Janice BartonUnited States
Our group of 5 loved Ruth's tour of Hobart -- even a drive by of her driveway to see a little Wallaby. We especially loved seeing MONA and Ruth's guidance through there -- not sure we would have made it without her. It's not for everybody -- but was definitely enjoyed by us. Ruth's style is easy going, flexible, and very knowledgeable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Janice, Thank you! I also had a lovely day with all of you, and am very glad you enjoyed the weird and wonderful world of MONA. I hope you are safely at home, and can enjoy spring and summer...!
Theresa KohlUnited States
Ruth was a terrific guide...right on time and very flexible with our day. Highly recommend her as she is very knowledgeable about the area and an easy companion! Thanks for a great day!
John MateerUnited States
Our group of six had a wonderful time with Ruth on the wilderness tour. She has a fabulous personality with extensive knowledge of the Hobart area. Don't hesitate to book any excursion with Ruth because she wants everyone to have a great experience.
Susan MeyersUnited States
Wonderful day out with Ruth. She accommodated all the requests from our group of six and was extremely knowledgeable about the area, history and all the animals we saw on our tour. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Susan - I also really enjoyed the day with your group, and I hope your trip to NZ is a smooth one...and you get to see a bit more of the Aussie Open on the way!
Robert FrishmanUnited States
Our tour with Ruth was beyond superb. She was completely informed, passionately engaged with the material, and able to communicate it to us brilliantly. This truly was a local who not only knew about the places she took us to, but also told us many things about where we had been the day before! Boundless energy. Good storyteller. Interested in our stories, too. What more could we ask for? We have been on Tours by Locals excursions in Mexico City, Munich, Kyoto, and elsewhere. It will be hard to top Ruth.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob - thank you! You and Jeanne have not spared my blushes here...what a lovely response! It was a real pleasure to meet you both, and I am very glad that you enjoyed your day. I hope the rest of your trip with your family went well, and thanks again for your very generous comments!
Dominic JanuskyUnited States
Ruth was an excellent guide who really went out of her way to showcase Hobart. We were a little late disembarking, but Ruth was patiently waiting for the four of us and whisked us off in her van for a great tour. We could have of taken a ship tour, but Ruth combined about 4 tours in one and it was well over 6 hours. Wine tasting at several vineyards, lunch in Richmond, excellent cheese making and tasting, ice cream treats, touring Battery Point , but the highlight was the Bonorong Sanctuary..Outstanding!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dom, Pat, Dave and Maralee - thank you! I am really glad you enjoyed the day (and the ice cream!) and am happy that we featured on the video with the ‘roos at Bonorong! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see the video link you provided, but I hope you have lasting memories of a fun time in Tassie! I really appreciate this generous review, and am grateful I didn’t talk TOO much for you!
Chie Li EeUnited States
Lynette WayneUnited States
This tour was exceptional! We were pleased with the itinerary and the attention to detail at every stop. Ruth was very knowledgeable and professional. We would definitely recommend this tour.
We had an amazing day with Ruth. She went above and beyond to accommodate one persons mobility issues while ensuring each member received what they needed from the tour. Her knowledge of Hobart and Port Arthur was invigorating. The entire day was filled with stories and snippets of historical facts. She always had time to go our pace and encouraged us to do more when the walk became challenging. We finished the tour with stops at Tasmins Arch and Doo Town where all cottages have names with "do". Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for this lovely review Sharon! I am very glad you enjoyed your day, and hope you also enjoy the rest of your time in Tassie.
Grace Enriqueta VictoriaQuezon City, Philippines
As I said before, Ruth made sure we saw everything in the itinerary...she was also mindful of my condition. Friendly and considerate, we enjoyed her tour. Will recommend her highly.
Grace Enriqueta VictoriaQuezon City, Philippines
Ruth was very knowedgeable about the places we visited, amiable and very helpful. She was flexible about the itinerary and my daughter was glad Ruth allowed the changes, she gave us tips and also more knowledge about Australia itself. Will recommend her highly.
Very professional, easygoing and interesting tour by Ruth. We are very thankful.
Rosemarie ColemanUnited States
Our full day tour in Hobart area was great. Went to Tasman national park, Richmond, and many parts of Hobart. And everywhere in between! Ruth was very flexible to accommodate a change in plans due to cruise changes. She had a depth of knowledge that covered history, geography, political and cultural developments, and how that tied into what we were seeing as we traveled through the region. Ruth was friendly, entertaining and upbeat throughout, little touches all day. Totally recommend! She's a gem.
David AbrahamsonEvanston, IL, United States
Ruth is a treasure. A multi-generational Tasmanian, she has a vast knowledge of Hobart and Port Arthur, as well as the historical realities that make Australia's smallest state such a fascinating -- and often poignant -- place to visit. Incredibly gracious, her narrative was nothing less that "the truth well told": the 19th century convict past, the aboriginal tragedies, the contemporary concerns for the environment and much, much more. We're long-time and loyal TbL-ers, and Ruth is the best guide ever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: David, I am blushing!! There is nothing I can really say in response to your generosity, except to add that it is 5-star clients who make a 5-star guide, and you and Barbara were exemplary clients! I wish you many more years of enjoyable travels to far-flung corners of the world...
Victor SpringerScottsdale, AZ, United States
Gail OzolsNewmarket, ONTARIO, Canada
Ruth was so knowledgable and full of interesting facts. We got to see so much in such a short time. We were all so pleased at the Kangaroo sanctuary and for what they do. The visit to the sanctuary, wineries, and local town was supreme. I would definitely recommend this excursion with Ruth to anyone. Thank you Ruth for such a great fun and informative excursion.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gail - thank you for these generous comments - I am very pleased that you enjoyed the sanctuary - it is definitely one of my favourite places! Ruth
Christine NgPonte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
Ruth is a true professional. 6 of us had a lovely day with her. We went up to Mt Wellington, ate a lovely lunch (yummy pies) in Richmond and then spent a wonderful afternoon at the animal sanctuary. We also had a quick stop for cheese and honey tasting. Ruth is flexible, accommodating and entertaining. She really knows and loves the area. Wish we could have spent more time with her but our ship would have left us!
Thomas HickeyUnited States
Touring with Ruth was an excellent experience. She provided informed commentary and discussion on a wide variety of topics ranging from history to culture to the environment of Australia in general, and Tasmania in particularly. She tailored our tour to our interests and included interesting historical locations and locations of great scenic beauty. She was great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tom! I really enjoyed meeting the three of you, and am very glad that you had a good time in Tassie!
Ruth BarkerFarmington, UTAH, United States
Ruth is a wonderful & knowledgeable guide. Her love for Tasmania seeps through every pore. We had a wonderful day with her & learned so much. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ruth, seeing your delight and enjoyment of the forest around Russell Falls was a true pleasure for me! I hope all the photos turn out well and you and your family enjoy looking at them and remembering your trip. Thank you for your lovely review!
Janice DanzigUnited States
Excellent guide. Very personable and informative. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Janice - I enjoyed my time with you both!
Ruth is an amazing guide! We had such a great time with her. She is very knowledgeable, kind, helpful and her love for Tasmania is contagious. My husband is in a wheelchair and she made sure that we had everything go easy for our tour. We definitely would go on a tour with her again and highly recommend her services to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathy, Thank you very much for everything - I really enjoyed spending time with all of you - you can be very proud of your articulate, polite and lovely son - and Ross’s wicked sense of humour! I hope the rest of your time in Australia goes well, and I wish you all the best for 2019!
Friendly smile, punctual person and professional working attitude with excellent arrangement and detailed explanation during the whole trip. The vehicle is so comfortable and clean. She is very care about our requirements such as visiting local supermarket.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, Thank you for your very kind review - I enjoyed my day with you and your family very much!
Jeanne NelsonUnited States
Ruth is a delightful guide. Our day with her in Hobart was relaxed, informative, and fun. She is full of enthusiasm and knowledge for her home. Her varied background and education brings depth to her tour. She was flexible and sensitive to our needs. We are very glad we found her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeanne - thank you! I had a lovely day with you and Joel, and I am very glad you enjoyed yourselves in Hobart. I hope the rest of your travels went well!
Lynn SurdockUnited States
The 5 of us enjoyed a great day with you. Thanks for the extra time and attention for my father (age 78) who traveled with us. We enjoyed the driving tour of the Hobart, the national park waterfall and the sanctuary. Your knowledge of the area and the animals was fantastic. Our own private tour of the sanctuary with your knowledge. Thanks for showing us some great sites in the city as well. The brew pub had some great beers. Thanks for dropping us off there.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lynn! I enjoyed spending time with your dad, and I am really glad everyone enjoyed the day (and the beer). I hope the rest of your cruise went well. Thanks again, Ruth
Gabriel NabielskyAventura, FL, United States
In Tasmania there is no other person to have as a guide. We had the best tour of all our trip. Ruth was so in love of Tasmania that it was contagious. We covered everything in such a way that after 9 hours we were not tired. We appreciate her dedication to us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Gabriel - thank you very much! I was afraid I might have worn you out...I am very glad you enjoyed your (long) day. I hope Maria enjoyed hearing stories of your adventures, and that the rest of your trip works out well. Please contact me again if you are ever back in this part of the world; I loved meeting everyone. Ruth
George R.United States
It was a wonderful tour. Ruth was not only very knowledgeable, she was fun and flexible, and that counts a lot for us. We give her the highest recommendation.
Carole LangloisPenrose, COLORADO, United States
Ruth did a fantastic job taking us all around Tasmania. We learned so much as she was very informative and fun. Thank you Ruth for a wonderful day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carole - thank you very much for your feedback. I am really glad you enjoyed your day (and that we managed to fit everything in!)
Trishia WynkoopUnited States
Our tour with Ruth was FANTASTIC! The tour was completely customized and we did exactly what we wanted! Some of the highlights were the Cascade Brewery, drive up the mountain and Bonorong wildlife sanctuary. We saw so much that everything can't be listed. Ruth took pictures for us and knew so much about the area that we truly felt like a local for a day. Great tour with a fantastic guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Trishia, Thank you very much indeed for your warm and lovely comments - I really enjoyed spending time with you!