank you very much for taking the time to review our Wildlife in the Wild tour, we are thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful tour and got to see so many of our native animals in their natural habitat. Zoe is a real gem and we're so glad that you were able to learn so much, and enjoyed the meal stops along the way too! We're just thrilled to hear that this is one of the best tours you've ever been on, thank you for this feedback - as a small family-run business we rely on referrals such as this, so thank you kindly! All the best, the Boutique Tours team.
Written April 19, 2019
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Chris B
Brisbane, Australia44 contributions
Dec 2013 • Couples
First of all let me say the office staff at Boutique Tours are wonderful, polite and helpful. THey were a pleasure to deal with.

We booked their 'Wildlife tour' for 27 December 2013, paying $500 for two people. My husband and I were the only Australians in the group so had a better idea than the foreign tourists what to expect, and found the guide's (Ray) information excellent and soundly scientifically based. (This is not always the case as we found recently in Iceland, so we really did appreciate that.)

As far as seeing the 'big 5' we saw all but the emus, and being Aussies, we knew the random nature of wildlife spotting and were not disappointed - the wombats at the end of the day more than made up for not seeing the emus. You can't schedule wildlife unless you're at a zoo.

However, the disappointments were:

The site claimed on this tour we would visit
"No zoos or nature parks - just thousands of acres of pristine bushland in the Southern Highlands, 90 minutes from Sydney". This is completely untrue. We drove along highways and through farmland, and the wildlife spotting took place entirely on a farm owned by the guide's father-in-law. So not only had it been extensively cleared, there were deer, sheep and cattle everywhere. No pristine bush at all.

The 'afternoon tea' included no tea (or coffee) - just bottled water, kiddie juice boxes and lamingtons. Considering the length of the trip and cost, this was not really suitable.

The 'hearty country-style dinner' was a single (quite nice) course, with no dessert, or even coffee allowed for in time or in the cost. Considering the length of the trip and cost, I thought this was much less than expected.

The pub was busy (because of the holiday season) so we waited nearly an hour for the meal. Our guide, having eaten then disappeared and didn't let anyone but the people at his table know where he was going or what we were supposed to do, but then looked angry when we finally worked out we were supposed to go look for him and found him by the bus. He seemed extremely put out by the delay over which we had no control and which we didn't cause, and his demeanour for the rest of the evening was somewhat hostile, at least to me. The spotlighting drive was, apart from the wombats, a complete waste of time in a very uncomfortable ride, as those of us at the back could see nothing, and he only stopped a couple of times to let us see what the others were enjoying. All I got from this couple of hours was a bad back.

A female guest's request for a toilet break seem to make his mood worse, though it should have been something that was planned for (a 3.5 hour drive after dinner? You bet the toilets will be needed!) A request by me to turn down the terrible radio 'music' he inflicted on us on the drive home was met with no response except for him to change stations (at the same volume) and he conspicuously ignored me at the end while fawning over my husband - I have no idea what his issue was.

We didn't arrive back at the hotel until 11.30, and this late return meant cancelling our plans for next day.

So all in all, what I thought would be a fairly comfortable way to see wildlife in the real bush, was anything but, and sadly, the overall memory of this tour was not of the wildlife but of the guide's bad mood and the skimped amenities. Even though the guide would probably not be there next time, and the pub was exceptionally busy because of the time of year (so why didn't Boutique book ahead?), I would still hesitate to recommend this tour because the experience was far less than I was expecting. If you just want to see Aussie animals outside a zoo, this is fine, and if you want to see the Aussie bush and farmland, as well as the Southern Highlands, then you'll enjoy it too. But it's far from the experience Boutique's site led me to believe I would be having.
Written January 2, 2014
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Thanks for taking the time to review us, though I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't have a better overall impression of the tour. I am glad to hear that you did see a good range of wildlife, and this is particularly reassuring to hear as you are Australian - always the toughest crowd to please, as you'll already have seen a lot I imagine. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a better experience with your guide, and I'll definitely discuss this with him. I would definitely like to clarify some of the criticisms that you made though. I'm afraid that I don't understand the criticism that you make of the land you were on, or the description of it. It is indeed several thousand acres of mixed farmland and bushland, as described. Obviously this means that there are many cleared areas - ideal habitat for emus, kangaroos and wombats. There are some cattle (not many at all actually), no sheep whatsoever, and yes there are sometimes wild deer and on rare occasions we see a few wild goats. Unfortunately I can't then understand the claim that there are "deer, sheep and cattle everywhere". Yes, there are highways that get us between Sydney and the Southern Highlands(?) I have no hesitation in describing the bushland as pristine and in tact, as it indeed is - hence the abundance of wildlife - and there certainly is a huge proportion of uncleared bushland. For the sake of others reading this review, please understand that I do consider this as very misleading, and it does seem to diminish what you're trying to say. I'd also like to explain that it is not a 3.5 hour drive back to Sydney after dinner, but believe you were perhaps referring to the spotlighting that you did at this time also. Obviously the timing on this tour was put out greatly by the busy time of year at the local pub we use, and this is something that we will discuss and try to correct. I regret that you didn't have a better impression, but thanks anyway for your review. Yours, Annalise - Owner, Boutique Tours Australia
Written January 5, 2014
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isometimestravel
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
We booked a wine tour with Boutique -- the company forgot to put our name on the customer list and never picked us up at the train station on the morning of the tour. We just sat and waited, waited, waited... How did they apologize? They offered us $15 off the $120 tour if we went on the tour the following day. How insulting, arrogant and unrofessional. With only a few days in Sydney, this hiccup really could have messed up our plans.

Luckily, we booked a tour of Hunter Valley with a different tour company and it was excellent. My tip to vacationers in Sydney is to find one of the many, many other options for tours to Hunter Valley, rather than book with Boutique. With Boutique you are merely a number, and sometimes not even that. Stay away.
Written August 31, 2009
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We take all complaints seriously and endeavour to rectify all Issues. We apologise for any inconvenience to the travel plans of this traveller, but the original mixup was not our fault. We offered a free lunch on another day as goodwill (value $15 per person) but were not willing to offer a free tour as the client insisted he was entitled to. We have put systems into place to confirm clients are in the correct place for all pickups to ensure this doesn't occur again. Manager Boutique Tours Australia
Written November 24, 2009
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CharleneSmith
Birmingham5 contributions
We booked this trip at the tourist information centre in The Rocks after much searching and debating as to which tour company to use to visit the Hunter Valley. The leaflet for Boutique Wine Tours offered a flexible itinery and upon getting on the minibus on the morning of the trip, this was reiterated and guests were invited to suggest wineries they had heard of which they might be interested in visiting.
We were picked up from a choice location within the city centre (Kings Cross Station for us) at 7:15am and after a further two stops, our group of eleven were on the minibus and heading for the valley.
Our tour guide Jason, was an absolute legend and his knowledge and enthusiam for wine and the Hunter Valley was second to none. He was also a very friendly bloke and offered lots of information on recommended sights to see and activities to do in his home city of Sydney.
Ice-breaking conversations facilitated by Jason on route to the Hunter Valley got everyone in the minibus talking and having a good laugh. The three wineries visited (Irongate, Ernest Hill and Lucy's Run) were all small boutiques and the service received was absolutely brilliant. None of the wineries receive payment from Boutique Wine Tours or any other company, for allowing guests to sample upto eight or nine different wines. Yet despite this, there really was no pressure or feelings of obligation to buy from any of the wineries we visited.
Any wine bought throughout the day was labelled up and stored in the back of the minibus so there was no need to worry about remembering to pick up or carry round any purchases for the rest of the day. We opted for a basic lunch option when booking the tour, mainly to keep costs down but the food we received was extremely good quality sandwhiches / wraps, a nice bowl of salad on the table and the choice of a hot or cold drink. It's a much-needed, satisfyingly-filling meal after a morning of wine-consumption, starting at around 10:30am!
Feeling all wine-d out by the end of the afternoon, we made a stop at The Smelly Cheese Shop (yes, it's actually called that!) for some cheese-tasting and a huge, delicious Ferrero Rocher ice-cream! An excellent way to finish such an enjoyble day! We got back to Sydney at around 6:30pm.
I would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in and enjoys a good bottle of wine, no matter whether an ameteur or expert. The groups are a mix of age, gender, culture etc and meeting new people is really nice too. We also managed to spot a couple of wild Kangaroo mobs in the wild during our trip around the valley and we made a stop for a great photo opportunity!
I believe that travelling out of Australia, all wine has to be stored in main luggage and there's a limit to three bottles per person / suitcase. I used the opportunity in the Hunter Valley to stock up on some fantastic wines - some which were bought with special occassions in mind - and pick up a nice bottle as a gift. Most memorable wines? Definitely Irongate's sweet Shiraz dessert wine (served with chocolate cake!) and Ernest Hill's white dessert wines (they're called something like Luna Sparkle and Moon Fizz).
Written June 18, 2009
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chuns
Wimborne Minster, UK212 contributions
I thought I knew about wine, based on the amount of money I spend on it, and was keen to visit some of the wine production whilst on a very time-limited stay in Sydney. My first contact with the company bode well, they were very helpful and relaxed, and this theme was maintained throughout the day that I eventually spent with them.

Their web site does not lie, the day was tailored to suit the mood and tastes of those of us on the comfortable bus, and we visited small individualistic (and slightly eccentric) producers where my eyes were opened to the range of tastes and styles that different producers can get from the same grapes. These were arranged on our way up to the Hunter, so a genuine tailored tour. However the bonus was our guide, Jason. What a star! Knowledgeable and passionate about wine (he takes his vacations touring wine areas around the world) he, with great charm had us strangers becoming friends, as he not only told us all we wanted to know, but also orchestrated interesting discussions about wine (and could have been life, the universe, everything). He also went out of his way to take a more scenic return route in order to share with us his favourite views.

Clearly well-known and respected by those we met, Jason provided the key to what would have been a good day anyway and made it memorable.

And I realised I didn’t know so much.
Written June 1, 2009
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tlbjnyc
Carmel, NY81 contributions
Oct 2019
we were picked up on time and spent the day searching and finding wallabys, kangaroos, Koalas,parrots and more after dinner a night time run produced more animals including many Wambats. A long day but well worth it...
Written October 21, 2019
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Thank you for writing us a review, and we are so glad that we exceeded your expectations with our Wildlife tour! It sounds like you got to see so many of our beautiful animals in the wild, a special experience indeed. All the best for the rest of your time here, the Boutique Tours team.
Written October 23, 2019
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Patsy J, Devon
2 contributions
Aug 2019
This tour is highly recommended - we had a super guide called Robert who was very knowledgeable and looked after us exceptionally well. Visited many lookouts at the Blue Mountains with outstanding views. Lunch was very nice and filling, and even nicer being next to the open fire as it was quite a windy day although blue skies which made perfect viewing. Well worth the money. Thank you
Written August 27, 2019
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Thank you for such a lovely review of our Blue Mountains day tour, we're so glad you had a wonderful day out. We agree, there is nothing nicer than lunch by an open fire! Sounds like you had a great day to see the spectacular views and everything the region has to offer. All the best, the Boutique Tours team.
Written August 28, 2019
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TracyTooth
Vihiers, France31 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Very good. We were added to their tour as the company we booked through couldn’t do it . The guide Jason was excellent. It was very hot and the actual wine tasting was a bit wick we are used to taking our time and savouring a bit more but on the whole loved it. Saw kangaroos!
Written February 25, 2019
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Thanks for your review Tracy, glad to hear you enjoyed your day out with Jason - and got to see some kangaroos too! All the best for the rest of your time here, the Boutique Tours team.
Written February 25, 2019
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