Contrary to the previous reviewer we thought the Ballina-Byron Tour was very average.
For example we still can't figure why we were to spend two whole hours in Lismore a town that has very little to offer. Thankfully we were able to spend longer in Nimbin at the request of passengers.
There was very little more to see than views from the coach and various stops at large shops selling oils, macadamias, puddings etc. Why not travel an extra 1/2 hour and go to the Currumbin sanctuary instead of Tweed Heads or actually visit the rainforest for a short walk rather than the visitors centre..
The food was dreadful - we had fruit and custard for four of the seven nights and frozen cheese cake for two. Two nights there was sliced ham/corned beef and a variety of tinned vegetables, shredded lettuce and white looking pasta and potato salads and the rest was roasts. Extremely lazy and boring catering. This is 2012 for goodness sake!
All of my group were "seniors" but surely we are allowed to stay up beyond 8pm when all the tables were cleared the entertainment stopped and it was made very obvious that it was "bedtime".
Something appeared to be wrong with the plumbing in two of the rooms we had and there was a bad smell coming from the outlet plug in the shower floor. The pool floor made your feet turn blue as the paint was coming of and there was only one lounge to sit on (at the pool).
Plus's - the breakfasts were really good as were the soups (the "4th course" is tea and coffee) The coach driver/guide was very informative.
The entertainment was fun and a pity that it drowned out all dinner conversation and then packed up at 8pm.
This tour is suitable for senior "seniors" and when the baby boomers start touring a bit more they will really have to lift their game.
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