Yvonne M.BEAVERTON, OREGON, United States
Great tour with Darrin! He is both fun and really knows the territory. Even though the weather prevented us from doing the actual tour we had booked Darrin improvised and took us to some great spots. It was a very enjoyable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much Yvonne. I really appreciate the review, it didn't really go according to plan with so many variables such as a cyclone, my other driver needing help due to a family issue, and the dreaded corona virus. However the good thing about this area is we can improvise with plan B and C and even D lol. It also helps that you and the tour party were so understanding and willing to compromise. A BIG thank-you to you and the gang, I had a great time. Happy Travels. Darrin.
Christine BakerHoughton Regis, BEDS, United Kingdom
We had a fantastic 2 days with Darrin. Nothing was too much trouble. He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area. He is also great fun. Highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Christine. I genuinely had a lot of fun with you all. I also appreciated the interest you showed in the wildlife we saw, the food we ate, and the scenery we experienced. I also hope you enjoyed your dining experience later that night. Happy cruising. Darrin.
Irna ShamosUnited States
Darrin is a most exceptional guide. We have traveled extensively and can honestly say that it is rare to find a guide of his caliber. We had a terrific time with Darrin and enjoyed a comprehensive and thorough tour that accomplished exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Irna. It was truly and indeed my pleasure to have the honour of both yourself and Ray on-board with me. Seeing the appreciation on your faces of the areas we visited, and to read your review is truly reward enough for me. You are welcome back any time at all to see the rest of this diverse and beautiful paradise. Happy travels. Darrin.
Debbie YasenkaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debbie. Thanks so much for your company on tour. I really enjoyed your company. Please give my special regards to Rob. Happy travels. Darrin.
Bruce PincheonUnited States
Darrin was/is amazing. We have had tours by locals in over 20 countries and no one has worked as diligently to make our two days more special. Darrin reacted to our ship changing the itinerary and then to our changing our mind about what to do without a hitch. He waited for hours for us because of tendering issues and was full of suggestions about what to do next and was in constant good humor and fun and informative to be with. He took us off the beaten path, where we saw everything we wanted to. Perfect
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Folks. What a great review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with me here in the tropics, and appreciate the fact that you are willing to rave about it. I do the same for all my customers, but sadly not many write reviews these days unless they are angry ha ha. Obviously this is not the case here, and just seeing the appreciation on the faces of the group is always reward enough for me. You are most welcome to come back and tour with me again at any time. Happy and safe travels. Darrin
Elizabeth GrayUnited States
Wonderful trip. Wonderful guide. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elizabeth. Thanks so much for your feed back and rating. You truly were a great couple to have on-board and I'm glad we got to see most of our selected rain-forest species in a magical environment. Happy travels Darrin.
Scott KocurekUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott. Thanks so much for the 5 Stars. As you know we are doing it pretty tough here in Australia presently with all the bad press from the bushfires. Things are on the improve down south and we never even knew about it here, so your rating will help tremendously. I'd be delighted to have you come back and tour with me again. Different reef boat, and different area of our backyard paradise. Please dont forget us. I loved your company and appreciation of all we saw and did. Happy travels. Darrin.
Robert FarquharsonUnited Kingdom
This tour is really weather dependent and the weather was appalling. Darrin offered to reschedule but our time in Cairns was limited. Darrin made the best he could of the day by changing the itinerary to suit. He was great company and went out of his way to provide us with photo opportunities despite the weather. Thanks Darrin for going above and beyond.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert. Thanks so much for your 5 star rating and kind words. Its amazing what you can still see and do if the weather misbehaves on this tour as you have stated. I really enjoyed your company on the day and thank you for the wonderful memories. I'm certain you had a great day yesterday on the reef as the weather cleared for you. If you ever have the opportunity to come back this way again. I will pray for fine weather and we will do it all again at a slightly cheaper rate. Happy travels. Darrin.
Syed Mohamed A GSingapore
Darrin is very knowledgeable and provided insightful information on the area we were touring. He is a very good company who made the tour an enjoyable one. He was very punctual, polite and very friendly. I would recommend Darrin very highly to anyone who wants to do a tour in and around Cairns! Thank you, Darrin!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Syed. Thanks for your kind words. Despite a little bit of bad weather and some holiday crowds that reduced our animal sightings. I agree we had a great day. I look forward to having you and hopefully your family on-board next time. Good luck with your studies, and happy travels. Darrin.
Jeffrey LengyelUnited States
Thank You Darrin! Booked the two day tour for my Norwegian Jewel port days at Yorkey's Knob. Darrin was the best. He kept in constant touch as we prepped for the tour. He was waiting at Yorky's Knob to pick our group for both days. Day 1 Darrin drove us over to Cairns and we were off to the Reef for Snorkeling and Glass bottom boat tour. Day 2 was also a full day visiting the sights around Cairns and the Tablelands. This 2-day tour was the high point of my cruise! Thx again Darrin for a great tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeffrey. Your response has made my day. A lot of planning goes into the tour logistically especially from Yorkeys cruise Port, as things can get very tight. The group you organised were great fun, very understanding and cooperative, which I am sure made the tour flow very well indeed. We had a great time together, and it satisfies me to see that my customers enjoy and appreciate the time spent touring this world heritage listed paradise. You are all welcome back anytime. Happy travels. Darrin
Ross GinsbergUnited States
Darrin gave us a wonderful tour. He was easy to negotiate with for the agenda and still managed to surprise us with some extras, like the farm and the lunch. We are very keen on photography and he took us to places that provided ample opportunity to catch some "wall worthy" shots. He also went the extra mile for us and has answered some questions promptly after the tour. Tour with him and you will be very pleased.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ross. Thanks so much for your kind words and support of my tours. It’s so nice to change down a gear and relax as we hunt through this dirverse landscspe in search of photographic content. As most of my tours are spent at a steady pace explaining history ecology flora and fauna amongst this rare world Heritage scenery. So thankyou for your company, it was a pleasure indeed to assist you on a personal level taking you to my out of the way places as a local. Happy travels. Darrin.
Chad GlanzerUnited States
Our family had a great time with Darrin. He was very professional and was able to make changes to the tour to meet our families needs. He was great to visit with and our teenage kids also really enjoyed him as well. We will be using Darrin again if we return to the Cairns area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chad and family. I know it's wrong to have favourites, but you and your lovely family were some of the best guests Ive had the pleasure of meeting. We crammed a lot into a late start and if I could have stayed for dinner with you that night, I would have gladly accepted the invitation. I work tirelessly to accommodate to a large cross section of people from right around the world, and so it was a pleasure to guide you through the history and scenic beauty of my backyard paradise. Happy travels. Darrin.
Theresa LechlitnerUnited States
Darrin is a really nice guy. He was very communicative prior to booking to tailored the tour to our time frame and sightseeing wishes. He arrived for pick up early and got us to the airport on time. We loved Lake Barrine and seeing the two waterfalls along the way. The lower rating is due to lack of historical knowledge about the aboriginal population as requested. We would also have preferred more concrete information about the area we were touring and less personal/political commentary.
Bob BakerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bob and family. Thanks so much for your rating and promise of recommending me to others. I do look forward to hear from them soon. Happy travels. Darrin.
Mark StilwellUnited States
I hired Darrin to drive my family of five from Cairns to Townsville from May 10 to 11, with several guided tours of the coastline areas over that period. From the moment he met us (right on time) at Cairns Airport until he dropped us off at the Townsville Airport (waiting to make sure we made our connection), we were delighted to be in Darrin's expert, good-natured company. My kids (all young adults) simply loved him, and that helped make our brief visit to the area very special.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi mark and family. Thanks so much for your very kind words. We had a great time despite running out of it... Nevertheless, I was glad to read that you saw the big whites, and that your stay on Orpheus Island was a your slice of heaven. I will hold you to that promise, of visiting if i get back to the U.S, and ofcourse you are welcome back to tour with me any time at all. Happy travels. Darrin.
Regan SchwartzUnited States
Excellent tour guide! Darrin was friendly, personable and extremely accommodating. Even though the weather was 'monsoon-like' and we couldn't get to do all the things we wanted to, we still had a wonderful and fulfilling experience with Darrin as our tour guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Regan. Thank you. I always get concerned meeting new travellers wondering what their reaction will be like when we are faced with the rare terrible weather event. You guys were up there with the most understanding folks I've ever had the pleasure of touring with. You absolutely made my day !! Things didn't really go according to the itinerary but we did have the awesome opportunity to see the mighty Barron Falls in flood. I'm looking forward to having you all on tour again very soon. K regards. Darrin
Mike Apryl BonannoCALIFORNIA, United States
Long overdue.... Darrin was a great tour guide. He had the day beautifully planned out. Stopping and showing us all around Cannes and the surrounding areas. We had a beautiful lunch at a coffee plantation. Then off to a tasting of Mango wine. Being from California, we know and love wine. This was so interesting and delicious. What a treat! He dropped us off at the Daintree Skyrail. Beautiful. Then onto a ATV ride thru the rainforest. That was a blast. The ATV was a small group and just breathtaking.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Folks. Thank you for your response, I'm so glad you remembered to respond, as it makes for an honest review process for others and tells me that you were indeed satisfied with my tour. Despite being quite a while ago, I do remember our day very well as a wonderful day with perfect company. You are more than welcome to tour again with me any day, and I'm certain if you invite your friends and family to Australia, I will look after them just as well as I did yourselves. Happy travels. Darrin.
Barry LandryUnited States
Darin was very professional And knowledgeable about the tablelands . He put together a great itinerary for us. He also arranged a very good tour of the reef with small number of passengers. After speaking with some of our fellow travelers it sounded like we had a better tour than going to the Daintree rain forest. I would highly recommend him for your trips in Cairns.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barry. I genuinely enjoyed the company of you and the group as we travelled together. Your interest in the area and appreciation of its preservation and creation make the tour just so much easier for for me. You are all welcome back to travel with me any time and I trust that wont be too long down the track, as we are indeed kindred spirits. Happy travels and good health. Darrin.
Linda NeeleyUnited States
One of the best tours I've ever been on. I loved both days. The boat crew for the Barrier Reef were top notch in friendliness and helpfulness and the lunch was superb. Darrin was an extremely knowledgeable guide and knew where to find wildlife. The sites we visited were unique and inspiring. I highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Linda. Thanks so much for your rating and review. I think I had just as good a time as you. Yes, the animals we hunted for behaved, and performed for us allowing some great photo opportunities. The weather and food were great, and this resulted in my job being made so much easier. I’ll do my best to find that missing souvineer for you, and look forward to your next visit. Happy travels. Darrin.
Susan PrattUnited States
Our group of 6 had a great day with Darrin. He made some great suggestions and took us to see and do everything we requested. Even though we saw a lot, the day felt very relaxing, which was perfect for us. I would highly recommend him to others looking for a customized day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan. Thank you very much for the super review and rating. I don't take any such feedback lightly, and therefore I am thrilled that what i was able to do for you, from beginning to end was just what you needed and more... I hope your tour with me was indeed a highlight of your Australian experience, and that your recommendations to friends and family will prove consistent with what i strive to deliver. Happy travels. Darrin.
Ruby L.United States
Our group enjoyed the tour with Darrin very much. Darrin is knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor. He is also a safe driver that's important to us. We learnt a lot about the rainforest, various species of trees, wildlife, volcanic crater lakes, etc. Also, the breakfast we had was absolutely delicious, best scones we ever had and the coffee was just great. A day well spent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ruby - Lui Thankyou for the wonderful rating and review, I really try genuinly hard to keep every customer happy and comfortable in my delivery of every request. It looks like I hit my target well with you, and I might add it was very easy to do so, since you appreciated all you saw and did on tour. I hope we can do it again sometime, you were all a pleasure to have on board. Happy travels, Darrin.
Itsuay DarcangelisUnited States
Darrin was very focused on customer satisfaction. We are a group of 4, we booked a private Tableland tour for the day, he didn't nitpick on the hours agreed to (not that we would take advantage of it either) but rather focused on giving us a good tour experience. He was patient, never rushed us, was probably more disappointed than us when platypus decided not to show up whatsoever. Trying to see wild animal in its natural habitat was always understood to be hit and miss, we just went with the flow.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much ITsuay, it was indeed a pleasure to have you and your family on-board. I hope we all made some great memories together. You are all welcome back anytime. Happy travels. Darrin.
Deborah RalphUnited Kingdom
Absolutely fantastic. Darrin went out of his way to accommodate all we wanted to see and ticked off everything on our bucket list. The highlights were cuddling a koala, seeing kangaroos and a platypus in the wild as well as a rare tree kangaroo also in the wild. The scenic aerial gondola to Kuranda was amazing and we also had time to explore. The accommodation at Yungaburra was superb and an excellent dinner together. We also enjoyed the waterfalls and the coffee house by the lake. Terrific trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Debby. Thank you so very much for the feed back, such kind words are not taken lightly. You were both very easy going travellers, and furthermore had an appreciation for the outdoors and what we managed to see. It was because of this that you made my job so easy. If you are ever back this end of the globe again you are more than welcome to jump on board again for another tour. In the meantime i wish you both happy and safe travels in the future. Kind regards. Darrin.
Shawna KellyUnited States
We really enjoyed our day with Darrin. The weather didn't cooperate too much with our plans but he made sure that our day was good. He was very informative and it was nice to sit back and relax and let someone else worry about where to go.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shawna. I really appreciate your rating and understanding of the efforts I went to in order to make a rainy day special. Please dont be a stranger, keep in touch and come back when you can. Kind regards. Darrin.
Lanis HicksUnited States
Great excursion. Our guide was very knowledgeable and went out of her way to accommodate our requests to see certain things. We were able to see things we would never have been able to find on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much guys it was great to have you travel with us. I'm so glad you were able to see our world heritage areas and the rare animals that live within. Btw your photos are nothing short of excellent.
we got the best out of a full day tour. Darrin was a very good, friendly, accommodating guide with a good range of knowledge which he shared with us in a nice and memorable way. We would highly recommend him for any nature tour in Cairns.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Wolfgang. Thanks so much for the kind words and rating. I had a great time touring you all around, and I'm glad to hear the experience gave you happy memories. That's what we strive for every tour for every person. You are all very welcome to return if time prevails, as I have so much more I can show you. In the meantime I wish you safe and happy travels until your return. All the very best. Darrin.
Darrin took us for a private Tour thorough Cairns, the rainforest ans the back country. It was an outstanding experience with an absolute great Tourguide. Darrin is a reall nice guy, we had lots of fun. Thank you very much! We wil defenently do a tour again next time we are in Australia and can highly recommend Darrins business! Robert & Juliane & Charlotte
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Guys. Thanks for this 5 star review, you are to kind. Despite some rain on the day I believe we all had a great time just doing the things you wanted to see and do. It was an absolute pleasure showing you my backyard, and as mentioned there is still so much more to see. So on that note, I look very much forward to seeing you on-board with me again. I hope you enjoyed your birthday treat on one of Australia's best Island Getaways too, you deserve it !! Happy travels. Darrin.
Maria EgusquizaUnited States
The guide Darrin was prompt and very eager to show his native backyard. He was efficient and had an active filled day in which we covered quite a lot in a small amount of time. He picked us up when our cruiseship arrived at noon and came back around 7:30 leaving us happy about the great tour we had just had. Thank you Darrin for a wonderful view of the tablelands!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Maria. Thank-you very much for the wonderful rating. You were all a pleasure to have on-board, we had a lot of fun together I believe. Despite the weather I think we managed to see nearly all of what I had planned to do. I hope the restaurant was to your liking, and that you enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef trip organised through your cruise. If you are ever back this way again, I would be delighted to show you our reef tour and some other options we may have to offer. Happy Travels. Darrin.
We spend a wonderful day with Darrin at Hartley's Crocodile Adventure's. We even have some tour disruption due to weather conditions in a day before tour with Darrin so we need to change our pick up location and time. Darrin manage it easily and get us in time back to airport. During the tour Darrin also was informnative and helped us with tickets/food/water. Great tour and great experience. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Artem. It was indeed a pleasure to have you both on-board for the day. Being flexible is a big part of what is expected with private tours, that is the beauty of touring with a local who has a close working relationship with other locals in the business. I'm glad you had a wonderful day as a result, and hope to have the pleasure of your company again sometime. Happy Travels. Darrin
Steve SchneiderUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for your five star rating Steve. I believe I work hard to achieve and keep my stars, and as a result I trust all my travellers are rewarded with excellent service and value for money. I hope to see you and others in the family as soon as it is practically possible in the future for more customised tours of our paradise. Kindest regards. Darrin.