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The Private Tour Guide

Sydney, Australia
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About The Private Tour Guide
Masters of personalised experiences of Sydney! Visit the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the historic ‘Rocks’ area, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bondi Beach, Manly and the northern beaches, South Head, Watsons Bay, Paddington, Chinatown, Darling Harbour and Sydney's exciting harbour suburbs & gardens. There's plenty to do on a Sydney tour; visit a craft brewery, vodka/ gin distillery, pasticerria or ice cream factory. Take a surf lesson, go indoor sky diving, tree roping, white water rafting, the bridge climb or an easy coastal cliff stroll. Sample wines from hand picked vineyards in the Hunter Valley, take a train ride through the Hunter Gardens, or sample cheese and chocolate. Hike the Blue Mountains and spot a kangaroo or go whale and dolphin watching in Port Stephens or Jervis Bay. We emphasise visiting local secret treasures, spotting Australian wildlife, whilst enjoying excellent food and wine. Perfect for couples or families from half a day to multi day packages.
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get34 wrote a review Nov. 2019
Secaucus, New Jersey6 contributions
My husband, daughter & I enjoyed two tours with ‘The Private Tour Guide’ during our trip to Melbourne. Our tour guide for both excursions was Peter and he was excellent! We first traveled with Peter for the Penguin Parade tour. I had been in Melbourne 20+ years ago & had experienced the penguins back then & was concerned that the current experience would be too commercial & not as enjoyable as I remembered it. I was pleasantly surprised. The newly built nature center is fabulous! My family was as intrigued with the penguin parade as I was many years ago. Booking with The Private Tour Guide & having the Ranger tour and exclusive access to the viewing areas was well worth it and a must do! Our guide Peter led us on a well-thought out tour before getting to the nature center. We viewed the beautiful areas of Phillip Island. We took a second tour with Peter a few days later to tour The Great Ocean Road. This trip was also fabulous as it was once again well-planned with lots of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the magnificent coastline, to see koalas in their natural habitat, kangaroos jumping about and a fun experience with beautiful birds. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable about ‘everything Australia’! He kept us entertained and had great suggestions as for photo opportunities and places to stop and stretch our legs. Peter even took us on a side tour to Brighton Beach before dropping us at our hotel as my daughter had this spot on her list to visit. He saved us a trip back out of Melbourne by swinging by there on our way home from our tour. I highly recommend this tour company. I did a lot of research of tours before booking and Simon was the easiest and most attentive tour guide to work with. We avoided the crowds on the big bus tours and enjoyed the family time since we traveled privately. We thoroughly both experiences with this tour company and Peter!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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youngsungh wrote a review Sep. 2019
Seoul, South Korea35 contributions4 helpful votes
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Two days with Scott were amazing. Worth every penny. I felt like traveling with my best friend who happens to be a tour guide, wildlife expert, amazing driver. On our way to Mudgee(Logan Wine, Lowe Wine), he showed me local spots and communicated with beautiful birds. Two hours of driving could not have been more exciting and fun. I will definitely visit Australia again and one of the reasons will be just to have a glass of wine with this reallly good friend I made on this trip.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Ggg wrote a review Jun. 2019
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Our family went on two separate one day tours with Ben. We toured the South Coast areas from Sydney one day and the Blue Mountains on another day. Ben customized and modified the tour to meet our needs and desires. Ben was outgoing, friendly and very knowledgeable. He was happy to answer our questions and enthusiastically showed us the sights. We never felt rushed or pressured and were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal towns like Kiama and the Blue Mountains including some hikes and the impressive Three Sisters. We highly recommend The Private Tour Guide and truly enjoyed a memorable experience. Thanks Ben!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from ThePrivateTourGuide, Owner at The Private Tour Guide
Responded 1 Jul. 2019
Hi Gary, Thanks for the two great days of touring. We saw some pretty spectacular stuff! Regards, Ben Barry
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mcmc1225 wrote a review May 2019
Memphis, Tennessee151 contributions38 helpful votes
Ben Barry was an excellent tour guide for two days. Ben was VERY organized and considerate of our wishes. We highly recommend him as he has an engaging personality, very interesting background and experiences, and an outstanding knowledge of a vast number of subjects. It is worth the cost. We chose for just the two of us to be on board but he can accommodate more passengers. His van is extremely comfortable and he was an excellent driver in the Sydney traffic and on the highways. We drove on the first day to the Blue Mountains. Our first stop was in the national park at a panoramic overlook of the area, then a stop to look at six kangaroos, We saw the beautiful Jelly Bean pool, a natural swimming “hole” which was just a short walk down a trail. At Katoomba, we saw the excellent Aboriginal show, a thirty-minute performance covering the history of Australia. There is a wonderful view of the Three Sisters from the Echo Point lookout and a nice gallery and gift shop. It was very crowded on a Monday in mid-May so we were glad Ben was there to assist us. The view from Echo Point and other locations he showed us gave us an idea of the huge vastness of the area. We took a River Cat catamaran to return to Circular Quay via the Parramatta River. The second day we covered the beautiful Hunter Valley. After a two-hour drive to the valley, we visited three very different wineries which were all excellent. We wish we had more time there and more time with Ben's guidance.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from ThePrivateTourGuide, Owner at The Private Tour Guide
Responded 3 Jun. 2019
Hi Mary and Shellie, There's some amazing things to do in both the Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains and it's been a pleasure helping you tick them off your bucket list. Was so cute seeing the wild kangaroos and is always interesting even for a local to see. Hope to see you both again one day. Regards, Ben Barry
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Doris P wrote a review May 2019
West Jefferson, Ohio104 contributions20 helpful votes
My friend and I wanted to visit Australia like a local. We accomplished that today. We saw Australia at its finest and the best way ever, with a private tour. Ben Barry is an outstanding tour guide surely one of the best you’ll ever have. A very safe driver and a gentleman. His knowledge and enthusiasm were contagious. From the start of our trip, he shared the history and culture of Australia in addition to breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains. We began at a secluded park. We felt like we had Australia to ourselves. The views looking over the valley were stunning. Ben filled us with information about flora and fauna surrounding us. We were immersed in nature. We were in the Australian bush. Kangaroos were next to us eating in the wild. Ben continuously pointed out local birds and even imitated their sound. He definitely knew his birds. One highlight was an elusive Lyrebird Ben discovered. It is the symbol on the park signs. We experienced the beauty of waterfalls, ducks in Wentworth lake,the Three Sisters, an unusual ant nest, Kookaburras feasting in the wild, fall color, and lovely towns. One of the tour’s highlights was an aboriginal dance performance which tied together facts we had learned in our travels. Ben took us to the Sydney Harbour ferry and made sure we were taken care of as he had all day. That feeling of being special was carried out throughout out the tour. The tour was a highlight of our Australian holiday and will be treasured forever. In one day, I felt like Ben was a friend. Our friend was showing us Australia in its best light.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from ThePrivateTourGuide, Owner at The Private Tour Guide
Responded 12 May 2019
Hi Doris and Linda, Wow - what beautiful words. Thank you for your sincerity and honesty. It really felt like we werer best friends sharing a few laughs on a few short walks and looking for wildlife. Was a superb day spent. Let me know when you are back in Australia as I would love to see you both again. Regards, Ben Barry Owner - The Private Tour Guide - Sydney
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