Alan WerthUnited States
Tasmania is a wonderful place and Coreena made it shine at it's best! Even during the booking process we knew we would be in good hands. Coreena identified that 2 cruise ships would be in port during our visit and designed a tour that minimized our congestion at the key sights such as the Bonorong animal sanctuary and Mt. Wellington. Coreena's knowledge of the island and her contacts with shop owners and vendors made for a spectacular day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Alan, I'm so pleased that your day was everything you hoped for and more. Happy cruising ... maybe this little taste of Tasmania may see you one day come back for more. Coreena :-)
Jamie KellerUnited States
Coreena could not have been a better guide! She was flexible, courteous and very enthusiastic! Fun to be with! Very knowledgeable. We would rate her 10+
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Aww thank you Jamie for your wonderful comments. I truly had a wonderful time with you both too. It was an absolute pleasure to personalise a combination of experiences over the two days you had in Tasmania. I'm thrilled that it was all that you hoped for and more. Thanks again and best wishes, Coreena :-) PS. I might just have to go back our roadside blackberry stop! Yum!!
Jamie KellerUnited States
Coreena did a wonderful job! She is very courteous and friendly. Very knowledgeable about her beloved Tasmania. We highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jamie, it was a wonderful couple of days spent with you both. Safe travels. Coreena
Larry GoldsteinUnited States
If there was a 10 to fill in we would! What can you say when you have a day from 8- 6 with a guide like Coreena! She delivered everything we hoped for and more! From Port Arthur penal colony to history of Tasmania to stopping at special sites along the way home to see some beautiful natural ateas. Her expertise was amazing. Her ancestors date back to the beginning which have us extra insight. Suggesting we stop for a glass of wine and try the oysters! Coreena thank you ! Larry and Ellen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Larry & Ellen, it truly was wonderful to spend the day with you both. It was certainly a great day exploring the historic and natural sights, ending with a taste of Tassie's oysters and wine. I'm absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed everything so much. Safe travels for the rest of your trip. Coreena :-)
Brett HughesUnited States
My family of 4 has become accustomed to good guides from Tours By Locals, but Coreena was exceptional. My wife is an aspiring photographer. Coreena is a professional. She has continued to help as our first trip to Australia draws to an end. The lunch she packed was both delicious and time saving, which is helpful when you're dealing with a ship excursion. The falls are beautiful, and Coreena is one of the very best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm absolutely delighted Brett. Thank you so much for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you all and of course to share a some photography hints and tips with Annette throughout the tour. Maybe I'll see you back in Tasmania again sometime. All the best and thank you. Coreena
Dennis R.United States
What an interesting area to tour and what a great guide in Coreena. There is more to see here than can be done in one day but Coreena did a super job of trying to show us everything in one day. All I can say is take this tour with Coreena.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely feedback Dale. It was a pleasure to meet you and share, as much as I had time for, about Tasmania’s wildlife, history and natural environment with you. Best wishes for your future travels. Coreena :-)
Dale WinogradUnited States
Coreena was Great! We spent a full day with her and she took great care of us. Not only is she a top notch tour guide ..but she prepared for us ...a great home made lunch. Book her if she is available.....you even get a bonus of professional grade pictures..as she is a photographer. We have used Toursbylocals for many years...and Coreena is a first class example why we love toursbylocals.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review Dale! It was very much my pleasure to meet you all and spend the day sharing with you some of what I love about Tasmania. I’m also thrilled that you enjoyed your picnic lunch. Safe travels and warmest wishes to you all. Coreena :-)
Sylvia BraunerUnited States
Coreena was just a Great guide. She showed us so much of Hobart and gave us a great feel for the city, the outskirts and Tasmania. From the wildlife sanctuary to the botanical gardens we enjoyed every moment of our time together. She was very very smart and knew everything about her city and was able to share it with us. If anyone goes to Hobart, you must have Coreena as your guider. We give her 10 stars!!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review - it was an absolutely pleasure to meet you all and show you my city, its surrounds, and of course introduce you to some of our ever-so-special wildlife creatures. I'm thrilled that your day was so amazing - just what I aspire to achieve. Stay well and enjoy the rest of your travels. Coreena :-)
Nancy B.United States
Coreena's deep knowledge of geography, history, and economic issues was amazing. Her awareness of viewpoints of natural wonders, the history of Port Arthur (the formal penal colony) and a great lavender cafe for lunch, as well as the many birds and fauna unique to Tasmania was impressive. Coreena's great sense of humor, willingness to answer questions, and her adaptability were great. Her guide knowhow bypassed long lines, facilitated a quick sail, avoided many tour buses. She is highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Nancy and Walter for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you both. I'm so pleased that you had such a wonderful day. Thank you for your generosity at lunch too. Enjoy the rest of your travels; I'm sure you will love your experience at Uluru. Happy travellin' - Coreena
Diane StubblefieldUnited States
We had the most awesome day. Totally appreciate the knowledge and experience provided. There is no way I could have seen so much in just 7 hours. Absolutely love her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Diane, it was lovely to meet you and spend the day showing you some of the highlights of Hobart on your whistle-stop visit. Enjoy the rest of your travels, Coreena :-)
The tour with Coreena was fantastic in every respect. Nothing was too much trouble, she enthusiastically helped in my research. Helping every way she could. It was a great day, lots to see and talk about. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Shirley, It was wonderful to spend the day exploring more about your family history in Tasmania’s midland region. There is so much to discover and learn about the convicts and early settlers in Tasmania and it is indeed a mammoth project for you. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories and learning what you have discovered thus far and hope that you find the many pieces to the jigsaw of your family tree. Warmest regards, Coreena :-)
Malou Crauser DaxLuxembourg
The tour with Coreena was a big experience, she was very nice, super well organized and she suceeded in making discover is Tasmania in a more than professional way. She organized a visit of the tasmanian devil wich was one of our must seen, it was just great. She drove us from highlight to highlight, and last but not least, her picnic was the best we ever had. Thank you for all, it was an experience we'll never forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Malou, it was so special to see your faces light up when seeing Tasmanian Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks for your lovely review - it was a pleasure to spend the day with you & Romain. Warmest regards, Coreena
Charles ParkeUnited States
Coreena was great with our group of retired seniors. Her recommended tour sites worked out well for us. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary was a big hit. Also the group enjoyed our discussions with the owners of the Jolly Farmer's Inn. Coreena is very knowledgeable and we enjoyed her company. I would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your feedback Charles, so pleased that you all enjoyed Bonorong so much and it was wonderful to include something a little different with your tour. I'm also very pleased that you enjoyed chatting about the history and stories of the historic property of the Jolly Farmer's Inn. Thanks for your kind words too. Stay well... Cheers, Coreena :-)
Our rating is a big fat 5! Coreena was fabulous! So much to see in Tasmania.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Robin & Chris, It was a pleasure to spend 3 days sharing with you different areas and attractions around Hobart and southern Tasmania. Best wishes, Coreena
Karen BrillUnited States
Coreena was an excellent tour guide and gave us excellent information on what we were seeing and recommendations for restaurants in Hobart. We were very impressed with her knowledge and enthusiasm of Tasmania and would recommend her for anyone considering a tour of Hobart and the surrounding area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Marshall, Karen & Alyssa, It was a pleasure to spend the day in Tasmania’s Huon Valley and share my knowledge with you. I trust you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Hobart while indulging in the many different dining options to choose from. Coreena :-)
Sandra KennedyNobel, ON, Canada
Coreena was an amazing guide. She is bubbly and enthusiastic and went above and beyond with our group for a full day in Hobart. We loved our day touring with her. It was informative and lots of fun. Thanks Coreena!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words Sandra! It was an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to share with you all what I know and love about Hobart and Tasmania. I had a great time showing you around too... Cheers, Coreena :-)
Eileen AustinUnited States
Wonderful tour! Coreena did a great job helping us understand Hobart, the land, animals and the history. Since we were first time visitors to Tasmania we really enjoyed seeing Hobart through her itinerary and her commentary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Eileen & Jay, for visiting Hobart, for travelling with me for the day, and for the lovely photos you gave me at the end of the tour. It was a very enjoyable day in your company and I hope that I have inspired you to one day return to see more of Tasmania. Cheers, Coreena
Michael StephensonUnited States
We enjoyed a fabulous day with Coreena on our recent Hobart-based tour. Traveling via ship we had only 1 day to visit & a wish list of must-see places & experiences. Coreena made certain our day was exciting & we saw everything we desired. She is pleasant, very knowledgeable, good humored & kept us on track. Mike's nose-to-nose with a Tassie devil is priceless! The Tessellated Pavement was a must; DooTown included lunch & geology. Port Arthur was amazing; she's very knowledgeable. Such a memorable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely review Mike & Mary-Jane... it is such a pleasure to have been part of your experience and to have shared with you the long-lasting memories of a wonderful journey enjoyed. It may have been just one day but that’s one of the many great things about a private tour - you get to do more of what most interests you, at your own pace with a local guide to share it with. It was a pleasure to have met you both during your recent cruise... Best wishes, Coreena :-)
Donald BrownUnited States
Coreena met me at the ferry from Bruny Island and we spent the day visiting the city of Hobart and some of the wetlands nearby. She is an outstanding guide. She has a mastery of the history of Hobart and Tasmania and an enthusiasm that makes the day fly by.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks again Don for your wonderful words... it was another wonderful day to have spent with you birdwatching and showing you the rainforest & tall tree forests of Mt Field, a different environment to Maria Island where we travelled a few days earlier. Tasmania is a diverse place as you have experienced and it was a pleasure to be part of your journey. Happy blogging ... Cheers, Coreena :-)
Donald BrownUnited States
I visited Tasmania primarily for bird watching. Coreena, although not billed as a "bird guide" was absolutely phenomenal. She made my one day tour to Maria Island a real pleasure. She knows a lot about a lot of things, including the natural environment. She accompanied me for the full day hiking about Maria Island, and then delivered me to the Oyster Bay Inn so that I could take the ferry over to Bruny Island for a two-day birding tour with Inala. She met me again after that on the 19th.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: WOW! I’m blushing Don :-) Thank you so much for your incredible review. It was an absolute pleasure to be part of your Tasmanian experience. You inspired and educated me along the way too. I thoroughly enjoyed showing you the diversity of Tasmania’s natural environment and of course wildlife spotting and identifying the many different species of birds with you. Thank you and I look forward to reading your blog when it’s ready. Cheers, Coreena :-)
Jean S.United States
If we could, we would give ten stars to Coreena. Our day with her was fabulous. She is so knowledgeable and her love of Tasmania shows; she has made us want to come back. If we do, we definitely will contact her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your lovely review Jean. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed seeing a snippet of Hobart during your cruise. I look forward to hearing from you if you do happen to visit Tasmania again in the future. Safe travels home... Coreena :-)
Tim FaganUnited States
Coreena is an excellent tour guide, very energetic, personable, knowledgeable, fun, and outgoing. This tour of tall trees and waterfalls in the national park and then the wildlife at the rescue center was outstanding. One of the highlights of our trip to Australia and New Zealand. Morning tea and lunch included was excellent. I highly encourage you to book your tour with Coreena.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your incredible comments and compliments. It was a real pleasure to be your guide in Hobart. All the best for your future travels, Coreena :)
Eleanor H.Sarasota, FL, United States
Our flexible day of touring was just what we requested with some extra fun things added. Coreena did a great job getting us around and providing lots of good information about Hobart and Tasmania. Great job!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elenoar, it sure was a lovely day showing you some of the many Hobart highlights... from nature and history to food and wine - all in a good day out. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it all. Cheers, Coreena :-)
George SokolowskiUnited States
Coreena was the perfect guide, managing to cover all the important points of our tour out of Hobart despite our very late arrival. Her flexibility and ready willingness to accommodated the individual needs of our party were deeply appreciated and led to a successful trip!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you kind Sir! :-) Better late than never! It was certainly a great afternoon/evening out and about with you all; I'm so pleased that you enjoyed see all that you did. Safe travels for the rest of your journey. Cheers, Coreena
Very knowledgeable and patient. It was a really great tour She sheed us more than we expected
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elias & Ruth, I thoroughly enjoyed showing you around and sharing some of what I love about Hobart with you. Best wishes for the rest of your holiday. Cheers, Coreena
Linda TownsleyUnited States
What a perfect guide! Not only was she very knowledgeable about the local area, but she was able to help us use our cameras in better ways to take some amazing pictures. She is organized, kind and thoughtful. The perfect combination.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gosh, what can I say to that?! Thank you Linda - of course I'm totally thrilled that you all had such a great time. It was a pleasure to be a part of your day in Hobart and I'm sure you have captured some wonderful memories, both in mind and camera. Cheers, Coreena :)
Marilyn BarnettUnited States
Coreena is a wonderful guide. She was quite knowledgeable about local Tasmania and Port Arthur history. In addition to an extensive tour at Port Arthur, she showed up some beautiful spots along the Tasmanian coast. I particularly appreciated also her attentiveness to following up before the trip to make sure we were all set to go. I highly recommend her to anyone visiting Tasmania.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely words Marilyn :-) The day was such a wonderful one with you and Judi and I'm so pleased you enjoyed hearing about the stark history of Port Arthur and Tasmania's convict era combined with seeing the stunning scenery of our coast. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with others by leaving this review. Coreena :-)
Forman FriendUnited States
Coreena is a first class tour guide. Great personal service, knowledgeable, flexible and extremely personable. She immediately comes across as committed to making memorable your tour in Tasmania.Our first stop was a 2 hour walk in Mt. Field National Park. Pace was perfect, and the beautiful sights were enhanced by Coreena's insights. She then took us to an out-of-the-way picnic area near the visitors center for a great lunch she had prepared. Wholesome, locally sourced and tasty.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Forman for such wonderful words in your review. I'm so pleased that the pace was perfect for you (that's just one of the advantages of a private tour) and that you enjoyed your walk in Mt Field National Park, the food and of course I'm sure you loved the Tassie Devils too - memories that I'm sure will come back to you when looking through your photos. Thanks again, Coreena :-)
Larry K.United States
What a Find! Corona is knowledgeable, personable and easy to be with and learn from. Not only does she know all the relevant history of the area/island/country but communicates this in a easy to understand manner. She was a pleasure to be with. But wait there is an extra bonus not contributed by other guides- that is, she is a major photographer . It's hard to say whether I learned more about picture taking or the history ofTasmania.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for such an amazing review Larry. I'm thrilled that you had such a wonderful day and that you got so much from the Tasmanian stories and photography guidance I shared with you. I'm sure you have some great memories of the day to look back on and just maybe you'll return for another visit in the future. Cheers, Coreena
Jean McLendonUnited States
We were on a back to back cruise, Cairns to Sydney then Sydney to Auckland NZ. I have always had wonderful experiences with Tours by Locals and the tour we set up with Coreena in Hobart Australia was another treasured experience! I had researched Hobart before our trip and corresponded with Coreena what we were most interested in seeing. She was able to come up with an itenerary where we were able to visit these areas. Thank you Coreena!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are most welcome Jean - it was a pleasure to spend the day with you both and it's great that you will treasure your experience from your visit to Hobart. Cheers, Coreena
Norman MorettoUnited States
Coreena promised a diverse and interesting tour and she delivered on every tour site she had us visit. Hobart and the surrounding areas are very interesting, but she made each stop even more fascinating because of her knowledge and background of the area. She was very flexible when adapting to our group's (8 people) various desires and interests. We had a great time a thank her very much.
Coreena was fantastic. The tour actually started months before our tour date when Coreena contacted us about our preferences for hiking, camera equipment and experience. She arrived on time and although the weather was not ideal, she was prepared with a plan for a most enjoyable afternoon. She was full of energy and had many knowledgeable camera tips that we experimented with during the afternoon and continue to use. We highly recommend her to anyone wishing to explore, hike and photograph the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your wonderful review Barbara. It was fantastic to get to know you and about your interests through our messages during the booking process; this always helps to better personalise touring & activities ahead of time. It was an absolute pleasure to share such a great afternoon with you and Joseph - I'm thrilled you have enjoyed such a memorable photography experience in Hobart and were able to take away some new information about your camera too. Cheers, Coreena :-)
Scott HarrisUnited States
Had an outstanding day with Coreena. Unfortunately, it was rainy but Coreena adjusted our plans so we could see as much as possible and even some things we didn't plan on seeing. All in all a great day with a wonderful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Scott, it was a great day out with you and Amy. The rain may not have eased too much for most of it so I'm very pleased that you enjoyed what we did see and do while trying to keep as dry as possible. Cheers, Coreena
Linda LaitnerUnited States
Coreena was a wonderful guide and hostess! She provided us with a day full of interesting places to visit, foods to eat and photo locations. By far the best tour of our 39 day cruise.
Elizabeth HughesUnited States
Wonderful customized trip by Coreena including Bonorong behind-the-scenes private tour where we were able to cuddle and play tag with Tina the Wombat, play tug of war with the Tasmanian Devils, and feed a number of other wonderful creatures. Coreena was a perfect concierge, driver, companion, photographer, and wealth of knowledge about Tasmania and all of the locations we went to. She also added a drive up to Mount Wellington, which was covered in snow for some playing after Bonorong--best tour ever!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lizzie, Fantastic to read your words about how much you enjoyed your tour to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - Bonorong truly is a special place to learn about such amazing creatures. Thanks also for your very kind words about your experience and I'm so pleased that I was able to share with you so many special things about Tasmania in the short time you had. Cheers, Coreena :-)
Elizabeth HughesUnited States
Coreena is the most wonderful guide you will ever find. A wealth of knowledge, she is always cheerful, flexible, and helps you get exactly what you want out of your time with her. We visited Bruny and saw all the main sites within a day, which is a minor miracle! We also spotted TWO white wallabies in the wild, as Coreena knows where to find the grazing spots for all sorts of critters. Wonderful beach walks, cliff vistas, gourmet tastings, bird sightings. We were in awe of the beauty she shared with us :)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lizzie, there were so many moments that you all said "WOW" - in many cases there are no other words for Bruny Island. Thank you so much for such kind words, great to hear you enjoyed every aspect of your visit to Bruny Island. It may have been a long day but so worthwhile to take the time to see so much in one day as you did, especially the wildlife including the rare white wallabies and other numerous wallabies in their natural habitat. Cheers, Coreena
Thanks Coreena; An awesome experience and the four of us really appreciated the flexibility and creativity you showed putting things together. Off the beaten track, some added little extras and your local insights made our day and our experience in and around Hobart absolutely wonderful. The old town of Richmond, magnificent views from Mt Wellington, the Bonorong animal preserve, and "discovering" the rare fresh water mountain shrimp was a treat, all the while avoiding the crowds. A very special day!
Dave LayUnited States
Very professional, explained all areas and sites in detail, excellent driver, very kind and courteous. This was the best and most reasonably priced tour I have taken. This tour and Coreena are highly recommended, if you want to see Tasmania and Hobart.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Dave, I'm so pleased that your visit to Hobart was so enjoyable - and I'm thrilled to have been part of it - it was most certainly a fantastic day out - with excellent Tasmanian autumn (fall) weather too :-)
George S.Boca Raton, FL, United States
Coreena did a terrific job in showing 6 of us around Hobart and surrounding areas. From Richmond to the Cascades brewery to the Salamanca area, the Richmond jail and bakery and to the old jam factory, Coreena provided great background and information. As a member of a founding family of the colony she is proud of the area and enthused to share her knowledge. I strongly recommend Coreena V for anybody looking for a tailored tour of Hobart and its surroundings.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you George... it was a wonderful day out with you all too, I really enjoyed being your guide in Hobart for the day while your cruise ship was in port; thank you very much for your kind words. Coreena V
Teresa MacGregorUnited States
Coreena offered us a fun, educational and energetic day out. She not only knows her local history, but is passionate about sharing it with others. Five stars are not enough! Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words :-) It was a wonderful day out in your company and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your tour visiting Richmond & Port Arthur. Coreena
Bob MartinUnited States
Coreena was very accommodating with taking us where we wanted to go and providing commentary and guidance as to what we were seeing. She provided a great tour for us.