BlueBananas is worth it! I found it easy to book with them, communicating via email with Connie. She answered my questions and re-scheduled our tour as I put together our week of Sydney activities. One of the owners, Michael, even called a few days before our tour to assure us that we could re-book if the weather proved daunting. It was clear that they are professional and personable; they truly want you to have a great time.
I booked a private half-day tour for our family of 3: Two middle-aged moderately fit adults and our 13 year old son. We were treated to perfect biking weather (mild & dry), although we were prepared to go even if it had rained. Our guide, Richard, was knowledgeable about the area and it's history. He was also patient with our electric bike learning curve, and most importantly he's good company! Once we got the hang of the e-bikes (which are really cool), we were off to sight-see. While one needs to pedal the e-bikes, they come to the rescue on those hills. We were definitely able to cover more ground and take in more sights this way. This is great for a accommodating a group who may not all be at the same fitness level.
Richard tailored our day according to our interests and had plenty for us to choose from. I would heartily suggest that you take your time at the Quarantine Station. There we enjoyed very good coffee & treats with Richard, and took in some ghost stories from Debra who even shared her spooky recordings with us. Along the way, if you come prepared, you can even take time for a dip in the ocean.
Dress in comfortable clothing, maybe a swimsuit underneath and bring a beach towel if you decide to swim. A small daypack was enough for us to stash our long-sleeves in as the day warmed up. Sunglasses and sunscreen, maybe a little trail mix if you feel peckish. Then plan on enjoying a great meal at one of the many restaurants in Manly. Richard suggested Garfish to us, we went and it was excellent. We were well cared for from start to finish, thank you BlueBananas! We’ll be booking again if we can get back to Sydney.
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