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Australian Luxury Escapes
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US$1 046,81*
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Private Phillip Island Day Trip from Melbourne...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Australian Luxury Escapes have been operating luxury, small group and privately guided tours for the past 26 years. Our tours depart from Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. Our small group tours average less than 10 guests with premium quality inclusions. Great food and wine, friendly knowledgeable guides and exceptional local experiences. Explore your favourite destination like a local. Our private tours cater for singles, couples or groups of friends and families wanting a tailor made experience. We will listen to your requirements and customise a tour to suit your interests and budget. With over 26 years of experience, our family owned and operated company will give you the 'Once in a Lifetime" experience that you are looking for.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 28 June 2018

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Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

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"blue mountains"
in 43 reviews
"our tour guide"
in 15 reviews
"port douglas"
in 13 reviews
"great tour"
in 10 reviews
"small group"
in 9 reviews
"daintree river"
in 12 reviews
"luxury escapes"
in 11 reviews
"ice cream"
in 11 reviews
"yacht club"
in 10 reviews
"cape tribulation"
in 7 reviews
"great lunch"
in 4 reviews
"two weeks"
in 3 reviews
"highly recommend this tour"
in 7 reviews
"national park"
in 5 reviews
"bondi beach"
in 4 reviews
"once in a lifetime"
in 4 reviews
"rainforest walk"
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Patrick, our tour guide for this all-day excursion to the Blue Mountains with a stop off at a wildlife sanctuary on the way, was phenomenal. An early retired investment banker, he gave up his career on his own terms to be with people. He had a wealth of knowledge, was very funny and provided continuous commentary during the tour.

The group consisted of 6 people who were easily accommodated in the luxury van provided. We rotated seats throughout the day so that everyone at some point had the best view of things.

The wildlife sanctuary was fantastic and showcased most if not all of the creatures indigenous to Australia from the “usual” koalas, kangaroos and wallabies to dingos, saltwater crocodiles and some of the most venomous snakes and spiders in the world.

The Blue Mountains were something else! There were incredible vistas to be seen and experienced. We stopped off for a picnic of tea and sweets, set up by Patrick in a clearing in a middle of part of the Blue Mountains National Park. We reached the spot through dirt roads and switch backs and at no time did Patrick’s hands leave the steering wheel! There were a number of wallabies in the grassy areas that we could observe observing us. Moving on, Patrick took us to special viewing spots and vantage points to truly see the splendor of the Mountains. In our opinion this tour was the highlight of our visit to Australia.

Thank JerryandRoz
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Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Dear Jerry and Roz,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of your recent tour with Patrick to the Blue Mountains. I am so delighted that you had an amazing time with us. It sounds as though you covered all of the best parts of the Blue Mountains. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on another Australian Luxury Escape soon.

Kind Regards,
Grant.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Rhiannon Macnaughtan is a star of Australian Luxury Escapes! Working together with her over the past year, I took a group of 14 from the US to the South Island of New Zealand for almost two weeks, then on to Australia for another week. The entire trip was FANTASTIC and none of us could have asked for more. The goal of my new small business is to provide flexible, informative, off-the-beaten-path vacations, with events for the active and the not-so-active members of the group. The trip consisted of 15 individuals ranging in age from 30 to 80 with significantly varying degrees of physical capabilities and interests. With two driver/guides everywhere we went we were able to see and do everything from cultural activities, small towns or the cities, coupled with concurrent wee 10 mile hikes in the amazingly beautiful mountains.

Rhiannon worked with the tour group in New Zealand, and created a custom itinerary for us there and in Australia and no stone was left unturned. Every detail, small or large, was taken care of so we never had any unfortunate surprises. Our hotels were wonderful, our transportation perfect, our guides spectacular, and with itineraries designed to provide the backbone of the trip, daily activities could always be modified according to weather, energy, or group ideas. For most of us this was our first and last visit to the ‘down under’ and Rhiannon & Australian Luxury Escapes made it an incredible once in a lifetime escape!

Thank you from all of us!
-amy

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Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi Amy,

Wow. Thank you so much for an amazing review of your experience with Rhiannon and Australian Luxury Escapes. I know that Rhi faced a number of challenges with your group and I cannot be more thrilled to know that everyone had such an incredible time.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with you Amy and greatly appreciated your utmost professionalism at all times.
Take Care and we hope to see you on another Australian Luxury Escape soon.

Kind Regards,
Grant.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We were the only 2 people on this tour. Our guide, Clifton, was fun, funny and very knowledgable. We were on the Daintree river for about an hour crocodile hunting but didn't see any. Thornton Beach is the only place in the world where the rain forest meets the ocean. We were the only people on the beach. We walked at Jindalba in the rainforest. Clifton spotted critters that we never would have seen if we were on our own. Giant spiders, preying mantis, crabs and more. Did not see the elusive Cassowary, the most dangerous bird on earth. If you happen to get Clifton for this tour, be aware, there is quiz at the end.

Thank Siouxzi
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Grant C, Owner at Australian Luxury Escapes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hello there,

Thank you so much for your great feedback and review of your recent trip on our Daintree Wanderer. I am so glad that you had such an amazing time. Our guide Clayton is very experienced and I am convinced that he knows the botanical name of every plant species in the Daintree. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you on another Australian Luxury Escapes again soon.

Kind Regards,

Grant.

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