I take reviews on tripadvisor very seriously. And I have never written a bad one about anyone, but this one really shocked me. My husband and I went to Australia for one month, we did tons of tours and this tour was the worst. In fact this was the worst tour I have ever been on in my entire life. I can't believe it had so many positive reviews. After we went on this tour I actually went back and double checked this website because I was so disappointed. I could not believe I picked something so bad.
First, our tour guide Terry was rude and constantly made stabs at me the entire time. At first I thought I was over reacting, but it didn't stop!! At the time I did not say anything because I did not want to make a scene but I should have told him off. Other people on here made similar comments. I could use more expletive words to describe him but I will remain calm. I'm still shocked and keep in mind it's been one year since I did this tour.
Next this tour is over priced!! I did many tours while in Australia and this one is OVER PRICED. $190 AU per person! You don't get what you pay for. The trip basically starts off with driving through the suburbs of Cairns to see "wild" kangaroos and wallabies. For those of you from the USA, it's like looking for deer in the suburbs of a city. Give me a break. After you drive around the city you go on a very windy van ride to a little cafe'. At the cafe you have a biscuit and tea, nothing exciting. You walk around the cafe on a little path and he tells you about different things you see. Ok. This was nice but if you paid attention the trail was short and you stayed right next to the road. There was nothing adventurous about this trail.
At this point I was still hopeful that this would be a cool trip and worth my money.
So after the cafe and short trail hike we went to find platypus in the wild. So envision going to a little muddy creek next to the road with tons of other tour groups. And there is no guarantee you will see a platypus. I may have seen a platypus, I couldn't tell you. I did see a cow and I got a great photo of her.
So after the platypus adventure we got some food. To me, food must have two basic requirement. It must not make sick (from the top or the bottom) and it must be some what edible. This food full-filled both. I do not remember it being amazing by any means.
After dinner we went back to the "woods" and went spot lighting. Ok, this was basically walking on the road with car driving by, looking for creatures with a spot light. We saw a few possums, but not too much.
After spot lighting we were given a drink and returned to our hotel. I will acknowledge the drink was a nice added touch.
So after one full year of waiting on this review I still feel the same. I don't know if this guy was having an off night. I still see reviews from people that loved it and said he was personable and funny. Absolutely astounded by the reviews. Honestly if I hadn't had this experience I would not believe we were talking about the same tour.
I would love my money back from this tour. It was the lowest point on my month long trip to Australia.
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