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Small Group Tours, Guided Tours from Sydney

Posted by in Ecotourism,Farmstay Blue Mountains,Guided tours,Outback Australia Tours,Small Group Tours,Things to do in Sydney,Tours From Sydney | February 13, 2014

Ever been on one of those huge tourist buses with 65 other people?

They pull up at some sight or attraction “OK, you’ve got 30 minutes, if you’re not back, we leave without you!” the guide barks.

Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventure tours are NOT like that. We cater for groups from 2 to 11 people, in comfortable vehicles with a guide who gets to know you and who caters the visits to what you want to see and how long you want to stay.

Small group tours are the popular way to travel these days. Travelers invest a lot of time, effort and money getting to places where they will be immersed in a different culture, see interesting, spectacular or beautiful sights and meet new, different and fascinating people. Therefore they want to ensure that they receive a personalised experience to make the most from what they have invested.

Sally leads a small group on a bush walk in the Blue Mountains National Park

Sally leads a small group on a bush walk in the Blue Mountains National Park

On an Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures tour passengers are more than just part of group, they are individuals who have a say in the progression of the tour. At every part of the itinerary, from visiting the wildlife parks, wineries, caves and villages to experiencing horse riding or bush walking, the scope of the activity and time spent enjoying it are entirely up to the customers. Not interested in fossils? OK, we can leave earlier and move on to something else. Need more time patting the kangaroos? No problem, we always have some time to be flexible.

It’s these kind of specialised itinerary alterations that make Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures tours so personal and so special.

Special and personalised experiences make your tour unique and memorable

Special and personalised experiences make your tour unique and memorable

On the other hand, another feature that customers value in Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures tours is that everything is planned and organised. Travelers don’t have to make bookings, organise transport, reserve accommodation or buy and prepare food. Everything is done for you on tour, just sit back and relax and let Sally do the driving for you.

The venues visited have been hand picked by Sally to provide a varied range of genuine Aussie bush experiences. She’s done all the hard work in researching, networking and negotiating to come up with the best opportunities to see the real Australia. And her inside knowledge whereby you meet her family and childhood friends, gives visitors the kind of insider experience that few international visitors could ever hope to organise for themselves.

Meet Sally's family and friends - Real Aussies

Meet Sally’s family and friends – Real Aussies

So tours combine the perfect mix of a guided tour and a personalised experience. Every day travelers with Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures are given choices in the exact experiences available and/or the time spent enjoying each one, but once they decide all they need to do is relax and enjoy!

Now is the time to visit the Blue Mountains

Posted by in Ecotourism,Farmstay Blue Mountains,Tours From Sydney | November 7, 2013

At the beginning of this month there were serious bush fires in the Blue Mountains.

But, they are contained now, and pose no threat to visitors to the region.

The fires were huge, one more than 50,000 hectares and with a front longer than 200km.

But the Blue Mountains National Park is MASSIVE, at over 1,000,000 hectares, so the fires affected only a small fraction of the National Park as a whole.

Most of the Blue Mountains spectacular bush was untouched by the bush fires

Most of the Blue Mountains spectacular bush was untouched by the bush fires

The fires were very serious with lives, houses and infrastructure threatened. Almost 200 houses were destroyed and millions of dollars of damage was recorded (though thankfully no lives were lost).

But the major tourist attractions of this world renown region were untouched by the fires. All the favourite venues, Scenic World, Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Segway Tours, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventure tours and more are open for business having not been affected.

Horse riding with Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures at Centennial Glen Stables in the Kanimbla Valley of the Blue Mountains

Horse riding with Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures at Centennial Glen Stables in the Kanimbla Valley of the Blue Mountains

Whilst the fire emergency lasted hundreds of Mountain residents gave up their usual jobs and acted as volunteer fire fighters, helping to save lives, property and the bush.

But now that the fires have been contained these hard working men and women (or heroes as we like to refer to them) are back at their usual employment. For many of the Blue Mountains population that means serving the tourist trade.

World Heritage wilderness of the Blue Mountains National Park, the view from Shipley Plateau to the Megalong Valley, completely untouched by the fires

World Heritage wilderness of the Blue Mountains National Park, the view from Shipley Plateau to the Megalong Valley, completely untouched by the fires

The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage Wilderness area, so very little commercial activity can be conducted. The tourist industry which facilitates responsible access for visitors to appreciate the many natural wonders that the Blue Mountains has to offer, is the major source of income for the many villages which line the thoroughfares through the mountains.

Unfortunately bad news spreads like the wild fires which ravaged parts of the Mountains, however good news doesn’t quite get the same media attention. So many tourists heard that the Mountains was in trouble, few have since learnt that the mountains are back open for business.

So now is the perfect time to visit the Blue Mountains. The weather is glorious, as spring is one of the best times to see the Mountains. The population are ready to welcome you with open arms, so come on back to the Blue Mountains today!!

Join Us on Social Media with Facebook Twitter & Pinterest

Posted by in Ecotourism,Farmstay Blue Mountains,Social Media,Things to do in Sydney,Tours From Sydney | July 3, 2013

One of the best ways we connect with people around the world who are interested in travelling both to and around Australia is through our social media portals.

Currently you can find us on the following social media platforms:

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Facebook

Of course! It’s been a great platform for sharing the best images of the Australian bush with the most Likes coming from countries beyond Australia – as we’re exotic to foreign nationals while often being humdrum to the locals!

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Twitter

We’ve been doing twitter for four years and recently cracked our 16,000th follower! All organically developed, have never bought any followers – we have a fantastic rate of engagement going on.

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Pinterest

Pinterest is another great way of showcasing the simple glories of the Australian outback. Some of the boards we’re developing are things to do in Sydney and Blue Mountains tours while we find our best images regularly experience (modest admittedly) small bursts of viral sharing.

Instagram?

Sorry call me a Luddite but I don’t have a smart phone!

A Return on Investment

The truth is that our social media activities have not yielded a massive return for the hours and content that we’re published.

However what they have done is help us sharpen our wits around what messages we’re putting out there – the images we publish, the albums we create, the words we use to convey what we’re about as a small boutique Australian tour company.

Pinterest in particular is great as a way to publicly catalogue our images. There are times when I’m out on a tour and thinking gee I need to access our logo to send to a magazine manager needing our logo for an ad, and suddenly I remember I can grab the logo straight from Pinterest!

Inevitably social media is an investment in creating your own magazine so give me another 2-3 years and I should have my own little small-magazine-audience – lots of work ahead of course.

Happy travelling!

- Sally.

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Ecotourism Australia

Posted by in Ecotourism,Farmstay Blue Mountains,Outback Australia Tours,Tours From Sydney | May 31, 2013

Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures is proud to be accredited with Ecotourism Australia. Ecotourism Australia is Australia’s internationally recognised body for the promotion and advancement of environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism.

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There are 3 levels of accreditation, starting with Nature Tourism: Tourism in a natural area that leaves minimal impact on the environment, progressing to Ecotourism: Tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities, and advancing to Advanced Ecotourism: for those operators who can show world’s best practice..

As a small company Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures is proud to be Ecotourism accredited. To have gained this prestigious title at the level IV certification tours need to be organised in such a way as to ensure that operations are carried out always with the environment in mind. All tours operated by Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures use transport which is the minimum necessary for each group. The accommodation we provide minimises energy and resource use. We act responsibly in waste disposal and recycling and advise our passengers in the best practices to preserve the environment.

Aussie Farmstay and Bush Adventures also fosters business in the regional areas we visit by purchasing materials locally, using local services and engaging local staff to assist in tour operations. We educate passengers in indigenous culture by visiting Aboriginal centres and sites and providing culturally appropriate information.

What comes naturally for Aussie Farmstays and Bush Adventures is good for the environment and good for local communities and good for Australia and we are proud to be recognised for that!

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