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Laura "The tour itself was really good, saw everything in Sydney that I wanted to see. Accommodation was also very good, hostel was clean. I know the weather can't be helped but I didnt enjoy going to Manly in the rain as it was very windy and cold. Blue mountains was probably my favourite day and the tour leader for the mountain trip was very knowledgable and helpful. The surf weekend away was also very..."
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44 reviews
Starts
Sydney
+4 Destinations
Australia East Coast
Ends
Sydney
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Highlights

  • Embark on a dolphin-watching cruise
  • Learn to surf in Sydney
  • Visit the famous Bondi Beach
  • Trek to the impressive Blue Mountains
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel
Max Group Size
20
Start and end in Sydney! With the adventure tour Wanderlands Australia, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Sydney, Australia and 4 other destinations in Australia. Starting from $658.66, Wanderlands Australia is 53% cheaper than the average 6-10 day tour through Australia.

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  • JB
    Written on March 14, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Just don't do it! #falseadvertisement #notnike #koalasextra
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  • L
    Written on March 14, 2018
    1.5 - Rather poor

    WANDERLANDS AUSTRALIA AKA WALKING TOUR!!!!!!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!! I honestly don't know where to start and apologise in advance as this could get extensive! Unfortunately my list of positives are smaller than the negatives. There were highlights on the tour like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Bondi Beach..the typical tourist stuff you would do in Sydney. These things do not cost anything! I would strongly advise making your own arrangements and creating an itinerary as you'll do a better job & save a lot of money! It all started after I received short notice that there was just 1 other girl; Jess that would be on the tour alongside Liam (the tour rep). But this was not the issue as both of us were very keen to still go, after having made the necessary arrangements (flights, transfers, visa etc), despite the hidden hints that the operator wanted to cancel the tour. It also appeared online that they had no availability, why not try to get more people on tour from a business perspective?! From then on, we got settled and it seemed that everything was going well but this was not the case... The problems that occurred are: - WANDERLANDS AUSTRALIA = A WALKING TOUR!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU HAVE ANY INJURIES/BACK PROBLEMS/ACHES/PAINS/ISSUES IT'S NOT IDEAL AT ALL. I have a torn ACL on my knee, Jess never had back problems but now she does. NONE OF THIS KEY INFORMATION WAS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION ON TOUR. THERE WAS NO FLEXIBILITY ON TOUR THAT WE TOOK MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS AS WE WAS NOT GOING TO LET THIS RUIN OUR TRIP!!!!!!!!! - We received 1 meal (the BBQ), but nothing else was offered which is wrong when you look at the itinerary - Under "Highlights of our trip" on the operators website for Australia, a woman is holding a f****** Koala Bear! At no point on this trip was there an option for this to be done, apparently to do this you have to go to Queensland or another area far from Sydney. This is false advertisement as it states "highlights of our trip" not highlights of a travellers trip! - Looks like surfing is done at Bondi Beach (by the pics), but this was not the case. We had to wait until we got to Port Stevens where we went to some tiny beach, where there were no waves or even a company where we got a surf lesson! Yes we knew it would not be the same as there was just 2 of us, however alternatives should have been offered at least, instead we paid for the tour and didn't receive half of it! - I travelled to Port Stevens seperately to the group, as in the end I carried out a sky dive that was the best thing I ever done! It took over 5 hours to get there using Liam's instructions & I still couldn't find the place. I was fuming, as I was lost & the instructions given were not clear. I had little battery on my phone, was being told different things and no one was really helping me, in the end Liam & a girl (forgotten her name) came to pick me up, which I was grateful for despite being stressed. The next day or two, it was mentioned that she had crashed into someone and she actually done it again. WHERE IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY HERE????!!!!!!!!!!! WHY WOULD YOU PUT US IN A CAR WHERE THE DRIVER IS NOT IN A GOOD POSITION!!!!!!!!!!! TO SAVE MONEY? IT'S A JOKE. - Later that evening, I addressed my concerns to both Liam & Sharon about the itinerary, how it can be improved from a travellers perspective etc. I addressed this with Sharon prior and she happily accepted my comments, however when I addressed this with Liam it was like I was attacking him! Every comment I made he was quick to jump in and explain how he didn't agree. To improve you need to accept the weaknesses, otherwise how else would you? It was constructive feedback and even Jess was surprised and said how I shouldn't have wasted my time (goes in 1 ear, out the other). I just saw the opportunities & wanted to help the organisation as I can see it going far in future! - To put the Blue Mountains Trek (all day walking basically) on the itinerary, leaving at 07:30, the morning after the tour's "big night out" is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, think about these things. - Surfing was the only activity on the itinerary and we never even got to do that! So pointless and it would make more sense to do more activities in Sydney. We had nothing else arranged and it was such a waste of a day, so disappointing!!!!!!!!!! Late afternoon, we saw some places to shop and eat as we were hungry, but was told we needed to leave despite nothing else being arranged, we thought it was strange and really wanted to stay, but we didn't cause a fuss and left. We asked if we would pass the place we were at but was told no. 10 mins later, we past the place in the car. Like where is the customer service here?! It was our trip and was told lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About 40 mins later, we arrived to some beach, there were no food places (despite being told we was hungry) and was left there whilst Liam & Sharon (who joined us at some points on tour) went on a hike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE TRAVELLED ALL THAT WAY TO PORT STEVENS TO GET LEFT AT SOME BEACH, WITH NO FOOD & COULDN'T EVEN DO SURFING AS MENTIONED ON THE ITINERARY!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SORRY BUT WHO'S FUCKING TRIP WAS THIS????!!!!!!!! CLEARLY THEY WAS NOT WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WASN'T A WEEKEND EITHER!!! I DID NOT PAY FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCKING JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!! At no point were we asked what we wanted to do (as in myself & Jess) - I noticed there was not much on the itinerary and at least 4 times, I mentioned that I wanted to Sky Dive & find out more. The 1st time I asked, Liam said sure I have a contact we will get that arranged for you. He said I can do it on the day I fly home. DO NOT SAY SOMETHING IF YOU'RE UNSURE!!!!!!!!!! ANYONE THAT SKY DIVES CANNOT FLY WITHIN 24 HOURS!!!!!!!!!!! ITS A STANDARD FOR ANY COMPANY OPERATING THIS. I kept asking about the Sky Dive, yet nothing was being done (note, there was very little activities planned). So I took things into my own hands and made the arrangements myself. Later that day, Liam says ahhhh you should have booked that with me as you would have saved on commission. I was shocked by his response as I mentioned this SEVERAL TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At no point on tour, was any additional activities/cross selling done!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He did not care to be honest and it showed throughout. He noticed that I was not happy and did nothing to address it. It wasn't until the last day that he said I had been giving him attitude. Never have I felt stressed on my travels, it defeats the purpose!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was very upset by the lack of service provided & we was asking for recommendations, more activities etc but nothing was done!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - There was a lot of sarcastic comments dropped here & there, which I did not appreciate. I'm British & understand when sarcasm is used inappropriately!!!!!!! If you do not like someone on tour, you should be professional about it as you're representing your company at the end of the day and try to keep your opinions at bay. For instance, there was a plate of food on the table & Jess asked Sharon what that is, her reply was food. Like are you fucking kidding me! Who says that?! I don't appreciate people talking down to me, have some respect!!!!! To be honest my list goes on.... If your not happy about something, but the person addresses it correctly and does everything to rectify it, it reduces the issue. However, if your not happy and nothing is done to rectify it, it makes the situation worse. I'm very disappointed by the service provided and the lack of care. I don't usually write reviews but felt the need to for this. I addressed my issues via message with Liam, yet I was ignored. #nofucksgiven clearly!!!!!!! Regards, Layla
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  • AC
    Written on January 6, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    To start off met Liam our tour guide at the airport, who was very friendly. Once in the hostel, which was very clean and the staff were fantastic and helpful, Liam gave us some pointers on what to do and which busses to get to the beach, which was really helpful as we were keen on getting exploring around. The itinerary was great and really well suited to what I needed from this tour which is an introduction to people coming to Australia on a working holiday visa. Liam helped me with all my set up needs such as tax number, bank account etc. And even gave me the use of the Wanderlands office at any point to help with job searching, and I still have the use now past the end of my tour, and Liam is still really helpful with all my questions regarding working and travelling around Australia and has even put me onto some employment agencies for work. The best part of the trip was the surf camp by far and I really enjoyed the hostel there and swimming with the dolphins. All in all this was a great trip and was really helpful in setting me up on my onwards journey in Australia. Thanks to Liam and the Wanderlands guys!
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    Hey Adam! Sydney must have been an amazing place to see in the New Year! Glad everything was so well organised for you, and Liam helped you out with everything you needed!
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  • S
    Written on January 4, 2018
    1.5 - Rather poor

    Trip was as to be expected per itinerary and activites listed. However very disappointed. Accommodation was not what any of us on the tour were expecting, hostel was not the nicest. Tour was not adapted to suit people on the tour, nights out were mostly not even discussed with group. When plans changed there are no decent back up plans and no proper communication from guide to discuss with the group about these changes. Resulting in a 6 hour journey back from Port stephens which made it a pointless trip. Yes the activites there were fun, but similar could of been arranged nearer to sydney! Sydney has a lot of history, to which tour guide would of benefited from google’s help during the city guide. Mostly unsure why i had to pay the extra $200 for NYE when the tour guide/ company did nothing special for NYE. The guide was no help in regards to helping to arrange further travel post the trip or even travel for the group during the tour. The list go’s on.... this trip needs to be improved or cancelled!
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  • V
    Written on July 25, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    5 stars! The group and activities were awesome, I would definitely travel with Wanderlands again. It's a great introduction to Sydney!
    Wanderlands Travel commented on this review
    Hi Valerie! Thank you for the 5 stars review :) We hope to see you in another tour with us!
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  • AK
    Written on July 23, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was everything I expected! Everything that said was going to be included was, we seen all the hot spots in Sydney and our tour guide answered all our questions! During the week we spent in Sydney, I never felt once like I was with a tour it felt like I was hanging out with a group of friends! It was an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend it!
    Wanderlands Travel commented on this review
    Hi Abbey! Thank you for your review :) We're happy you had an amazing time in Sydney! Thank you for recommend us :)
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  • Wanderlands Australia reviewer 7
    Written on May 29, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Wonderful experience yet again with Wanderlands! Favourite part of the trip was the weekend getaway to Port Stephens... In 36 hours I learned how to surf, sandboard, as well as had an awesome beach bonfire & saw dolphins for the first time ever. Our group leader Liam was a ton of fun, & helped make the week even better.
    Wanderlands Travel commented on this review
    Hi Devon! We are glad you had a wonderful experience with Wanderlands! Surfing and sandboarding really is awesome! Thanks for sharing your review :) Maybe see you in Fiji or Philippines next? ;)
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  • L
    Written on April 10, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    The tour itself was really good, saw everything in Sydney that I wanted to see. Accommodation was also very good, hostel was clean. I know the weather can't be helped but I didnt enjoy going to Manly in the rain as it was very windy and cold. Blue mountains was probably my favourite day and the tour leader for the mountain trip was very knowledgable and helpful. The surf weekend away was also very good where I learnt to surf for the first time and accommodation was very nice and again, the tour leaders on the surf camp were friendly and helpful.
    Wanderlands Travel commented on this review
    Hi Laura, thanks for submitting your review. We are happy you enjoyed the tour but really sad to read you giving the guide only 1 star. We will be talking to the guide and rectifying this for the future tours.
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  • K
    Written on April 6, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Tour was ace! Was really good for meeting other people and friends. Was handy for backpackers as you didn't need to spend lots whilst on it :) The tour itinerary could be better organised with big nights out before 7am rises the next morning! And other alternative plans as backups for rainy days. the accommodation was great! The transport around was also good and the 2 days away were excellent with excellent guides.
    Wanderlands Travel commented on this review
    Hi Kerry, we are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and thanks for the feedback about the alternatives. We will look into this and hopefully streamline the tour. Sad to see that the guide only got one star. We have spoken to the guide and will amend this for next tour.
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  • Wanderlands Australia reviewer 10
    Written on April 4, 2017
    3.5 - Good

    Decent tour with lots to see. Think there should be extras ready for a rainy day and a rearranged week as i didn't like the fact the nights out were before big days like blue mountains and surfing. Bit of a cock up with one of our days so i think for future it would be a good idea to ring tour guides/other companies the night before to check everyone is on the same page. Met James on city walk and bondi, he was absolutely sound! So chilled and always ready to help when you need it. Our tour guide was Jake, he was funny as he was like a child, (had to get him out of bed two days in a row
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    • December 1, 2016

      Is accommodation included on this tour? What should I need to know about it?

      Accommodation is included! It is worth noting though, that it is a dorm accommodation in a hostel with shared facilities that is provided as a part of this tour. In addition to this, some meals are included but breakfast is not included each day.

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      What is the age range of this tour?

      The age range for this tour is 18 - 35 years old

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      Flights to Australia aren't included in the price - this gives you the flexibility to book your own flights and arrive when you want.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 462 km.
    • Sydney (Australia)
    • 6 km
    • Bondi/Coogee (Australia)
    • 81 km
    • Blue Mountains (Australia)
    • 79 km
    • Manly (Australia)
    • 143 km
    • Port Stephens (Australia)
    • 154 km
    • Sydney (Australia)

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