DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!

Dear Sir, Congratulations! Until now I have never been fond of bus travel, finding it a very cold experience in every way. The air-conditioning has been more like a refridgeration and very little communication or interaction between anyone on board. But, on Thursday 23rd April, I caught a Scenic Hinterland Day Tours bus from Helensvale (I think) to the Australia Zoo and had an entirley different experience! The bus was clean and comfortable, and not cold. The driver was pleasant, informative, witty and quite entertaining! At one break in his commentary a young girl went up and asked him to tell us some more! It was a most enjoyable day and I thank your company for being part of it. And I particularly commend your driver of the day who was a big part of the whole experience and one you should be proud to have in your employ. I look forwrard to doing another trip next visit with you. Sincerely,

Rosie Miller

We recently took three of your trips Tour 3 on 19th March, Tour 1 on 20th March and Tour 2 on 22nd March. Thank you for three lovely days! We thoroughly enjoyed all the tours and had a great time. I did not get the chance to thank John - our driver on the O'Reilly's tour - for playing the CD about the Stinson crash. I had heard much of the story before, but hearing the voices of Bernard O'Reilly and John Proud was very moving. I wanted to applaud at the end, but was a bit embarrassed in case no-one joined in! And I have fallen in love with Roy the Alpaca! Once again, on behalf of husband Alan and myself, many thanks for three excellent tours and three very good driver/guides (John, Barry & John). See you next time!

Maggie Chilton

To everyone at the Scenic Day Tour Group, Hello. On Thursday the 14th May I booked your tour to 5 "Sunshine Coast Express" to Noosa. I was picked up from the Zenith Apartments at 8am. Your driver Barry made this tour so very extra special! His knowledge of every mile we travelled was amazing! He made everyone so very relaxed & entertained from 8am till 6pm! Barry certainly is a role model for your company. Thank you once again for very memorable day,

Roz Jason

Good Morning, In November my husband and I had our first visit to the Gold Coast staying at the Mardis Gras Holiday Apartments on the Gold Coast Highway. We contacted the Gold Coast Tourism for advice on what we should do and see. They gave us some excellent suggestions and we booked three day tours through them with your company. On Friday 21st we took your Byron Bay Tour, Sunday 23rd your O'Reilly's and Tamborine Mountain Tour and on Monday 24th your Gold Coast City Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed each of these tours and are recommending them to anyone who will listen to us!!! The drivers were knowledgeable and extremely courteous. I would especially like to give a big thank you to the driver who took us to Byron Bay and O'Reillys, Tamborine Mountain (same driver both days) as I think he went beyond what was expected and really made these tours special for all on board. Thank you so much,

Jenny and Murray Latta

Dear Bernhard, At a recent Breast Cancer fund raiser I purchased at auction the Full Day Tour 1 to Springbrook, Natuarl Arch & Tropical Fruit World. Just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful day, both my friend and myself though it was a great day and we will recommend it to others. I would like to thank you for your generous donation as without sponsors like you we would not have had the very successful day that it was. Thank you again,

Rita Jones

Dear Driver/Guide Barry, Many thanks for your friendly but professional presentation for all of our Day Tours. You are a Company Treasure!

Rod & Doreen Foley

Hi there, I'm a little late in sending this email, but at the end of June I went on your Natural Bridge Glow Worm tour and I had to write in to say that I had the most fantastic tour guide ever. Please tell Julie, "Beautiful," that she did such an amazing job and I was thoroughly impressed. I've been on many, many tours in the past, and she was by far the best tour guide that I've had. She made sure that everyone was involved and interested as she taught us facts about the forest and the glow worms that I wouldn't have expected a tour guide to know. I left that tour knowing so much more, and having had a great time learning it all. Basically, I left that tour feeling like my money was very well spent, and it was entirely thanks to her.

Katie Dunham

Last Thursday, we did the Tour 3 to O'Reilly's & Tamborine Mountain with your driver/Guide - Tim, an experience which will be long remembered. From the moment we boarded the bus we, together with other travellers were treated to the most relaxing, attentive, informative, personalised, nothing is too much trouble, bus tour. We commend you and your company for theses high standards and especially Tim for making the day most memorable. Many Thanks.

Kevin & Julie Donovan

Dear Sir or Madam, I recently spent a holiday with friends in Nerang on the Gold Coast and did five of your tours. I am writing in praise of your drivers/tour guides, all of who I found to be excellent. I must though mention one in particular, Gary, (grey haired gentleman with the beard), who was a little bit special in the way he conducted his tours. His knowledge of the areas we visited was obviously extensive and this showed in the way he delivered his commentary not just as a series of facts, but quite naturally and with an engaging humour. It was a real pleasure having him as a guide, as it was with all your drivers/tour guides. Yours Sincerely,

Mrs P Smith

Last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday my partner and I took tours with your company. We did the Byron Bay, the Brisbane and also the Lamington National Park. Our tour drivers were Garry, Barry, and John. I have to tell you all 3 tours were fabulous, all 3 drivers were not only excellent competent drivers that we felt safe with but all were delightful, informative tour guides as well. It was a well needed holiday for us, and we couldn't have been more pleased with our time spent learning about and seeing the area. Please pass on to the guys how much we appreciated the trips!

Melanie Harms & Paul Quinlan

Today I went on your Tour 01 - Springbrook, Natural Arch and Tropical Fruit World. I am so glad that I did, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. John our guide for today was really informative and made everyone feel at ease with his knowledge and made the trip even more enjoyable for everyone. Again I am glad that I undertook your tours and I will be recommending you guys to them. Many thanks for a great day!

Ken Ismail

We booked two tours and got the third one free. We were picked up and dropped off at our accommodation. First we went to Byron Bay with Barry who was so knowledgeable, he could tell you about anything. A fantastic trip stopping at the Crystal Castle and the Byron lighthouse before going to Byron Bay itself. Our second trip was to Australia Zoo, we had just over 5 hours at the zoo, plenty of time to see just about everything. The free trip we took was to Noosa. We stopped at the Ettamogah Pub and Aussie World where we had a free pass into the theme park for the cafe and souvenir shop. Then it was up to Noosa for a few hours to do our own thing and on the way home we stopped at the ginger factory at Yandina and the nut factory across the road. We thoroughly enjoyed all the trips and are looking at doing others on our next trip to Surfers Paradise.

Sparky

Staying in Surfers Paradise we decided to do two tours with Hinterland Tours. The first tour was Springbrook, natural arch & tropical fruit world. We were picked up from our accommodation by bus-driver Barry at 7.45 am. Other travelers were picked up and the tour went down to Tropical Fruit World for exotic fruit tasting and an interesting talk. From there the tour headed up the Springbrook mountain to view 5 waterfalls, ancient forests, and several nature walks. The tour was well organized, interesting and was a comfortable pace for 10 year old to people in their 60’s with medium level of fitness. Driver Barry was a gem and a wealth of information. I would highly recommend this tour, as covering this area by car could be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area. You can phone up to 9pm to book the tour and if you mention their website www.hinterlandtours.com.au you get 5% off the price. They also have deals where you can pay for 2 tours and get a third one for free.

Mrs. Lucas


I just wanted to thank you for the amazing tour that my husband and I experienced with John Powell! We are from Galveston, Texas and had the most wonderful time during our holiday! We will highly recommend everyone to book through y'all! Thank you again and please tell John that he is a fabulous tour guide! Have a great day,

Jill Lawhorn

These tours are great if you want a quick getaway from the Gold Coast. It's surprising how much there is within a short drive. We did the O'Reillys and Tamborine Mountain Rainforest tour which has won Eco awards - always good for the soul. It was fantastic seeing the waterfalls and you had time to explore the township of Mount Tamborine including all the art galleries and craft stores. Next we did the Croc Experience tour to check out Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo and had heaps of time there to look at everything. Such a massive zoo! We also did the Byron Bay trip and got to see the light house and went to Crystal Castle (amazing gardens). They also do tours to Brisbane but we ran out of time. We ended up getting the O'Reilly's tour free through Experience Oz as we booked it online to make sure we got seats. If you book 2 tours then you get the O'Reilly trip free which save you about $85. They are small buses too so you don't feel like a tourist turning up on a massive tour bus. Highly recommend.

TripAdvisor Client

We booked two tours and got the third one free. We were picked up and dropped off at our accommodation. First we went to Byron Bay with Barry who was so knowledgeable, he could tell you about anything. A fantastic trip stopping at the Crystal Castle and the Byron lighthouse before going to Byron Bay itself. Our second trip was to Australia Zoo, we had just over 5 hours at the zoo, plenty of time to see just about everything. The free trip we took was to Noosa. We stopped at the Ettamogah Pub and Aussie World where we had a free pass into the theme park for the cafe and souvenir shop. Then it was up to Noosa for a few hours to do our own thing and on the way home we stopped at the ginger factory at Yandina and the nut factory across the road. We thoroughly enjoyed all the trips and are looking at doing others on our next trip to Surfers Paradise.

TripAdvisor Client

Staying in Surfers Paradise we decided to do two tours with Scenic Hinterland Day Tours. The first tour was Springbrook, Natural Arch & Tropical Fruit World. We were picked up from our accommodation by bus-driver Barry at 8:50am. Other travelers were picked up and the tour went down to Tropical Fruit World for exotic fruit tasting and an interesting talk. From there the tour headed up the Springbrook mountain to view 5 waterfalls, ancient forests, and several nature walks. The tour was well organized, interesting and was a comfortable pace for 10 year old to people in their 80’s with medium level of fitness. Driver Barry was a gem and a wealth of information. I would highly recommend this tour, as covering this area by car could be tricky for those unfamiliar with the area. You can phone up to 9pm to book the tour and if you mention their website www.hinterlandtours.com.au you get 5% off the price. They also have deals where you can pay for 2 tours and get a third one for free.

TripAdvisor Client

Hi, My husband and I recently visited Queensland and stayed at Broadbeach at the Meriton Appartments. We decided to do something different this trip and booked tours with you and we just want to thank you. The first tour we did was last Tuesday 7 June up to Noosa with John, the second trip was on Thursday 9 June to Springbrook with Barry, and then another tour on Friday 10 June to Byron Bay with John. On all three tours we had a wonderful time. Your drivers were nothing but courteous, informative and just really friendly down to earth men. We had a great time and even though on the Thursday trip we had a flat tyre, (which by the way, made the day a little more exciting), it was worth every cent. Congratulations on having such great staff and we would appreciate you forwarding our sincerest thanks on to them. We are happy to recommend to any of our friends going up to Queensland to take your tours.

Julia and Khalil Kalouche

Dear Sir, My family and me recently was joined day tours from your company. 5 August to Brisbane, 6 August to SpringBrook, Tropical Fruit World and 7 August to Mt Tamborine. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Mr Barry and Mr John for their excellent and informative guide during the tour. They are friendly and show us the great view during the trip. I learned a lot from the trip and shooting many nice photos :) Once again, thank you for your company to arrange us a full and excellent tours.

Yoke Lee

Hi All, I am writing to you to thank you for a wonderful time we had on your tours on Wed 12/10/11, Thur and Thur evening 13/10/11. I had my young cousin here from Italy and we booked 3 tours and received the 3rd tour of a lesser value absolutely free! It was such a pleasure to be driven around, relaxing and taking in the beautiful scenery of the QLD and NSW hinterland. I'd like to thank the entertaining and knowledgable bus drivers, Barry, Dave and the lovely, funny and charming aussie/japanese driver (apologies I've forgotten the man's name) that drove us on the night tour to see the glow worms, meet the humble owner/artist and then onto to meet the clever and informative astronomer Andre. I'll be back again. Keep up the great service Kind regards.

Dina

Hello! We went on Garry's tour yesterday to Tamborine Mountain and we wanted to make sure you knew how great of a guide he was. He was very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and seemed like a genuine person. Even though we are two broke college students he made spending the money well worth it. Thank you again to Garry! Sincereley.

Morgan and Mike

Hi Just like to provide some feedback on our day trip to Byron Bay last Friday. Our driver was Barry. Barry was very enthusiastic, and highly entertaining all through the trip. He fed us with information all day, relating to everything to do with the sugarcane plantations, to how much the new highway cost, we all found his talks very informative. He got everyone on the bus to introduce themselves, with a bit of into about where they are from, and how long they are staying at the Gold Coast. This was very challenging, particularly as about 3 groups on the bus spoke very little English. No problems for Barry, he didn’t miss a beat, and filled in all the pauses with some jokes and more information. You have an excellent advertisement for your business in Barry, we will be happy to recommend your company to any of our friends who are visiting your part of the world. Cheers

Robert and Olga Johns

To the Manager, My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Queensland. While staying at the Radisson resort for a week, we booked four tours with Scenic Hinterland Tours. We enjoyed every minute of it. The drivers were friendly, knowledgeable and courteous. In particular we would like to thank Barry, the New Zealand driver, and Chris, who accompanied him on Tour 3 to O’Reilly’s on the day my wife had a fall, resulting in cuts and bruises. This incident could have spoilt our holiday severely, but Chris’s quick action in applying First Aid and Barry’s initiative in finding a medical surgery for us on Tamborine Mountain made things a lot easier for us. We carried on the next day and were lucky enough to have Barry on two more occasions as our driver. Please pass on our thanks and good wishes to him and Chris.

Frederick and Rita

Dear Sir/Madam,, To Whom it may concern. The purpose of this email is to let you know that my husband and I both enjoyed the tours,that we did with your company. They were booked by Rosie at St Georges,Rainbow Bay. The first one we did, on Tuesday 15th May, was the O'Reilly's,Lamington National Park, and Tamborine Mountain. This was a wonderful day, and made much better having "big" John as our driver and guide. What a lovely man, and a real treasure, as he thoroughly enjoys his job, and it shows. He was a wealth of information, cheerful, and an excellent driver. The next tour was Friday 18th to Crystal Castle, and Byron Bay. Whilst this tour was enjoyable, I felt that more time could have been spent at Crystal Castle, to explore the gardens longer, and less time at Byron Bay.The coastal scenery at Byron Bay was lovely, but the township, I felt was just another shopping area. The last tour we did was the Springbrook one, on Sunday 20th May,which also was a delightful day. Again the driver and tour guide, was very helpful and informative. I hope that this feedback is helpful to you, and your company. Yours sincerly,

Margaret and Stan Hoskin