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“Blue Mountains and more”

Activity Tours Australia
Ranked #58 of 372 Tours in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Activity Tours is an all-Australian, family-owned company running affordable, small group day tours from Sydney to the spectacular Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley wine regions. You will see, do and learn a lot on your day trip thanks to our small groups and knowledgeable and friendly guides. Our award-winning tours are educational and action-packed, and not to be missed when visiting Australia! Our Blue Mountains tour takes you to the Three Sisters and many other unique spots “off the beaten track”. See Koalas, Kangaroos and other Australian wildlife. The day ends with a boat cruise back into Sydney Harbour where you will see the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water – the perfect way to end your jam-packed day! Our Hunter Valley wine-tasting tours take you to boutique wineries where you can taste the local produce and meet the people who make this region famous. Our tours are small in size and big on value. We look forward to seeing you on an Activity Tour!
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I probably had overly high expectations of what this day would deliver considering the distance to be travelled and the amount to be fitted in so, while a couple of things disappointed, mostly my daughter and I were satisfied and definitely happy we had done it.

Full marks to Mark (yes, pun intended) as he was friendly, efficient and had a wealth of knowledge about the area - Aboriginal and European history, geology, natural history etc. Trying to keep people to a pretty tight timetable and make sure everyone had the right tickets for the options they chose is not easy but Mark seemed to do it without fuss or pressure. Having said that, there was a lot of information to absorb and I did get a bit confused once or twice - but I suspect this was partly because one group on the bus was talking a lot among themselves while Mark was trying to give us information! Annoying.

The stop at Featherdale wildlife sanctuary seems obligatory for all these tours - understandable as so many of the clients are from overseas. For us Aussies who have seen many such places it had less appeal (we just wanted to get to the mountains!) but it was pleasant enough and the koala-cuddlers were very happy! But I wonder if Activity Tours might consider running at least one tour a week which omits this visit and allows more time in the mountains?

For my taste the first stop at Echo Point lookout was so overrun with tourists (us included of course) that the majesty and wildness of the scene was completely lost. By the time I'd discovered the little track that would take us away from the biggest crowds and get us up close and personal with the 3 sisters there was no time left to do it. Thank goodness Mark did take us to two other beautiful lookouts which had a wilder feel, fantastic views and no other visitors. The last one was superb (and I'm not naming it here so that it has a chance of staying that way!)

I believe these tours used to allow people to buy lunch at Leura but this time we visited the newly opened food court at Scenic World (prior to the cable car & railway rides) Not a good idea for us as the choice was between a sit-down meal at a sterile looking restaurant, or a cafe which only sold cakes! All we wanted was a sandwich to take with us on our walk, not to waste precious time eating among the crowds in very commercialised surroundings. I think if this option becomes a permanent arrangement it should be suggested that people wanting to eat "on the go" should bring their own sandwiches or snacks. We would have been happy to do this. We still got a brief stop in Leura and checked out the amazing lolly shop - a little treasure!

The tour around the Olympic site at Homebush was very interesting, as were Mark's comments and knowledge of the different buildings and how they are being used now. And the leisurely cruise down the river (for those in a hurry there was a fast cat option) was a great end to the day.

Summing up - obviously the best way to see the Blue Mountains is to spend a few days there and explore under your own steam. But if you just have one day to get a taste of the mountains this is a pretty good tour and less expensive than many others that seem to offer the same content.

Thanks Mark, you did a good job and your obvious love of the area added to our own appreciation - would love to go on one of those outback tours you talked about!

2  Thank bronwen23
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We went to Blue Mountains with Activity Tours and our guide Nigel. We had amazingly good service for our whole family which includes a 7 months old baby. Nigel provided a stroller and had even made a special plan for us, so we would get to see a much as possible. Nigel's knowledge about the area and willingness to share all the good stories exceeded all our expectations! Great sense of humor made us feel right 'at home'!

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Hi,
First of all I would like to thank Nigel to make our day! We had such great time from the very beginning to the end of the day.our tour guide Nigel is just great,he knows the area very well,very helpfull and thoughtful .

I would like to thank you both Nigel and activity tour team for everything .

Wish all the best,
Banu

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We did both Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains with Steve and it was great! We had perfect weather on both days and became fast friends with the chatty groups we were travelling with. Steve was punctual on picking us up at our hotel and the small tour bus was comfy and spacious. The tours went very smoothly and we experienced all that was promised. Steve was friendly, entertaining and took good care of us. We would highly recommend Activity Tours. :)

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We haven't done these reviews before but this company made us angry.
We signed up for their Blue mountains tour and we made a morning stop at the wildlife park which was ok and thereafter it turned bad.
It was unlucky that it snowed in the mountains and the driver said the roads were then closed so we could not continue to the mountain.
The problem was that they did not want to refund money for the tour part we did not do, which was all the mountains.
The whole bus of people was angry and we all argued and carried on with the driver who was we believe talking also to his office. It became very unpleasant.
In the end it was resolved but not with a terrible commotion and it was a horrible day.
One star for the wildlife park ,but zero for everything else, including the rude driver.

4  Thank prakko
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ActivityManager, Owner at Activity Tours Australia, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

We operate tours in all sorts of weather conditions because we understand that most people are only in Sydney for a few days and it may be their only opportunity to explore the Blue Mountains area. Our experienced tour guides seek to adapt on the day of the tour to the varied conditions that are experienced in the Mountains throughout the year.

Unfortunately the snow that closed the roads two weeks ago was an extreme Spring event that has not occurred in the 14 years that we have been operating, and we were unable to drive high up into the Blue Mountains to the Katoomba area near the three sisters. The tour guide sought out alternate bushwalk locations and lookouts lower down in the Mountains while seeing if the roads would reopen later in the day, but the weather became worse and the roads remained closed.

After consultation with the authorities, other tour companies and the guide, management made the decision to cancel the remainder of the tour, and offered a refund similar to other companies, or the choice of taking the tour on another day. We believed this to be the most acceptable way to respond for those who were on the tour.

We are very sorry if the resolution of this unusual situation by our company caused any discord on the day. We are reviewing our procedures to ensure that everyone is kept informed and considered decisions are made as early as possible if similar circumstances ever arise again.

best regards
Brad

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