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Our day started early but was well worth it. We had a full bus of folks who were so good natured and happy all day. I think that was because of our guide Stevo and his relaxed positive and welcoming attitude and approach to the whole day. We enjoyed some delicious and fresh snacks and morning and afternoon teas which were spaced across the day very well. Lunch was a BBQ which was tasty but the bread rolls were super dry and the burger meat was super processed sausage meat. The bus was not the most comfortable of rides with not a lot of room but given we were getting on and off a lot there were plenty of opportunities to stretch our legs. We experienced some breath taking scenery including spectacular falls, rivers and water holes with the option to swim or walk or both. The level of activity was really up to you with no pressure and the timing of each visit was excellent so we didn’t feel rushed or bored. If you only had one day up the NT top end then this one day would not disappoint.
Daz our guide was fantastic. We all had a few laughs along the way and pick up was right on time. Daz knew a lot about the area. As we got to the jumping crocodile attraction, we met Pat. What a legend. It was worth going just to met Pat. Such a character. Barefoot with a gun and knife strapped to him he took us on our boat . Pat has a lot of passion for nature which shows when he speaks about the crocs that inhabit the Adelaide River. To see these ancient creatures up close ( right next to the boat) was mind blowing. We travelled further on to Leichfield Park. Amazing waterfalls. The water was refreshing and clear. After our first swim, we had wraps for lunch in the park. Wangi Falls was beautiful. We decided to go for the short walk to the tree tops which was a bit disappointing as there was a lot of stairs and nothing to see when we reached the top. I would defiantly recommend this tour. A new bus would be great for the guide as it had a broken clutch. Bring money to buy snacks
Nothing on website about Seniors' Discount! I found I spent a lot of effort keeping track of the time when anticipating the next bus/activity. I missed the last bus - perhaps it went a little early? - so had to walk around to where the lift is and back to terminal. (It was not a problem!) And I'm not sure what could be done about this ... some places too complex to have driver come in and give a whistle! I had a drink when I went to the Mil. Museum, so looked at outdoor exhibits first. When I went back to the desk there was no one to collect tickets. Later the bus driver had to run back in with several people's tickets, otherwise confusion over whether the bus company owed the M. Museum money or v. versa. Having only one way to buy tickets might be easier for all in every way! Perhaps it could be mentioned by the drivers that Parap is only open in the mornings. I was planning that for the afternoon, not wanting to carry shopping around with me, but ... too late!
Great tour lead by Mon! She was very fun and enthusiastic and engaged the whole group. She’s also a great cook! I enjoyed the tour very much. There was time for some napping on the bus, relaxing in the pool or at the waterfalls, some hiking, having a beer at the campsite at night, gaining more cultural knowledge and spotting wildlife. It truly felt like a mini vacation put in 3 days. There were also some pointers why I don’t give 5 stars. I felt like the tour was a little bit to focused on bird watching. I was expecting more of the general wildlife spotting and not so much focus on the birds. Might depend on the group though. I learned a lot but after 5 or 6 different species I’ve seen enough birds for a year. I would've liked some more time at the termite mounds. This part felt a bit rushed. Overall I think the tour has a very good pace. Definitely book this tour if you’re having doubts!
The AAT Kings tour was very good though taxing and extended in duration to about 15 hours due to an injury to one of the group. Also, my wife and I were unhappy that we had to pay full ticket costs for entry to the National Park because GYG had not shown us as Seniors in the list of passengers supplied to the tour company, AAT Kings.This cost us an extra $20. Perhaps GYG will refund the difference? If you book direct with AATKings the ticket price is included saving inconvenience and possible embarrassment compared with being singled out to pay before the bus departs. You should seriously consider the overnight option.