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FJ Tours in the person of our Tour guide, Rae, did an excellent job providing us a great day of experiences during our visit to the Blue Mountains. As we drove through Sydney she provided commentary on the various areas we were passing through which made the trip more interesting. Our first stop was at the Featherdale Wildlife Park on the way to the Blue Mountains. We had done a visit to the Australia Zoo in Brisbane, but found the hands on approach of the Featherdale Park very accommodating. Due to my wife's illness we did not make it to Taranga Zoo, but it would have been difficult to outdo the Featherdale experience. Rae gave us plenty of time to see all the animals, interact with them, and see the wide array of exotic birds. The lunch stop at the small town of Leura was delightful and we had great tasting fish and chips at that stop at Loaves and Dishes- much better than the food we saw later at Scenic World. When we arrived at the Blue Mountains National Park, Rae, as she grew up in the area, took us to several more remote less crowded observation points. We then drove to the Scenic World rides which consisted of the Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, and after a short walk through the Rain Forest at the bottom, we rode the Scenic Railway. It had a 50 degree grade and was a really fun ride back to the top which literally had us on the edge of our seats. Overall, Rae kept us together quite well, except for 3 who wanted to do their own thing.The entire day was well coordinated in a way we would not have been able to do on our own. Rae then dropped us off at a wharf up river near where the Olympic Stadium stood. She got us on the riverboat and we had a pleasant cruise back to the Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney. We had dinner there, and then took an easy train ride back to a stop near our hotel. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get out and see more than the usual sights like the Harbor Bridge and Opera House.
Great trip except for the rain. The rain and clouds prevent us from seeing the blue mountains which was the main reason's I went. All sights are worth seeing. I recommend the trip but don't go if rain is expected.
driver/guide Jed was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. trip extremely worthwhile.
An excellent trip and a very good tour guide. good pace and did all that the itinery schedule specified.
The mountains are definitely worth a visit when visiting Sydney. We missed doing the mountain trip on our first visit to Sydney due to time, and are really pleased we got an opportunity to do it this time.
Most visually beautiful trip on our short visit to Sydney! Stopover in Leura for lovely lunch and coffee. Finally, seeing the Blue Mountains from many vantage points was very memorable. Our bus driver was very knowledgeable and entertained us with stories and bits of Australias history during our trip.
The Blue Mountains trip and Scenic World is not to be missed. It was a delight seeing the Koala Bear and the Kangaroo along with many exotic animals at the Scenic World. Our bus driver and guide was terrific showing us what and where to go to maximize enjoying the place. He even gave us a parting gift of tiny kangaroo stuff toy. The included Ferry boat ride is delightful and wonderful to see the Sydney bridge up close. Everyone in our group enjoyed the thrill riding the train at the Blue mountain. It was delightful we enjoyed it so much along with shopping. A Visit to the opera house is not to be missed. Overall a fantastic excursion via Viator.
While on a family vacation in Australia and New Zealand for four weeks, we booked ten excursions, this one by FJ Tours and terrific tour guide Jed was first class all the way and our favorite of them all! Jed shared wonderful insights and provided action packed day with Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blue Mountains, Scenic World and ending with a scenic cruise back to Sydney under the Harbour Bridge. Tour cost included all activities including three different rides at Scenic World and is an incredible value! It is worth well more than twice the price. I highly recommend FJ Tours and suggest asking for Jed.
Jeffrey L D United States of ...
Rea provided a GREAT trip! She took us to several hidden gem views on the way in a small van which was very nice. She explained the best way to expedite the rides at Scenic World. We enjoyed Featherdale WIldlife Park and the river ride back to Sydney. Delivered what was described and more!
I would recommend FJ Tours to anyone visiting Sydney. It was an overall fun day. This is by far, one of the best tour providers that Viator chose. After a rather negative experience with one international brand that was booked via Viator, I feel like Viator really should listen to their reviewers. FJ Tours was fun, our driver/skip was Michael, he was very lively and informative. No hotel pickups only to be taken to a tourist centre for more optional extras to make more money, and no wasting 1 hour which is why I personally avoid Gray Line tours Everything in the itinerary was enjoyed by everyone on the tour just as promised... no skipping attractions, or visiting sites in the dark because of wasted time. The added bonus was the harbour cruise at the end of the tour. I would highly recommend this tour! Thanks FJ Tours!
Had an amazing day, my only comment would be what is the purpose of the 'lunch' stop before we went to the Blue Mountains, it didn't really give you a lot of time to eat and once at the Blue Mountains we could have had a bit more time and got lunch there!
Very long day, 11 hours, but worth the price. Got to see a lot of Sydney sites. Recommend getting a good night's rest the night beforehand.
Overall, a very nice trip. Very scenic the whole route. The tour included several worthwhile stops. The problem was at the end when the tour guide took us late to the last stop, to take the ferry back to Circular Quay, and left us there to wait for 1 1/2 hours for the ferry in light rain and wind. It was not a nice ending.
My husband, two daughters, ages 17 and 19, and I really enjoyed this tour! Max our guide was high energy, funny, and kept everyone on track. The itinerary was great, right amount of time at each spot!
A lot to crowd into one day but an outrageous trip. We booked with FJ Tours at the last minute on Christmas eve. Hats off to Norm and Nathan for a wonderful, personable tour. Would have been nice to have more time at each stop but within the time constraints of the day, we never felt pushed or shoved by our guides. Featherdale was awesome!
Enjoyed this trip very much. Comfortable van with free water. Beautiful scenery and driver provided just the right amount of commentary.
Bus driver was excellent!
It was bit problematic trying to find out where to wait for the bus as the designated road was blocked off due to construction. The telephone number we received via email was not useful as nobody answered it probably because it. However the bus driver went around on foot to collect us all.
Wow, what a day! The scenery should not be missed and that alone was worth the trip. The visit to the animal centre was not something we would have planned ourselves, but actually it was quite enjoyable. Lunch at Leura was great and would recommend doing your own thing as you will see more of the enchanting small village. The highlight is of course the Blue Mountain and we were not disappointed. Ben our driver was excellent delivering just the right amount of information and kept the excursion on time throughout the day. He actually took us to an additional viewpoint which was an added bonus. Had to wait for a couple of late tour coaches on the boat trip back into the city, but the relaxing journey on the boat really was a great way to finish the day, sitting with a cold beer. Really good day and thanks to Ben.
Our driver/guide Rae was very friendly and nice, she kept the bus very clean and ac very cold on a hot day, really enjoy the trip and would highly recommend this trip.
Really enjoyed the trip to Blue Mountains as we enjoyed seeing some of the inland areas from Sydney. Loved the Scenic Mountain rail car up and down the hill sorry the Skyway car was being serviced so we didn't get to ride it. Scenery was great!
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