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“Night with the animals - good and bad points”

McDermott's Coaches
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USD 37.13*
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Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Legana
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: McDermott’s Coaches and Tours are one of the State’s largest coach tour and specialist transport service provider and with many years in the industry with a fleet of over 50 Australian coaches including several new large luxury 5 Star coaches as well as a large number of smaller modern coaches. Sightseeing & Hiking Tours - Cradle Mountain day tours, hiking and transport services operates all year round and offer excellent experiences in the State’s iconic Cradle Mt National Park in comfortable quality coaches with an informative local tour guide and full commentary. Cradle Mountain visitors are catered for with both short and extended Hiking options, Park Explorer and Sunrise Tours, Night Spotting Animals Dusk Tour along with Star Gazing Tours to see the vast expanse of the star filled night skies.
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is really a tour of two halves - one much better than the other. It started with a pick up at the hotel. Our tour guide was polite and well spoken. The bus was dedicated for animal spotting with a couple of spot lights. We had a short drive to the Devils at Cradle wildlife sanctuary where we were told we'd be seeing feeding of tasmanian devils and quolls. We did, but with a huge group of other people (>50 compared with the 9 on our tour). The feeding was about to start when we arrived and we had to push our way in to the crowd to watch it. Far far too big a group for viewing what was going on. I know these places need to earn money, but having paid for a specific tour, it would have been nice to have had a little more personal tour, with only our group, rather than being all lumped in together to such a big crowd. This was the first part of the tour, and I'd say 3 out of 5 given it was so hard to get space to watch what was going on.

Now the second part. The driver took us round some of the nearby tracks and locations, using a spot light to see the local wildlife. We saw loads of wombats, possums, wallabies and pandemelons. This bit of the tour was great, although I found myself stepping in to help out by holding a second spotlight, as the driver couldn't illuminate anything on the passenger side of the bus. This limited taking photos for me, but made it a much better experience for everyone else. There was no getting out whenever anything was spotted, but the windows opened and driver stopped until everyone had the pictures they wanted. I'd give this part a 5 out of 5.

Perhaps I'm being over critical here, and I umm'd and ah'd between a 3 and 4 star review. Despite the issues with the large group at the feedings, I'd still recommend this, but the tour operator should make it clear that it'll be a huge group for the feeding, and not just the people in the tour you're part of. All pictures attached were taken during to tour.

Thank Jonathan C
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Geoff Piper is a coach driver for McDermott's Coaches and it's obviously his great skill and vast experience as a driver, not to mention the responsibility he constantly shows for the care of his passengers and also his knowledge of Australian fauna and history - along with his always unruffled demeanor! - that makes journeying with him a great pleasure and for a memorable holiday.
It says a lot for McDermotts too, who have the good sense to employ Geoff and whose coach was obviously well maintained and always clean and well presented throughout our fortnight's tour, that I should, unusually for me, sit down to write this 'review'.

Thank virgil851
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Kim J, Director of Sales at McDermott's Coaches, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2016

We thank you so much for taking the time to post this great review .. it is so nice for our drivers to be acknowledged for their effort out on the road when on tour.

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Reviewed 18 November 2016

Staff on board bus professional, friendly and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Comfortable, quiet buses, fantastic day and overnight tours with always a couple of surprises in store. Gain good commentary and broad knowledge on history of Tasmania. Highly recommended if you are after a relaxing and informative tour, with a large variety of excursions to the choose from, be it a day trip, overnight stay or be more adventurous and join the happy tour venturing on a trip out of the state.

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Kim J, Director of Sales at McDermott's Coaches, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Travel Club experience with us and hope you can join us again in the future!

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Reviewed 8 November 2016

With Geoff Piper as our coach driver it was all excellent. His knowledge of Tasmania, the history, the animals was amazing. Down the East Coast of Tasmania together with scallop pies was to be well remembered, then our stay in Hobart, then back up the West Coast so different. Our Cradle Mt sightseeing with Mel was another afternoon to go down as a highlight. Geoff made the whole experience just great with all his history and anecdotes. He looked after us well and if you are lucky enough to have him as your driver you will appreciate it.

Thank marmac828
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Kim J, Director of Sales at McDermott's Coaches, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

Thank you for your great review, really appreciated and the best part is to remind our hard working staff what a great job they do and they are appreciated!

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Reviewed 9 October 2016

The national park at Cradle mountain use McDermotts as the bus company to operate their transfer of tourists in and out of the park, so that says something about their ability to function at a high level. Also, they can take you from Launceston to Cradle mountain on a day tour, or they can pick you back up in a few days and take you back. Also, for those who might do the Overland Trail where you finish up at Lake St. Clare, they can pick you up from there and take you back to Launceston. However, the Lake St. Clare does not operate every day so you'll need to check to see if it suits with your travel plans
These are comfortable buses, the drivers give you a nice commentary tour as you drive the 2 hrs, and some really interesting facts about the development of agriculture in the area, sounds dry but its really good.
They have an office at Cradle mountain and they were always pleasant and easy to talk to.

Thank WakeBoris
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